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The Incredible Iguazzu Falls

We have spent the last two days visiting the Iguazzu Falls and it has been spectacular! First we did the Argentinian side at Puerto Iguazzu. We had an early start after a not very good night sleep due to some very loud snoring from an Argentinian man. Not ideal but we soon forgot about it due to our excitement! We arrived at the park at 9am and hopped onto a train that took us straight to the devils throat of the falls. We walked along footpaths above the water for about 800m until we saw it. Incredible amounts of water it was insane. You get so close as well it was a good job we had our rain coats!

the devils throat

the devils throat

will at devils throat

will at devils throat

So that was already spectacular enough but the scenery was just completely amazing everywhere. We saw so many birds, loads of really pretty blue onesand a tucan! I didn't get my camera out quick enough for it though unfortunetly. Loads of really pretty butterflies and these weird things called coaties I think that looked abit like ant eaters and were constantly searching for food.

hungry coatie

hungry coatie

one of the many pretty butterflies

one of the many pretty butterflies

The park was so big we walked around it for about 6 hours. There were waterfalls everywhere and we got a boat that took us to the island in the middle called san martin and we saw more waterfalls. I'm not going to lie, I thin we both took enough photos of waterfalls for the rest of our lives but it was incredible!

waterfalls

waterfalls

We got the bus back to our hostel to pick up our luggage and then headed over to Foz du Iguazzu which is in Brazil. The bus sort of dropped us off in the middle of no where and once again Will and I hadn't done an awful lot of research so werent very sure where to head. Luckily though a guy who saw us looking a little lost told us that he could show us his hostel and the supermarket etc so we headed off with him. The hostel was half an hour away but in prime position 2 minutes walk to the falls and 5 min bus from the airport! Perfect for oir flight to Rio. After a quick bite to eat it was time for an early night as we were shatttttttered!

Another early start and we headed out for day 2 of the falls! This side was completely different. A lot smaller to begin with but with beautiful panoramic views of the falls. You could stand there forever taking photos and admiring the views. This side only took a couple of hours so afterwards we headed to a duty free shop on the border of argentina and brazil and for an hour or two I forgot I was travelling and bought some expensive make up, chocolates and really nice sun cream. Perfect way to end a perfect couple of days!

panoramic view

panoramic view

lota of waterfalls

lota of waterfalls

dvils throat from a different view

dvils throat from a different view

Rio tomorrow! Very excited! And 2 weeks tomorrow we will be off to New Zealand! Where's the time gone?!

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Posted by amcara91 13:53 Archived in Argentina Tagged scenery beautiful iguazzu Comments (0)

Salta, Argentina

Well believe it or not we finally left Bolivia for good! It was a very long busy journey with lots of getting on and off and on and off as we crossed the border but at least we weren't waiting there for 8 hours like the last time!! We arrived in Salta at 4.30am which is a pretty awkward time to get in. The annoying thing as well was that we hadn't done our research and had no idea what the conversion rate was and we didn't have any argentinian money. Nightmare! The bank machine at the bus station didn't take our bank cards either just to make things a little worse so we had to walk to the hostel we wanted which was 17 blocks with our huge big bags. Not ideal! We did finally arrive though and collapsed into our beds.

Argentina definitley seems a lot more developed than Bolivia. We really like it here and its not as expensive as we thought it would be. There's a really nice park about 10 minutes away which has finally encouraged me to start my tough mudder training. We have been making the most of the good meat here cooking our own steak and having steak sandwiches so tonight we're having a break and making some spag bol.

Bit of a nightmare at the moment as all the busses are on strike and we have a flight on saturday from Iguazzu so we need to be there for that. What we think we're going to have to do now is get a flight for tomorrow to Iguazzu so we have time to do both sides and not miss our flight to Rio. Its pretty expensive but has to be done! So we've definitley spent enough time in Salta and reckon we would have gone somewhere else had it not been for the strikes but oh well!

salta, argentina

salta, argentina

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Posted by amcara91 09:57 Archived in Argentina Tagged park sunny steak Comments (0)

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