05.02.2009 32 °C
Iguazu meaning = a ridiculous amount
Falls meaning = water
Will and I set off for Iguazu Falls today. We arrived early, 8:30am ready and set to take on the park.
We had heard so much about the Falls and both Will and I had never been to Niagra so we didnt really know how good water falling over some rocks could be....well i can tell you now, they are good, they are really good. On a scale of goodness they would easily be 10.5 goods. The first time we saw the falls we had one of those moments, the ones were you feel at one with nature and say tree hugging hippy things like.." with all the chaos and destruction in the world i can´t believe such beauty.. " you get my drift.
The great thing about Argentina is i dont think they believe in OH&S laws so all the trails are built so that you can get close to the water. Some of the trails are quite steep and in hindsight Havaianas probably wouldnt have been the footwear of choice. There is one trail which you catch a ferry across the water and then hike up a massive hill, i felt like i was back in my netball days at Kangaroo Valley (netball reference sorry only the Coolies will really understand), anyway once you get up there you follow this trail which opens up on a ledge, it is called Isla De San Martin. The view is so amazing, you are so close to the water fall that the sheer force of the water blows your hair and it is like you are caught in the middle of a rain storm. No doubt some more nature loving sayings were said.
The highlight of the day, however, was our Nautical boat adventure. Here you are all given life jackets and water proof bags, which they strongly recommend you put all your clothes in and wear the bare minimum. THey then take you around to the different falls, at first it is nice and calm and everyone has their cameras out taking snaps. Then they yell something at you which we have no idea what but assume it is put cameras away we are about to get wet..well Thanks to Pammie McCloy our camera is water proof and we start feeling a little bit better than everyone else on the boat trip. They then take you really close to the water fall and it is like you are in the middle of a water hurricane (if there was such a thing), you get absolutely drenched, it reminded me of being on the cork screw at DreamWorld but 1000 times better. We also managed to video our adventure on our cool camera (touch it Pammie), so hopefully we can put that up on this blog when we finally come across a computer that will allow it.
All in all, Puerto Iguazu was an amazing experince. The hostel experience wasnt overly great and there isn´t alot to do apart from visiting the falls but it is something i would strongly recommend.
Next stop Bombinhas..only a 16hour bus ride to go..