If this isn’t one of the wonders of the world it should be, Iguazu Falls. According to Wikipedia (Click HERE for more)
“Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” (which, at 50 m or 165 feet, are a third shorter). Often Iguazu also is compared with Victoria Falls in Southern Africa, which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe. Iguazu is wider, but because it is split into approximately 275 discrete falls and large islands, Victoria has the largest curtain of water in the world, at more than 1,600 m (5,249 ft) wide and over 100 m (328 ft) in height (in low flow Victoria is split into five by islands; in high flow it may be uninterrupted). The only wider falls are extremely large rapid-like falls, such as the Boyoma Falls (Stanley Falls).”
It took us three days and two nights of driving to reach the falls in the mighty Toyota squirrel car (which we now call it because of the obvious squirrel propulsion). If we had the motorcycles I wouldn’t have made this trip, it was long, straight, boring and as we came to find out extremely hot and humid. Off and on, there and back, there was heavy rain which only added to the humidity. All conditions that make motorcycle riding miserable.
Doing research on the internet on how best to view the falls was tricky, any search terms bring up endless ads for tours and hotel, guide packages that were really expensive. Finally we decided to drive to the park and see what happens. It was easy, 90 pesos to park which about $8.00 and just under 400 pesos for both of us to get in, about $25.00. Once we were in we picked up a free map of the walking routes and off we went. On the Argentina side you can get view points from all angles by just walking, no guide needed.
Of course we took a million pictures, none of them professional quality. Click on any of the pictures to go to my smugmug account to see even more. It was an overcast day which was good from the heat perspective but robbed us of seeing all of the purported rainbows that accompany the falls. I’ll try to capture some of the gist here.
We spent most of the time walking on these metal walkways, over and around the waterfalls.
At one point Deby looked down and saw a birds nest through the grate – with baby birds. And…. she got a great picture.
I’m glad we made the drive, it’s a highly recommended place to visit although totally out of the way from anywhere else. When we got back to our cabana I checked my phone, lots of steps. Over 10 miles, glad for good shoes.
Motorcycle update…… it’s the weekend so I didn’t really expect to hear anything but I got a disturbing e-mail from my shipping contact down here. She logged into the transport companies website and they have no record of the bikes. In a panic she asked me to contact my Seattle shipper, where are they? I left a message, she will be in the office 9:00 AM Seattle time on Monday which is 2:00 PM here. Frustrating to say the least. Tomorrow we drive back to Buenos Aires and will stay at a hotel near the airport so if by chance they find two 1000 pound crates somewhere with our names on them and they show up I will be ready.
Thanks for all the comments here and on Deby’s facebook account, it’s fun to hear from home.
Donn and Deby