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Iguazu Falls

BRAZIL | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Views [160]

Brasiiiilll!!!! Wooo, finally, the last country in my South American odessey is here and we got a Brazilian BBQ buffet last night at the campsite accompanied by caipirinhas following a beer in the pool during the sunset.....doesn't really get much better!! The next day was our first visit to the Iguazu falls on the Brazilian side, not far feom where we're camping. We spent a few hours wondering around the Bird Park and taking lots and lots of photos of birds, caimans, iguanas and butterflies, and avoiding the legless reptiles. After an interesting drink of cupuaçu juice, we set off for the falls. There were walkways all along the sides of the falls and one refreshing walkway out into the spray of the falls. After getting drenched in the spray, we walked up to the cafe to dry out and get the transfer back to the campsite. After jumping into the pool (again with a beer in hand), we got started on our own BBQ- potato salad, coleslaw, greek salad, sausages and the piéce de resistance - steaks we cookes each to our own liking. Mine quite naturally was rare, possibly verging on bleu and was delicious eaten with Chimichurri!! That night the beers and caipirinhas flowed until the wee hours. Not so very many hours later, we got up for the journey back across the border to visit the Argentinian side of the falls. When we eventually arrived (having been delayed at the border due to visa issues for certain passengers), it was nearin 36 degrees C and the park was filling up with tour groups. Having fought our way onto the train and struggled along the packed walkways, we finally arrived at the top of the falls - the Devil's Throat, where the water cascaded furiously, creating so much spray that the bottom of the falls was impossible to see. Back on the train and after a quick rest in the air conditioning and a couple of empanadas, we walked around the upper and lower circuits to see the smaller of the 1200 waterfalls that make up the Iguazu falls. While waiting for those on the boat trip, a fairly large lizard crossed my path (see photos). We eventually made it back to the campsite mid evening for fajita-style dinner with 2 more Argentinian stamps in passports. The heat was so incredible and hardly diminished as the sun went down, making for a fairly uncomfortable night. The third day at the campsite was spent pretty much doing nothing, which takes a suprising amount of time and today we're driving to Parati, which will take 2 days with a rough camp overnight.

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