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Brazilian National Park - Iguazu Falls

Brazilian Falls

Butterfly

Jorge and Marcos

The Falls from Brazilian Side

Dinner at the Hotel


Brazilian side of Iguaza Falls

This morning we are in the air again - off to Iguaza Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. The traveling group is now 8 plus Jorge, our trip leader. As we deplane, we are hit with a blast of hot humid air and our local guide, Marcos, to assist us for the next couple of days. Today we are touring the Brazilian side of the falls; which involves navigating through paperwork across both borders. First we change buses as we need a Brazilian bus to take us into Brazil; then we stop at the Argentine border where Marcos does the paperwork for us; at the Brazilian border we have to get off the bus and individually show our passports and visas. So finally we are on our way to the Brazilian National Park. Jorge and Marcos both advise us to take our time and enjoy the falls. Jorge soon becomes our 'resident photographer' taking individual and group pictures of us and even people not in our group in front of the falls. The falls are twice as high and 65 feet wider than Niagara Falls! On the Brazil side there is an asphalt path and several platforms where you can see the total expanse of the falls. As we walked along the path, frequently stopping to snap photos, we also saw some coatis (raccoon like animals), a couple of large lizards and some beautiful butterflies. The falls are amazing and we did get a little damp from the spray of the falls. After several hours of walking, taking photos and just stopping to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the falls, it was time to find our hotel and the two traveling companions that did not go with us to the falls today. So back across both Borders and to our hotel on the Argentina side. The hotel was in the town of Puerto Iguaza. A beautiful hotel with an open interior (similar to Embassy Suites) and great pool area. The hotel is near the Three Borders area and overlooks the river. Three Borders area overlooks Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. After settling in we wandered down to the bar area, ordered a couple of vodka tonics 'to go' and toured the pool area (both indoor and outdoor), then down to the park area overlooking the Three Borders. We did not stray long as we had forgotten our 'bug spray' - never saw nor heard a mosquito! We then caught up with the rest of the group for an early (7:30) dinner of chicken and a delicious lettuce salad. By then it was bed time - another fun-filled but tiring day. JC



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