Published: July 4th 2012May 28th 2012
So the next stop on the tour was definitely a priority for both of us – The Iguazu Falls. The falls are said to be bigger than Niagara and lie just on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. We grabbed another overnight bus (this time 18hours, the longest bus yet) from Buenos Aires and arrived in the small town of Puerto Iguazu around lunchtime. Back to warm weather again and I was grinning from ear to ear.It was too late to do the falls so we had a relaxing afternoon with some beers and an Argentinian grill for two. I think you will begin to notice by now that this country is really bad for making ridiculously good food for a reasonable price and we were taking advantage! That evening we managed to get the Eurovision on the RTE player and I know it sounds sad but I had to watch it. I suppose this was one of the things about home that has been a big thing over the last few years with parties etc. so with beers and a constant commentary on What’s App with my friend Niamh, it made for a different type of party. After this,
John and I wanted to head out for the night as it was Saturday but it didn’t last long as I got sick and we had to come home early. I still think that I’m getting over the jet lag from the flight to be honest!
We had decided not to do the falls the next day as John’s friend was coming from Bolivia and we were planning to meet him so had an extra day. Luckily we had this plan cos Sunday was a complete wash out. There was a continuous thunderstorm for the majority of the day with branches struck by lightning off trees, pieces of plants all over the streets and electricity cut offs. As if we didn’t need an excuse to have a day of absolute relaxation! We tried to book an extra night in the hostel but it was fully booked so we had to find another place to move to the next day, apart from that it was a bit of a break from the constant go and I was glad of it.
The next day we awoke to clear skies, checked out and into hostels and off we set towards the
national park to see the mighty falls themselves! The park is huge and you really could spend a few days here, following different trails and doing independent trekking. We hopped on a train to the first view of the falls – Gargantua del Diablo or The Devils Throat. It was a short 1km walk along a bridge to reach the almighty falls. As we approached them, John was sceptical mentioning that they didn’t look that spectacular but once we arrived at the proper viewing point, I was standing mouth opened staring at them, at John, back to them. It was like an exciting tennis match or something. I was speechless. Even though they were right there in front of me, I could not believe the amount, force and speed of the water gushing down the massive drop. I was utterly impressed. One of the best natural wonders I have ever seen. John was equally impressed. Oh and we were getting ever so slightly wet – the amount of mist from the falls is unreal! This made taking photos difficult but we did try! We stayed there for some time, just taking it all in. I will not forget it in
After having an up close and personal, drenching encounter we headed off on one of the trails to view the many other waterfalls in the park. There are so many of them, nearly everywhere you walk you come across another and all beautiful in their own way. We then hopped on a boat to an island called Isla San Martin which is located in the middle of a circuit of waterfall after waterfall. Here there were some good lookouts and lots of humungous birds flying and landing here and there. Even from so far away the main falls were outstanding. After walking along the remainder of the trail it was just after 3pm and we were set to trek back to get the bus. A day I will surely remember from this trip :D
We made the decision that we were going to hop into Paraguay to visit the capital, Asuncion for a few days seeing as we were so close. We hadn’t heard from John’s friend Kevin yet so unfortunately we didn’t get to catch up after all. So tomorrow brings more border crossings!
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