Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Water, water, everywhere

OMG, what a day! Throughout our trip, our guides always started out by welcoming us to the best day of our trip so far. Well, let me tell you, this was the best day of the trip so far! Wow. We knew we had a jam packed day since our flight out of Buenos Aires was delayed yesterday. Instead of touring some of the falls, we decided to chill out by the pool. By doing that, we knew we had to do everything today. We started the morning by walking the upper and lower circuits of the falls. Basically, we were walking on catwalks on top of and below the different falls on the Argentine side. We definitely had a nice workout w/ all the steps, etc. Not only that, but it was hot as can be so we were all sopping wet. After the circuits, we boarded a boat that took us into the falls - literally! We got soaked! It was great and a ton of fun. Afterwards, we took a jeep ride thru the subtropical jungle, where a guide pointed out different trees and birds. After that, we took a train to the catwalk for the devil's throat falls. This catwalk took you over the river and literally to the top of the devil's throat falls. It was amazing. I admit I had a little vertigo when I first saw the mass of water coming over the edge, but I was ok after that.

At this point, we went back to the hotel and dropped off those folks that weren't going to the Brazilian side. Those of us that were, hopped into a van and proceeded across the border. There were 6 of us that went and although this was not part of the tour, we all decided we wanted to take a helicopter ride over the falls. OMG, it was sooooo cool! It was the first time I had ever been in a helicopter, so that was intimidating, but it was very exciting. The views over the falls were spectacular. I have some AWESOME pictures!

After the helicopter ride we went and walked the trail over to devil's throat on the Brazilian side. Basically, it was a winding path with frontal views of the falls on the Argentine side, and then a catwalk on the river, in between the upper falls (just in front of devil's throat) and the lower falls. Words cannot describe how cool it was. There was so much spray from all of the water that we were once again soaked. The spray mixed with the sun to create some rainbows. Again, great pictures.

Eventually, we made it back to our hotel and then proceeded to walk the grounds in search of toucans.

Everyone met for dinner in Puerto Iguazu, the closest town which was 17 km away. We ate at a restaurant called La Rueda. The food was excellent. Had to have been the best steak I've had on this trip, even beating out the steak I had at the parilla in Uruguay.

We just got back and I'm ready to crash. Our flight out of Iguazu is around 1 and my flight out of Buenos Aires is around 11pm. I'm hoping to have a little more time in Buenos Aires before I fly out. I'm so sad it's almost over. Sure it will be nice to be home and see friends and family, but I'm loving the weather and the different scenery. I'll definitely be back!

1 comment:

Spring said...

Robin - have a safe trip home. Thanks for detailing your journey for us back how so we could live vicariously through you!