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We arrived on the overnight bus at 9.30 and were met by local guide Fidel. We then had to go on a hired bus for a few kilometres and then swap to another hired bus. Us and all our baggage. This is something to do with rights of which bus companies can collect tourists from the bus station. A lot of mucking around. We settle in and go straight to the National Park still on the Argentinian side. Once in the park we walk the high trail to see the Iguazu Falls. There are boardwalks along the cliffs where the water from the Iguazu River thunders down into the valley below. It is spectaular and noisy and there is so much water. The water is quite brown in colour as it picks up the sediment along the way and as there has been some rain the colour is more intense. We can see the start of the falls and hear them thundering below but we always have a sideways view of the falls. Iguazú Falls or Iguaçu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentina and Brazil. Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world, split into roughly 275 distinct falls and large islands. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil, however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its merger with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil. We walk for 1.750 meteres in total to enjoy a panoramic view of the semicircular chain that begins at Dos Hermanas Waterfalls, going through Chico, Ramírez, Bosetti, Adán y Eva, and Bernabé Méndez Waterfalls, ending at Mbiguá Waterfall lookout. Then there is a gangway that crosses the Iguazú River to reach the edge of the second largest fall of this beautiful system, the San Martin Waterfall. So spectacular!

We walk back past a cafe and stop for a quick lunch of empanadas as we are on a boat ride right up to the falls in 15 minutes. We hop into a open air truck with seats and travel for 20 minutes through the jungle to the area where we can board the boat. We have to collect a waterproof bag for our belongings and go down the stairs to board the boat. Lifejackets on and then we depart down the river and stop opposite the falls for a view of some of the semi circle of falls. Then we have to pack our things in the waterproof bag as we are going for a closer look. The captain gets us up close, so close that the water is hurting us when it hits us at tremendous force. We can hardly keep our eyes open to see the water coming at us. Obviously we all get drenched!! Back to the landing and we change our wet clothes as we came prepared with dry clothes to change into. Then back on the truck however, it is now raining quite hard and we manage to get drenched again. Oh well! We meet the others that didn't do the boat ride and now we have to catch a train 4 kms up to the boardwalk, 2.2kms long, to the Devils throat. The Devil's Throat canyon is 80-90 wide and 70-80 m deep. Left of this canyon, another part of the river forms 160-200 individual falls, which merge and we can see the water swirl and turn and fall over 80 metres below. The largest falls are named San Martín, Adam and Eva, Penoni, and Bergano. So much water and so much spray, we just get wet again!

Back on the train to the entrance to the Park where we bus to the border of Argentina and Brazil. Fidel clears us through the Argentinian side and we travel across the Iguazu River which is 'no man's land' and then fortuantely he can enter us into Brazil and we don't have to get out of the bus. We got to our Hotel at 6.30, got checked in and finally were able to have a shower and change. For dinner the whole group went to the Churrascaria restaurant. We are desperate for some vegetables as they have been scare in Argentina. This restaurant has a self serve, vegetables and salad and they bring around the meat on skewers and slice it off for you. We had wild boar wrapped in bacon, lamb, beef, pheasant and spicy sausage and then provilore cheese and some magnificent cinnamon spiced cooked pineapple. All delicious. Our meals and a glass of wine and a beer A$20 each. - not bad and good well cooked food! Veggies

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