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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BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE - DAY
2 - IGUASSU FALLS NATIONAL PARK
The Jungle Truck takes us through the jungle to the
us off at the
Macuco Boat Safari for the next part of our adventure.
We meet our guides and load into the army jeep along
with a group of senior citizens from Norway. The jeep
grinds down a narrow jungle path, stopping a couple
of times to show us orchids and palm trees and to let
other jeeps pass. The tour guide gives us the
option to walk 600m down a jungle path, but nobody else
in our group is going to do this walk (too old), so
we pass as well. We continue to a point where
we unload from one jeep and hop onto a smaller one for
the final pitch down the steep dirt path.
holds about 20 people, and we bolt off down the
Iguassu River toward the falls. Beautiful
jungle lines both banks as we do some 360's in the
middle of the river. We head over to the Argentinian
falls first, stopping almost underneath the falls.
We get totally drenched, but it is really cool.
We zoom over now to another section of falls and
enter the spray of the falls at full speed ahead.
It seems like we're destined for a head-on collision
with the jagged rocks beneath the thundering falls,
but at the last moment, we turn hard left and are
met with a colossal amount of spray from the falls,
drenching everyone again.
You can't get much
closer to the waterfall than this!
screams with delight as we come around for another
pass, and then another - the guides film us the
whole way as we get an amazing view of the falls
above from right underneath. It is too wet
to use our camera during the event (we had no waterproof
casing), but the guides filmed a DVD for us and
also took some still photos for purchase.
turn now back to the dock and race full-speed
ahead back up the Iguassu River.
A high-speed return to shore, including 360°
more 360s and other tricks along the way,
producing screams of excitement from our
Norwegian counterparts, then hit a big wake and
crash over it, producing a wave over the front
of the boat, soaking me immensely.
at the dock now, we get dressed and have an opportunity
to purchase the photos and DVD. We pass on
the photos but grab the DVD for $35USD. We hop in
the Jeep and head back up to the tour departure
point, having to switch Jeeps at the top of the
really steep part. We hear monkeys in the
trees, but cannot pick them out of the dense
jungle canopy. The tour might have been a
bit overpriced at nearly $70 a pop, but it was
definitely a fun experience and we were happy we
to bring: Waterproof Camera, Swimsuit, Sandals,
Towel, Money for Videos and Photos, Insect Repellent,
Sunblock, Poncho or other rain gear.
What NOT to bring (Are you listening, Sandra?) High Heeled Shoes,
Giant Purse, Blazer, Long Pants.
those who aren't Sandra shouldn't bring: Shoes
and Socks, Bags of any kind (you'll have to leave
them at the dock), Sunglasses.
of Tour: $66 USD Per Person (At time of writing)
to Book: http://www.macucosafari.com.br/
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