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1 - The Road to Iguacu

2 - Iguassu Falls Nat'l Park

3 - Macuco Boat Safari

4 - Iguazu Falls Rest.

5 - Foz Tropicana Aviary

6 - Rafain Churrascaria

7 - The Road to Noronha

8 - 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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Iguassu Falls
Johann & Sandra at Iguassu Falls in Brazil.

Eddie meets 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. 


The path 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.


Eddie 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. 

We 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. 

Foz du Iguacu Brazil
Whose idea was it to go in for a "closer look" anyway?

We can almost reach out and touch the falls, it's so close, and once again we're happy to have ponchos. 

The falls 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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