The Road to Iguacu
Iguassu Falls Nat'l Park
Macuco Boat Safari
Iguazu Falls Rest.
Foz Tropicana Aviary
6 - Rafain Churrascaria
7 - The Road to Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
9 - Sueste Bay Snorkeling
10 - Farewell to Fernando
11 - The Road to Rio
12 - The Hippie Market
13 - Sugar Loaf Mountain
14 - Copacabana Palace
15 - Too Much Gluten
16 - Botanical Gardens
17 - Buzios
18 - Copacabana
19 - Ipanema Beach
20 - Plataforma Show
21 - Corcovado Mountain
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FALLS TOUR BRAZIL
BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE - DAY
2 - IGUASSU FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Johann & Sandra at Iguassu Falls in Brazil.
us at the hotel at 9:00AM and we drive the short distance
up to the park entrance. We park and head for
the ticket line to pay the $19.90BR entrance fee.
Eddie shows us a short cut (head left to a hidden ticket
counter) and we are in before the line at the counter
even moves. Eddie picks us up on the other side
and we drive the beautiful 10km up to the falls.
We are greeted by bright sunshine and temperatures around
80 degrees - a perfect day.
As we head
down the path to the falls, several Coati Mundi (like
a skinny raccoon) walk across the path, and forage in
the jungle beside us.
is paved, and an easy walk, to the first platform
that overlooks the Argentinan side of the falls. The Sheraton hotel
is perched on the far side, overlooking the falls.
The falls are amazing a dozen or so falls all side by
side, with rainbows filling the air between us and the
water. We walk further down the path, and the
waterfalls get more and more dramatic at each stop -
the rainbows growing in size, and the sight getting
more and more beautiful with every step.
advises us to buy a poncho for $7BR at a stand and
we take his advice, which turns out to be excellent.
We reach the Devils Throat area, where dozens of
massive waterfalls all converge in one spot, and
walk out on the platform over the falls. We are
pelted with spray from the nearby falls and are
SO thankful to have our ponchos. It is an awesome
experience to stand here, in the middle of the raging
river, with thundering falls all around us.
After we take photos, it's back to the path to make
our way up to the observation deck.
take the glass elevator up to the upper deck,
nearly at eye level with the upper falls, and
just a few feet from it. Awesome.
Whose idea was it to
go in for a "closer look" anyway?
can almost reach out and touch the falls, it's
so close, and once again we're happy to have
is beyond anything we'd imagined - it is so beautiful,
even with the water running brown due to the heavy
rains of the previous week. Jungle-laden hillsides
with 275 separate waterfalls covering 1.8 miles,
rainbows upon rainbows filling the air below us
as Coati Mundi run around our feet - simply awe-inspiring.
Well worth the 1 hour, 45 minute flight from Rio
de Janeiro, and a moment we'll always remember.
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