Posted by Amanda
Iguacu Falls are AMAZING! They look CGI because there are so many of them. We started on the Argentina side where you get the close up views of the falls. Our first stop was the Devil's Throat (which Noah and I agree should be the name of the first Jungle Cruise movie--Jungle Cruise: The Devil's Throat). We took a path of bridges over to the Devil's Throat. This alone was stunning. There was such a thick flow of water. The mist made it a bit difficult to take good photos because the lens was constantly getting wet (so were we). From there we back tracked to the path to the superior falls. Each view was more beautiful than the next. We made our way over to San Martin falls then back to lunch--another meat buffet.
Following lunch we went on a jeep ride during which it was almost impossible to stay awake. The guide for this portion did yell at our students because they continued to talk while she was talking. Even after she told them to be quiet, one group continued to talk until we figured out she was talking about them to the Spanish speakers. Then I asked them to stop. That is the stuff I find so embarassing about traveling with a group of Americans.
The jeep took us through the National Park in Argentina to the water's edge. We boarded a boat that took us right up to the falls. This was the best part of the day. We looked like we were going to hit one of the rock walls at one point. Of course we were soaking wet from the falls but it was great. This also gave us terrific views of the falls from the bottom. As we hiked back up the hills, we got our last views of the falls for the day.
We stopped at an okay bird park. The butterfly and hummingbird area was the best. I'm sure real bird people would enjoy this park, but as I don't really like birds, it wasn't my cup of tea.
For dinner we were on our own so we grabbed a cab with a bunch of students to head to a beer garden our guide recommended. It was closed so after much broken Spanish/Portuguese, we got to a pizza place with live music. Noah and I shared a pizza with heart of palm on it. We figured we should get something Brazilian. I also got a caipirinha--the alcoholic beverage of Brazil. It was strong but tasty of lime and sugar. This was one of those nice Semester at Sea moments. The conversations were great and I enjoyed the company of the students. I really liked talking to one student who had sadly earned dock time earlier in the morning. We finished and all grabbed a cab home for the night.