We arrived to the Brazilian side of the Falls last Thursday to find a really small town with not much going on. The hostel we booked was ok, but it was raining and a bit colder which put a dampner on it! We had also been expecting gym facilities, but when we were given the 'grand tour' of the hostel, we were shown the 20 year old rusty weight machine! As if we'd use it anyway though! To liven things up we went to a Churrascaria show (BBQ show) with typical dancing from different parts of South America. There was an all you can eat buffet and every pudding you can think of, and the show was amazing (have a look at the pics!) Em's favourite was the typical mexican music, James´ had to be the Brazilian show girls, who were hard to take your eyes off!
We didnt really like the area that much, and wanted to put off seeing the Falls until it was a nice day so we headed off to the Argentinian side where we´d heard about a hotel that had been made into a hostel. We jumped on one bus on the Brazilian side, and after 15 mins had to jump off to get our passports stamped at the border. Jumping back on the bus, we arrived 15 mins later at what will probably be the nicest hostel we will stay in, especially at £6 per night with breakfast! (and we haggled a night free as we were staying so long!) We spent a couple of days playing pool, table tennis and table football until the weather cleared up, and we were so glad we waited! We decided to take the rafting tour of the falls, and it was unbelievable. They took us right into some of the waterfalls and we got soaked! We also had a safari ride through the jungle, and where we caught the train to one of the falls, we decided to walk the 2 miles back. Not many people do as it it seems a bit pointless, but we were literally in clouds of beautiful butterflies as we walked along, all landing on us and showing us their crazily long tongues! With the tour we got given a ´packed lunch´of a sandwhich and an apple (Shouldve seen our faces when we realised that had to get us through the whole day!) So we settled down to munch when a coatis (a racoon-anteater type animal) literally grabbed James´ sarnie much to his annoyance!! His family will appreciate that coatis picked the wrong guy to steal food from! The last waterfall we saw was the Devils Throat waterfall which was spectacular, but you have to see it to believe it. Even our superb photography doesnt do them justice
It is now 30degrees every day and we´re just taking advantage of the pool and cheap caiparinhas, until we head off to Montevideo in Uruguay on Thursday!