06.09.2007 - 09.09.2007 32 °C
We had to take a 14hr bus to go from Salto in Uruguay back across into Argentina and then cross the border back into Brazil! It was a bit ass about face and at this stage the stamps for the argentinian border crossing are all over our passports!
The bus was actually quite comfortable but i think because we were all so excited no one coud sleep, and the cheesy Jean Claude Van Dame movies they were showing on the bus didnt help either! We arrived in Foz Do Iguazu the next morning at about 11 and there was an option to take a helicopter flight up over the falls to get our first views.. it was a must so a few of us headed off, it was just a 20 minute trip that cost around 40 euro but we had heard it was a must see and they were right it was amazing.. Four of us went up in the one helicopter first and the pilot was class he made sure and give us the views from every possible angle banking left and right, Ger was sitting up beside the pilot and thought he was straight out of Fire Wolf! But he had a birdseye view even though when he spotted dark oil coloured liquid oozing from under his seat he did get a bit anxious...but then the pilot told him sorry he had just spilt his can of coke he had on the floor!!
After a fab start to the day we all had lunch and were headed to see the Brazilian side of the falls, we hadnt realised before we got there, but there are 2 sides to the falls, brazilian and argentinian. You get completely different views from each but the Argentinian we reckoned was the best.
The Brazilian side lets you view the waterfalls from the top, as you take a path around the top of them and you end up working your way down then to the walkway that has been built and this takes you right out into the falls...you get wet at this stage but we didnt care as it was roasting weather. We also got to encounter the local wildlife..apart from the loads of hawkes all around the place, there was the brazilian version of the racoon! Cheeky wee rascals mind as they would torture you and climb on you if they thought you had any food!
We spent all afternoon on the brazilian side watching the water and counting all the rainbows, which were beautiful, before we headed back to our hotel del Rey for a night out..this started in a local bar packed out due to the fact that it was showing the premiership football! from here we went to a local night club which was like the south american version of phoenix nights bar...very unusual as you only pay for your drinks at the end of the night on the way out... they basically just give you a sheet of paper and mark off what you have each time, very dangerous though as you dont really know what you are spending..great nights craic, even funnier trying to watch the other lads in the group trying to touch for the locals!!
The following morning we were away early to travel back into Argentina and get more passport stamps so we could see the argentinian side of the falls. We had a full day planned and it started with a walk down to the argentinian views of the falls, it was amazing and Ger said that having been to Niagara that this was 100 times better! The volume of water was just incredible and again the wildlife especially the butterflies everywhere were gorgeous.
A boat trip was next on the agenda, in big rafts down through the sub tropical rain forests of Iguazu and we did manage to get in the water at one stage as well... it was nice and you could see the edge of the falls from the boat which was a bit unnerving!
After our trip we were taken in huge old army truck jeep things back through the forest to go for lunch...
After lunch we were booked to spend the rest of the afternoon actually in and under the waterfalls. You get booked on a speed boat trip that takes you up the river again and into all the rapids of the waterfalls so you are at the bottom of them and then the captain tells everyone to put away the cameras in the waterproof bags and under he goes... you get fully drenched and it was brilliant! We went under waterfalls called the 3 musketeers and the san Martin and then after he lets you off to go and sit and dry off on the small beach and acually go swimming as well in the iguazu water!
This was definitely a trip not to be missed and even on the walk back home over the falls you wouldnt tire of looking at the waterfalls! We even got a limited edition can of coke on the way home as well!!
That night some of us headed out for a cultural samba show and dinner which was fab as well the dances and colours oh yes and the drinks! and of course we got to join in at the end and even got photos with some of the stars... Ger got a better deal although my guys abs were incredible underneath his shirt but he wouldnt take it off! Great night though even though the hangover in the mornng didnt help with the next 24hr bus journey to Paraty on the coast of Brazil.