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Published: April 1st 2009
No wind today so we didn´t get soaked the way other bloggers describe. Bit disappointed that all my baggies around wallets and camera weren´t necessary
Yes, I had a great day today at Iguazu Falls. On the bus there I met Emma from Newcastle who was finishing her tour of Argentina. It was a treat to talk English all day and óooh´and áaaah´like tourists, and she could speak Spanish to ask for directions to fastest train. She had to catch a bus out of Iquazu by four, so we hurried past daddling groups and got to all the good parts of the Falls. We teamed up and shared taking photos. She had a proper film camera and I had my digital, so we took tons of pictures. The nice thing about the walkways in this park is that the views keep on coming, and keep getting better.
We took the boat (free with entrance ticket) to the island at the bottom of the falls and met more Canadians there. Everyone was keen to swim in the river. I didn´t have bathing suit so stripped down to underwear and went in. Very refreshing; the swamp heat can be overwhelming.
Oh, and all the blogs about getting soaked....today there was no wind and we barely felt the mist. In fact I stood in the damp spot just to
Every tilt of your head finds beautiful views
get a splash of water on me. We all had baggies around our wallets and camera, but didn´t need them. After the swim when I put on my shorts I was glad I had plastic around the wallet.
For all you travelers who are debating whether to pay the money to come up here (60 pesos entrance fee to park)....yes, it is worth it. The falls didn´t roar like Niagara, but the rainbows and jungle and smart walkways and continually new angles to see the waterfalls makes this an excellent tourist site. It is large enough to avoid the congestion of tour groups if you take alternate paths.
We saw the raccoon-type critter (forget name) and there are butterflies all over, ready to land on the rails or your backpack. There was a family of the raccoon-type critters and they hopped from branch to branch, and then onto rails of walkway. A frenzy of tourists tried to take their pictures.
I think we spent about five hours in the park. By the time one o´clock arrives the heat is oppressive. We took bus back into town (10 pesos return trip). Emma caught her bus to Cordoba, and I bought a
Yahooo! I am finally here!
ticket for bus to Rosario tomorrow. I am not looking forward to 17 hours on overnight bus, but people keep telling me how superior these buses are; it will be another adventure.
I am not sure where I will go next. I wanted to go to Salta, but saw newspaper article about an outbreak of Dengue fever. You can´t get shots to prevent this mosquito-born disease. Emma was there, and said the outbreak was in remote village. Salta is suppose to be beautiful, with lots of villages nearby to visit. I have to figure out where to go for Easter. Tomorrow....I´ll debate the pros and cons on the bus.
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