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Published: November 21st 2011
This past weekend I went to the province of Misiones in the northeast of Argentina with my program CEA. The Bus picked us up from the Global Campus in Retiro (which was really nice because it meant we didn't have to walk through the madness of the bus terminal) for a 13 hour bus ride. We arrived in the morning and transferred to a bus where we went to a traditional estancia (ranch). It was really nice to hang out by the pool and swim. Plus we also had an asada (bbq) with traditional argentine food and some of the best desserts i've had here (i ate so much this weekend). after lunch we headed out to see the gauchos (argentine cowboys) at work. It was pretty cool but once they started artificially inseminating cattle i was over it. Overall it was a pretty fun day, and i enjoyed walking around the ranch taking pictures and taking some time to just relax. After our day we took a 3 hour bus ride to our hotel in Puerto Iguazu where we had dinner (buffet style oh my!) and headed off to bed.
We spent the next day at the national park
in Iguazu checking out the waterfalls. The waterfalls were amazing. The sheer amount of water was incredible and I don't think i've ever seen anything like it. The only bummer was that it rained the entire day that we were at the falls. Not just like a light drizzle, but like a torrential downpour. the first few hours were ok but i reached a point where i was so wet and cold that it wasn't quite so fun anymore. We took a train from one part of the park so see the garganta del diablo, but as I was on the train I was sitting on the edge and just getting soaked by all of the water running down the side of the train. Luckily i borrowed an extra umbrella from one of our guides and was able to block out the majority of the rain. After the train ride we finally made it to the garganta, which was insane! And we walked through what felt like miles of bridges across the river to get to the garganta. We were all kind of nervous walking across an enormous metal bridge with thunder and lightning, but made it to the other
side just fine. After the garganta, we opted to pay to take the a boat into the waterfalls. I was really sad that I couldnt take pictures, but there was just so much water and i was worried about ruining my camera with 2 months still left in the program. Luckily, Susana bought the video and it was really funny to watch all of us screaming and covering our faces as we took the boat to the waterfall. After the boatride, we got some empanadas, which tasted awesome after being cold and wet all day. Afterwards, we headed back to the bus. Well actually we got lost on the way to the bus and ended up being 30 minutes late and had to make everyone wait for us. My program director wasnt happy but at that point we were just happy to be back on our way to the hotel. After 1 more night of buffets we got another awesome night of sleep in the hotel.
The next and final day we were supposed to go to an indigenous village. However the trip was cancelled because there was too much rain and the village was in a really muddy
place. So instead, after dinner, we paid to go to a an animal refuge. It was really cool to see all of the animals, especially the monkeys. After the park, my group opted to just hang out at the hotel, grab some lunch and enjoy the rest of the time that we had in Iguazu. We hopped on a quick flight back to BA and then took a cab back to our house. It was an amazing trip and it was nice to have it already paid for by CEA. Its been so awesome to travel all over the country, and that was definitely one of the best trips so far.
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