Tuesday, 9 February 2010

DIARY - ARGENTINA Iguazu Falls

WEDNESDAY 3 FEBRUARY – The Itaipu bus to Argentina, R$3 (£1.10) drops us at the Brazilian border for exit formalities and we get a ticket for the onward journey so we won’t have to pay again. Whilst waiting for the next bus we see kids having a great time “sledging” down the grassy embankment on cardboard, almost daring each other to do it as the bus comes past as there is nothing to stop them at the bottom. The next bus takes us to the ARGENTINA entry point (clocks back 1hr so now 3hrs behind GMT) which is so quick we get back on the same bus to Puerto Iguazu. This is a small town and more manageable with lots of
accommodation within a couple of blocks of the bus station. Exchange rate approx A$6 = £. The backpackers hostels are all well over A$100 for a double room , not that nice and with staff who don’t seem to care whether you stay or not. A block down from the bus station on Bompland is a small guesthouse set back from the road. The friendly owner shows us a room at the top with small balcony, air-con, TV, bathroom and breakfast and we negotiate the price. Although it is extremely hot (around 40C) we set out to explore, luckily the town is designed with wide pavements and canopies above so plenty of shade. Stop in a bar to share a large beer with snacks, A$10 (£1.65), and make use of the free wi-fi. Our waiters Dad calls in to see him, he is in full traditional Indian style dress and carrying lots of beads and bags that he sells. Finish off with an early evening watching TV.
PUERTO IGUAZU
LAS ARAUCARIAS ON BOMPLAND ST. A$110 (£18.50)

THURSDAY 4 FEBRUARY - After breakfast of coffee and 3 mini croissants each we head to Iguazu Falls. We buy return tickets, A$10 (1.65) each then find we could have paid A$4 (65p) each way to the driver! It is further than going to the Brazilian side but along a similar type road lined with hotels and backpackers. Admission for foreigners A$85 (£14). There’s a long walk to the hub of the park with information and shops. After that we are advised to take the green trail through the jungle to the train rather than pick up the train at the start. There’s a long line at the railway station and we have to wait about ½ hour to make the journey out to the “Devils throat” walk. We are amazed at the number and length of the bridges connecting the islands and leading us to the main falls. We see many bits of the old concrete bridges that were washed away by floods; the new ones now have mesh floors. The water level is so high that many trees now look like bushes. Even before we get to the main falls we can see the spray shooting up into the air over the tree tops. They are magnificent, with a powerful flow accompanied by a roar. The train takes us back to the central area where most walks begin. The upper circuit produces more stunning views of different areas below the “Devils throat” and many more dramatic falls. The lower circuit is equally impressive with even more amazing views with one path taking us right down to water level in front of a huge bank of waterfalls. Again we see many varieties of butterflies that often land on people. It is possible to take a boat trip to the bottom of the falls but one of the lookout points is virtually in the same place and gives us enough of a soaking for the day. We take the buffet in the park before leaving. Unfortunately there are many power cuts through the night and without the air-con it is unbearable but opening the windows brings another problem, mosquitoes.
PUERTO IGUAZU 2, LAS ARAUCARIAS

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