Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Iguazu Falls (Agentina-Brazil border) (5 days)

Iguazu Falls will likely be one of the highlights of the trip for us. Couldn´t say enough great things about it, or even begin to try to describe it in words- impossible. Basically on the border between Brazil and Argentina is a place where a 2km. wide river delta (basically looks like a large shallow lake) drops off to a river below. Instead of at one point though (a la Niagara Falls), this happens over a large area along the river´s edges and creates many different waterfalls.

The whole town of Puerto Iguazu was a refreshing break from the hot dustyness experienced elsewhere in northern Argentina. We arrived at 6:30 in the morning to a freshly-rained on town. The sunrise on the early morning jungle clouds was fresh air in our lungs after a long night bus ride. We made our way to the Hostel-Inn, sort of like a resort for backpackers in the jungle, very great. Huge pool, met lots of fun people. This would be our home for the next 4 days. First day we took a local bus into town and back. On the way back, saw a huge full moon rising over the jungle and I said to Ali "can you imagine seeing the falls under this moonlight??". Back at the hostel, discovered that this could be done- so at 9pm, got ride to Iguazu park. Took an open-air train in dark to a 2 km. long boardwalk which we walked down under the full moon. All our senses were being used with the jungle smelling amazing, and everything lit up with the moonlight. Would all be very romantic if was with hot latino, but hey, was nice to share with Alison! Amazing, amazing way to first see this inredible force of nature. Next day saw it in sunlight, just as awesome.

Puerto Iguazu (the town) is located in a place with red soil, so that all the roads are red, and all the houses are built with a red brick. That along with the lush greens of the plants, and the occasional tropical rainfall made Iguazu dripping with colour and life. Highly recommend it.


At 4:17 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Hi Elaine I don't see any text- or did you just send pictures??

Cool photos though!

At 4:07 AM, Anonymous cj said...

That waterfalls look AMAZING! Any photos of it in the moonlight?

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Elaine okay it's March 3, I see all the narrative that you've added-- awesome!
Any luck finding that "hot latino" on the boardwalk?
Keep on posting narrative, please, it makes for good reading- and the pictures are great

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Elaine Naisby said...

Hi CJ-
We did take photos in the moonlight and I´ll have another look to see if they will do the experience any sort of justice. The photos turned out very dark. Still getting used to this digital camera, miss my SLR- would have taken some better shots!
E x


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