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January 13th 2013
Published: June 21st 2017
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Well you remember that taxi that was going to be there at 1:25 in the morning to pick us up at the airport...........well, no sign of that! So we hired our own taxi and he got us to the B&B (Marica's if you want to know so you can avoid it) but the place was in darkness and no amount of ringing the bell by the taxi driver was going to rouse anyone! So he earnt a big tip by taking us to another hotel which was OK except for the air conditioning that produced more noise than cold!

No matter, off the next morning on the local bus to the Iguazu Falls Park (Brazil). This was our first day of sun and heat. Quite a chane from torrential rain in Sau Paulo. The park was stunningly well organised, no private cars inside so a constant fleet of buses (double deckers with open tops, bendy buses with air-con- the whole gamut) shuttle the crowds (and I mean crowds) to the various stops along the way for the variety of activities on offer. Boat rides, floats, hikes, cycling - but for most it is simply a walk along the excellent paths to gasp at the falls which stretch for vast distances either side, water pouring off cliff edges all over the place with a thunderous roar and in some places drenching spray.They say the Brazilian side gives you the grand overview and the Argentinian side lets you get up 'close and personal' - well some of the stuff on the Brazil side seemed pretty close up too.
The park is infested, not to strong a word I think, with Coatis - kind of a cross between a squirrel and a lemur (see the photo) with warnings that they can be aggressive in their requests for food! We also saw a big lizard, beautiful butterfles and cormorants (or something like them) drying their wings.
At the end we found a lovely restaurant cafe where we sat out on the deck watching the water rush by headed for the falls, the coatis picking up scraps, while we refreshed ourselves with a few Brazilian beers! Heaven.
Back to the hotel and out in the evening to eat at the local buffet/barbeque where you load your plate at the buffet then cope with the stream of guys coming round with huge bbq spears offering you beef in umpteen varieties, chicken, lamb, and barbequed pineapple coated with cinnamon. Yum! Truly eat until you burst for £15 each including an excellent Mendozan wine! And we got into conversation with a young man originally from Vietnam who was put onto a refugee boat, alone, at the age of 12 by his mother and who now lives in Vancouver (with his Mum). Also infected with the travelling bug!
Tomorrow to Argentina and the falls that side.

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