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Published: November 25th 2013
After a poor 22 hour bus journey we finally arrived in the Brazilian town of Foz Do Iguacu. Our plan was to visit the Brazilian side of the falls but after our bus arrived late and spending a couple of hours trying to get dollars out the park was closed. Instead we crossed over the border which was nice and easy then got dropped off at the hostel we had booked. Turns out they had messed up the booking and didn´t have any spare beds so i was massively stressed out as i was so tired and hungry after the long journey. In the end they managed to book us in at another hostel which actually worked out well, as we pulled up in the taxi there was a massive swimming pool and the place looked really nice. We dumped our bags, had a swim, some dinner and then got an earlyish night ready for the main event the next day.
I woke up at 6:15am and heard a strange noise on the bunk below.... Turns out Freeman was dry humping in his sleep :/ We had breakfast and jumped in a taxi to the falls. They are situated within
a National Park on the border of Brazil and Argentina and are one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. We did the Upper Trail first, walking over the bridges to the numerous different viewing platforms. As we got closer the crowds increased and the roar of the waterfalls started getting louder and louder. We turned a corner and the first glimpse of it was incredible, i couldn´t believe the shear size of it! The noise and looking out over 3km of waterfalls, any one of which would have been the best i had ever seen, was surreal. The pictures we took are good but they will never do it justice. At some of the view points the spray from the falls would give a welcome respite from the intense humidity of the place.
We then jumped on a little train that took us to the very top of the falls. This led to an even longer bridge/walkway that went over a huge lake/river, it seemed endless and certainly trumps the River Trent! At the end of the bridge there was a ´black hole´ like gorge in the ground, it looked like something out of space. It has
the name the Devil´s Throat and it is easy to see why as it seemed to be swallowing an ocean. The amount of water was insane. I can´t put into words how overawing it was, it is without a doubt the most epic thing i have ever seen and was a magical moment.
We then walked the lower trails which gave you a better perspective on the length of the falls and you could see all of the different levels. We must have spent 6 hours walking around the place but could have spent even longer! Unfortunately though we had to leave as we had another grueling 18 hour bus journey that evening to Buenos Aires. I would advise anybody who has the chance to visit Iguazu Falls, you wouldn´t be disappointed. A truly special day and one that will stay with me forever!
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