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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls May 12th 2015

I was awake quite early but felt miles better having caught up on my sleep. We weren't meeting until 10am, so we had a leisurely breakfast, chatting over fruit and coffee. In the lobby, Santi explained that we were getting the bus to the Brazilian side of Iguassu falls, which has about 30% of the water falls. We were waiting for the bus as we were going with another group for the next couple of days. I think I'd once read somewhere that Iguassu was one of the natural wonders of the world. They seem to have different wonders of the world these days, natural world, modern world man made world.... Either way the pictures looked fantastic and I was so looking forward to going here. In my mind it would be one of the highlights ... read more
Morning chiccos!!
Map of the falls
Sam at start of the falls

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls March 26th 2015

We awoke at 7 am and planned to visit the falls at the opening time of 9 am. It was to rain this day, but they said it would start after noon. Well, the opposite happened. Bernadete made a wonderful breakfast for us and then drove us to the bus stop. It took about 20 minutes to get to the falls by bus. It had begun to rain very hard, but what can you do? You are there to see the falls and must march on no matter what! We thought about waiting to see if the rain would stop, but decided to put on our ponchos and head out on the trails. The first sight of the falls was amazing! There are no words to describe it and the photos do not do any justice. ... read more
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
Hotel das Cataratas

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls March 6th 2015

We flew to Fox do Iguacu in Brazil from Rio. It was a short flight and the taxi ride to our hotel was only ten minutes. We arranged for our taxi driver to pick us up in the morning and take us to the Brazil side of the falls. Iguazu is a park in two contries and each is run seperately. The Brazil park is in Brazil of course. The Brazil park accepts credit cards so we paid with a credit card and went in. They have buses that take you through the park. You can get off at different stops. Everyone including us usually takes the bus to the end of the line where you walk along a path and walkways to view the magnificent falls. At the end, the walkway takes you close enough ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls January 31st 2015

26. Januar, Iguazú Mit dem Bus sind wir zum Nationalpark gefahren. Gleich beim Eingang haben wir ein Ticket für die Bootstour am Nachmittag gekauft. Im Park sind wir mit dem vollgestopften Tram Richtung „Garganta del Diablo“ gefahren. Die Iguazú Wasserfälle bestehen aus 20 grösseren sowie 255 kleineren Wasserfälle auf einer Länge von 2.7 km, einige sind bis zu 82 m hoch, aber der Grossteil ist 64 m hoch und die Wassermenge schwankt von 1500 m³/s bis 7000 m³/s. Bei dieser Menge an Wasser musste Fabian sehr auf die Kamera achten, dass diese nicht zu nass wird. Nach 3/4 Stunden konnten wir uns vom Wasserfall lösen und sind mit dem Tram bis zur Mittelstation gefahren. Da kamen die ersten Nasenbären auf uns zu und suchten nach Essen. Es gibt extrem viele dieser Tiere hier! Wir gingen weiter ... read more
Argentinien Iguazu 2
Argentinien Iguazu 3
Argentinien Iguazu 4

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls January 19th 2015

Es ist ja nicht so als hätte ich nicht gewusst was auf mich zukommen würde. Ich fühlte mich vorbereitet. Wasserdichtes Equipment (übrigens..Gopro mag zwar wasserdicht sein, nicht jedoch Sonnenmilch-dicht..Rat vom Dermatologen), Klamotten, die schnell trocknen, passende Schuhe....aber nein. Kurzzeitig war ich mir nicht sicher ob es so schlau ist, im Dschungel barfuß zu laufen, auch wenn es nur 50 Meter waren, aber es war die richtige Entscheidung. Die abenteuerliche Tour zu Wasser und zu Land führte mich zu einem der atemberaubendsten Naturschauspiele, die man sich nur vorstellen kann. Soeben in der Dschungelhitze getrocknet, gleich wieder Dusche. Aber für dieses Erlebnis läuft man doch gerne einen halben Tag in nassen Klamotten rum!... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls January 19th 2015

