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Published: April 15th 2012
After having seen Iguazu falls from the Argentinian side, I was ever so slightly sceptical as to what the experience would be like from the Brazilian side. Most people you speak to will tell you that the Argentinian side is better and others tell you to not even bother with the Brazilian side. For us though, this seemed ridiculous, as how can seeing those falls again be a disappointment? I just hoped we would see enough difference in the Brazilian side to warrant the trip over the border. Either way though, we would get a day out, be able to see the falls from all the possible view points, plus, we would get to head into Brazil for the day. Bit of a no brainer really!
Before we got to see the falls though, we needed to check out of our hotel. We actually didn’t want to move out, however when we first checked in, the young lad at reception (about 22) told me that the hotel would be full on Friday due to Carnival (of course…Carnival, what else!) then, he asked me a strange question ‘Are you single?’ At first, I was a little taken a back; however after
I told him ‘No, I have a Fiancée’ he explained the reason for his question. Come Friday, when Carnival was on, he had filled out the hotel guestrooms purely with girls! Therefore, once he knew I was in a relationship, he sniggered, and said ‘more for me then!’ After mentioning this conversation to Matt, he suddenly seemed a little reluctant to leave the hotel!
So, we checked into the new hostel, and although not full of Argentinian girls in the pool, it was none the less just what we wanted. After checking in, we made our way to the bus station to see what the deal was about getting over to Brazil to see the falls. Fortunately, we were able to board the bus straight away and this one went direct to Brazil and straight to the falls. So, after a quick run around to the ticket office to find Troy and Kylie and say goodbye, we were on our way to Brazil.
The journey was actually very easy, and after only an hour and a half or so, we had got to the border, crossed it, and were in Iguaçu national park, Brazil. The first view that
we got of the falls once there, was awesome. It gave you a real overview of what we had seen the previous day, however being further away gave you a sense of just how huge these falls really were. After having admired this view for some time, we moved on down the 1.5km path and immediately came across a couple of spider monkeys jumping from tree to tree right in front of us. Not something we were expecting, but it really was quite an amazing sight!
Making our way further down the path, we saw plenty more stunning waterfalls, many of which we couldn’t have seen from the Argentinian side so we were all really glad that we took the time to come over the border. Finally we arrived at the end of the trail where you got to see ‘the devils throat’. Here, it was fierce, and the spray from the water due to the wind was incredible. We were all pretty soaked by the time we had finished taking in the view and snapping our pictures, which really helped cool us all down on this sunny day in Brazil!
Once we got back from the national
park and was back in Argentina, we noticed Troy and Kylie boarding a bus. We sprinted over there and fortunately caught them before they left and managed to say our final goodbyes, as we was unsure when the next time our paths would cross. We knew that eventually they would cross as at the very least as we are heading to NZ where Troy and Kylie both live, but also because it was obvious Troy was stalking us throughout South America (Sorry mate, had to get that in!!)
Once evening fell, we pretty much followed the usual ritual of getting some beers and wine in as well as eating some delicious steak and once we had enough of that, we retired to our triple room for some rest and relaxation before our next bus of the trip… this one bound for Salta.
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