Ciarán & Elaine's Travelog

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Iguassu Falls

We arrived in Puerto Iguassu at about 9am and found a hostel, dropped off our bags and headed straight to the Iguassu National Park.

The weather was fairly bad, it had been raining most of the night so we bought two very stylish yellow plastic raincoats (bags), little did we know that we were going to end the day completely soaked to the skin.

The national park is so big that it is spread over the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay but the trails are well laid out and its really well maintained with catwalks and trails and even a little train. They supply you with leaflets on the way in advising you what to do if you come across a Puma, snake or deadly spider!! By the way, if you ever do come across a puma you should look it in the eye, make yourself bigger and back away slowly....

The waterfalls have to be seen to be believed. There´s hundreds of falls throughout the park with two really massive ones both a few kilometres long and a couple of hundred feet drop.
We took a speed boat ride (they call it a ´nautical adventure´) it brings you right up beside one of the largest falls and the power of the falls causes the boat to be tossed from side to side - all very exciting! Then they race you across to another falls and suddenly spin around and reverse under one of the falls.
Oh yes we were saturated!! It would´ve been handy if they´d advised us to bring a change of clothes. And yes mam, I did have a life jacket on!

However the really most amazing one is Gargantua del Diablo (the devils throat). When people first came accross it they thought that it was the edge of the world and we can completely understand why. The sheer power and noise of the water is overwhelming but to see it is breathtaking... It was a really really fantastic experience. Once we find a proper internet cafe we should hopefully be able to post some photo´s.

Well as we mentioned, all our clothes and runners were completely soaked so that night Ciaran had to wrap his feet in plastic bags followed by socks followed by his wet runners becuase he doesn´t have any other shoes with him - Not very stylish but I made sure I got plenty of photo´s!


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