Helen and Paul World Tour 2005/06 travel blog

Across the river is Brasil

A heron fishes

Bright orange butterfly

Helen in front of a smaller section of the falls

More of the tropical falls

Part of Iguaza near the Devil's Throat

Paul's getting drenched here and it's not even the biggest part of...

Views into part of Iguazu Falls

We landed safely into Iguazu airport after a 1.5 hour flight. Took a taxi to the Hostel Inn HI and managed to haggle over the price of a private room. It was strange as the price of a dorm room was 20 peso's each, they only had male or female dorms though, then the cost of a private room jumped to 95 peso's each. After saying that we'd go somewhere else they offered us the private room for 60 pesos per night. The room was one of the nicest we've stayed in and the hostel was good as well. It had a swimming pool but the sun was firmly behind the clouds when we arrived so no chance of using it.

The next day we took the local yellow bus to Parque Nacional Iguazu, which is on the border between Argentina and Brazil and shared by the countries. We came here to see an array of 275 waterfalls that are taller than Niagara Falls and stretching for 2.5 miles in a crescent shape and plunging 269 feet into Iguazu River.

We arrived at 9am and practically had the park to ourselves. Instead of opting to beeline for the major attraction of the Devil's Throat we decided to walk to the lesser waterfalls first via a series of walkways. A free boat took us across to Isla Grande San Martin where unique views of a whole line of waterfalls could be ogled at after climbing many steps that is.

A train ride then delivered us to the start of 1 km of catwalks that lead to the Devil's Throat. We could hear the thunderous roar of the water and see the plumes of spray well before we reached the end of the catwalk. The final look out was perched on the edge of the falls and it was amazing to see the massive cascade of water plummeting to the bottom of the Iguazu river, although it was slightly blurred by the rising vapour that soaked us.

The local legend says that a big snake called "Boi" lived in the Iguazu River. To calm its ferocity, aborigines sacrificed a woman every year as an offering. But once a brave guarani aborigine kidnapped the woman and saved her from the traditional rite escaping through the river. Boi burst in anger, bent its body and split the river forming the cataracts separating the man and the woman.

The name Iguazu comes from the guarani language meaning 'Great Water'

We caught the yellow bus back to the town (a little way past our hostel) to book our bus tickets to Rio de Janeiro. Then caught the bus back to the hostel, the bus went via some villages, there were some hairy moments as the bus slipped and slid across the mud roads to drop the locals off on their doorsteps.

Arrived back at the hostel unscathed and tucked into the buffet dinner.

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