Published: March 19th 2012March 18th 2012
Had a very leisurely breakfast with umpteen cups of coffee and even darjeeling tea (home from home).
Lunch was organised for us and we had the opportunity to make cheese/tuna/ham rolls for lunch with a piece of fruit. Ed couldn't face yet another cheese/tuna/ham roll and decided not to bother!!
The bus dropped us at the entrance to the National Park for the falls and gave us 100 pesos for the entrance fee.
Despite the heat, we had a really nice day. There are several trails one can follow - a trail that takes you to the base of the falls, one that takes you on level with the falls, one that gives you a short boat trip across to an island where you can climb up to view the falls from the middle and one where you take a little train for 20 minutes to a trail which takes you right out across the river to the 'mouth of the falls'. We followed every trail and the views out across the water were fantastic. The only downside was that it was a Sunday and every family with their grandparents and babies were out clogging the relatively narrow
metal walkways in both directions so that one couldn't walk normal walking pace as people in crowds just seem to walk at a snail's pace!! It was good to get some exercise though and it was a long walk down many a stone step to get the boat across to San Martin (the island in the middle at the bottom of the falls) and many a stone step up to the viewpoint on the island. It was also many a stone step up on the return journey to get back where we started from. Thank goodness we are no longer at altitude as I think we would still be there trying to get to the top.......
There was quite a bit of wildlife to see in the park and we spotted a rather odd looking bird with blue eyebrows and a blue plume on its head (no idea what it was!), several lemurs (which appeared to be chasing any food dropped), an armadillo, some very dark brown rats and - on the way back on the eco boat trip - several capuchin monkeys swinging from branch to branch, one a mother with its baby on her back. Also, any
Iguazu Falls - Argentina
local wildlife: plush-crested jay
number of brightly coloured butterflys and lizards, etc..
We stopped a couple of times for a cold drink stop in an air-conditioned kiosk (which offered welcome respite from the heat) and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
We arrived back at the coach park by 4.30 where our bus was waiting to take us all back to the Hostel where we were staying.
Peeled off our hot sticky clothes and each had a shower. The hostel was originally offering 'pizza night' but this was cancelled and the only alternative appeared to be 5 empanadas and a beer - which neither of us fancied at all. We, therefore, hopped on the bus which stopped outside the hostel and went 10 minutes into town for dinner.
We each had pasta and shared a salad and a large beer (1 litre bottle which some of the members of our group seem to manage at least 3 of without a problem), some of which we left and took a taxi (for not much more than our joint bus fare into town) back to the hostel where we waited for a free machine to write up this blog.
Bought a big bottle of ice cold water and then went to bed to our ice cold room. (Yesterday night we turned the air conditioning off as otherwise we would have had to ask for some blankets!!)