Meine nächste Dschungelprüfung war noch schwieriger als die erste... Caipi am Pool, Filet am Spieß, Sonne runter, Sonne rauf...was gibt es Schöneres? Eine der vielen Annehmlichkeiten dieses wunderbaren Hotels ist, dass man nach Ladenschluss durch den Nationalpark streunen kann...man solle nur "etwas aufpassen mit den Tieren...", schließlich sei man ja "mitten im Dschungel". Drängelten sich tagsüber hunderte schwitzende und auch sonst durchnässte Touristen (was sollen sie auch machen...) an den Aussichtspunkten entlang, konnte ich ohne eine Menschenseele den Sonnenuntergang genießen. Und den Sonnenaufgang. Weil welcher Idiot steht schon so früh auf...... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls January 19th 2015

Wer mich schon länger kennt, weiß, dass mein Phänotyp "Outdoor" sich erst spät und lediglich in stark punktueller Ausprägung entwickelt hat. Ich renne schneller als jedes Insekt und versuche mich tunlichst von jeglichem gefährlichen Viehzeugs fernzuhalten. Und wenn alles nichts hilft, muss Papa mich retten (selbst wenn dafür der Staubsauger durch halb Deutschland gefahren werden muss). Das wird sich vermutlich nie ändern und ich weiß auch nicht, was noch kommt, aber ich darf jetzt schon voller Stolz verkünden, dass ich mit nur wenig Angst und viel Selbstbeherrschung die auf den Bildern ersichtlichen Herausforderungen gemeistert habe. Die Bienen am Frühstückstisch, die fiesen Spinnen zwischen den Bäumen, die Monsterameisen, Echsen und ohrenbetäubenden Atomheuschrecken überall sowie der heimtückische Diebstahl, nein Raub, meines Obstsalates durch dieses pseudoniedliche W... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls January 12th 2015

Despite the arduous overnight bus to get there (a collapsed bridge meant we had to catch 4 buses over 20 hours), it was with great excitement and anticipation that we arrived in Iguaçu Falls. Having heard from many people that it was one of their highlights in the world, we were eager to get a glimpse of the enormous falls that straddle the border of Brasil, Argentina and Paraguay. Before we left Australia, we’d researched a lot and having read up on Brasil decided it might be easier to chose a (relatively) small part of it to focus on in the month we allocated. For that reason and because we would have been on the road for a long time, we booked an organised tour with Tucan Travel. The “Falls to Rio” tour was 10 days ... read more
Viewing the Argetine side of Iguacu Falls from the boat was an incredible experience
The power of the falls was unbelievable
Finally captured a coati on film without it moving too much

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls October 28th 2014

Oh, they are cute and seemingly friendly. But beware these are wild animals that only appear tame because they want only one thing...whatever food you may be carrying. They look like a cross between an aardvark and a raccoon. They run in packs and are very determined. They WILL attack you and leave nasty wounds. Signs proliferate with warnings but people being people still feed them because they think they are sooooooo cute. This only leads to more bad behavior on their part. Go to 'you tube' for the 'attack of the coatimundi' video and you will see exactly what happened to a woman in my group. She was completely unaware that the animals were even near as they lurk the the foliage. When they smell food they come out in packs and attack. Just a ... read more
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Coatimundi
Devil's Throat

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls August 20th 2014

On my previous blog post I didn't really have time to explain what we did later on the day as I knew we wouldn't have any time. I was kind of sick of Buenos Aires to be honest as it just seemed like another city with little culture compared to other stuff I had seen on the trip. I was very keen to move on to the next city as I thought I had seen all that I could. But finally last night we got to experience some of the rich culture of Buenos Aires. We went to a Tango show where we watched professionals dance and then later we had a Tango lesson. I was slightly nervous add I have two left feet, but I didn't manage to trip, fall or die and I actually ... read more
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