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Iguazu Falls

Or how Nature can surprise you again and again...

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There are no words to describe the feeling of seeing Iguazu Falls for the first time. Or the second or the third… Pictures don’t do justice to them. The sound, the smell, the water in your face… It has to be lived to understand it! So i will apologize now for the photos you´ll see below, because you dont really see the falls, instead you see me in my best touristy pose...

I arrived in Foz de Iguazu very early after a 16.5hs bus journey from Sao Paulo, and after a couple of hours (get the bus to town, then the bus to the border, then get an exit stamp in brazil, then wait for the next bus, then cross the bridge and get a entry stamp in Argentina, then back to the bus to the station, then a taxi to the hostel) I arrived to the accommodation feeling like… well, you can imagine! But the argentinians are SO nice, that they even make you forget the fact you haven’t been in the shower for few hours and you are in serious need of one…Got to the room and I was hoping to catch up in some sleep when I got allocated my new roommates, bunch of Spanish students from Kentucky, that became my best friends for the next couple of days. Spent the rest of the day visiting downtown, in Puerto Iguazu, and meeting pretty much everybody around there, as they are all very curious about the Spanish girl walking around town. So they ask me. And I tell them. And then conversation begins until someone else joins in… Had a fab day, and met very nice people.

Friday was the time to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. From my point of view you have to see both sides, and if possible the Brazilian first.

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It gives you a better overview of all the falls, and gives you the opportunity to see the “devil´s throat” (the most impressive of all the falls) from the bottom. Loved it. It is so unbelievable that words would not be good enough to explain it!

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Finished the morning visit and head to Itaipu dam, which is the largest power plant in the entire world. It is a shared project between Paraguay and Brazil, and it actually provides for 80% of the total power of Paraguay and 25% of Brazil. It is considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, and it is definitely worth visiting.

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In between the falls and the dam I probably saw more water on Friday that a sailor in his entire life!

Saturday was the turn for the Argentinian side. I visit most of them in the company of Anna, a German girl which is also a Spanish student in Buenos Aires, and we hiked our way through the falls.

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The Argentinian side provides a closer look to the falls and the opportunity of seeing the Devil’s Throat fall from the top, which is so amazing… If you have ever read about how the people in the Middle Ages believed that the world was flat and it ended with the seas falling to the space, this is as close as it gets to that image…

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It is surreal, and so powerful, it makes you feel how little humans are in compare to nature.

After the last couple of busy days I decided to take the offer from the hostel of an extra free night and have Sunday off, to leave on Monday morning heading south thço visit the Jesuit Missions and then to enter Paraguay. Well, there is little I should say about the rest of my stay, only that Saturday is BBQ night in the hostel, with free caipirinha… and well, somehow I end up in the swimming pool at 4.30am. Dressed. And it was raining the next day, so my clothes had to be packed wet… But that was the whole point of coming to Iguazu, right?? To see the water and maybe get wet…

Posted by miromar 08:34 Archived in Argentina Tagged backpacking

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