(Day 85 – 90)
15.02.2010 - 19.02.2010 35 °C
Rainy season has some pros and some lows. Rainy season brings, well, rain. BUT in Iguazu and the falls in particular, more rain means more water, and more water means massively impressive waterfalls and thunderous cracking noise which we were lucky to witness both from the Argentinean and Brazilian sides.
The falls consist of around 275 individual cascades, the highest with a drop of 80 meters; spread over 2.7km of the house-shoe shaped cliffs.
Puerto Iguazu (closest town to access the falls on the Argentinean side)
We arrived a few hours before Kate & Emily did, and settled into our backpacker’s dorm across from the station. (Thus mentioned backpacker’s having been picked because of its pool. HA!). We had a nice catch up evening with the girls and decided to be at the falls bright and early the next morning to avoid crowds in all our photos.
Unfortunately when we woke up it was raining so hard that we decided to sleep for a few more hours and hopefully let it settle.. Sadly, it was still bucketing down later so we covered our cameras in plastic bags, put our raincoats on over our day packs (which incidentally gave us a nice ninja turtle look, see below) and set off walking the park stopping along different view points on the circuit of the falls.
Although we were very wet from the rain, it was still an amazing sight. Sometimes you could get so close to the impressive falls that the spray would soak you completely anyway, so one way or another it was to be a very wet day and we had good laughs along the way.
Foz do Iguaçu (closest town to access the falls on the Brazilian side)
The following day we said goodbye to the girls and took a bus over to our hostel on the Brazilian side. Thankfully this new day came with better weather! We had a nice leisurely afternoon cooling off in the hotel’s pool with a nice British couple we met – Noel and Kate – with whom we exchanged some travel tips. The pool was truly a god-send as the heat is truly stifling in these subtropical areas.
We headed to the falls the following day to discover the Brazilian side and send Martin off on his very first helicopter ride!
If one ever does go to Iguazu, you should really see it from both sides. Basically in Argentina, you can get much closer to them but the Brasilian side offers more panoramic views and it really was a very easy border crossing!
In the afternoon Martin went on a short but exciting helicopter ride over the falls. I didn’t go as it wasn’t cheap, and I wasn’t bothered as I had been in one before over Cape Town (which had been spectacular) and Martin was so keen on getting his perfect pics of the falls that we agreed on the treat and his first time by helicopter.