Arrived in Foz Do IguaÇu for our originally planned 3 day stop over.
Were greeted by a really pleasant couple who were new owners of the hostel we were to stay in. The place was without a shadow of a doubt the nicest place we have stayed so far - to boot it had Sky ready for the big Utd - Chelsea game on the Sunday.
So the following day we set off for the falls, everything they say about them in the book is true - that you can hear them from miles away and the closer you get the more excited you get - they claim it´s due to the negative ions created by all the water.
The walk up to falls keeps giving you tanatalizing views of what is coming up. For the most part it was under cover and therefore shaded, however when we got to the final destination it was not only a visual sensory overload but the sun was extremely strong. This lead to a nice wife beater tan for Ben. see photos. The falls themselves are amazing, there is so much water that it is almost a little too hard to comprehend. also see photos.
So after the day at the falls we had a mixed couple of days which lead to us staying one day longer.
Those days included a trip to Paraguay to do some contraband shopping. Was a very enjoyable day with laughable border control (non-existent), the only dfownside was that on attempting to purchase a Paraguay national football team shirt it would seem that they dont go any larger than medium - am guessing that i must have been the biggest man in Paraguay that day. Feeling like I had money to burn I decided to buy Reet a new wedding ring to make up for the missing ones - although they looked completely different they only cost me 3000 Guarani = $1 so in the same price range as the originals
We also headed to Itaipu dam - the worlds largest (soon to be outrumped by one on the yellow River, China). We went to see this at night where they do a light show, played to some James Bond-esque music, very interesting.
The following day we went for a swim in the river donwstream from the dam, very nice in the 38dg heat.
The final evening to our little stay in Foz was an authentic Churrasco at the hostel we were staying in. There is something about having a wood fired BBQ and the taste it gives the meat - nicest steak so far in South America.
So prior to leaving for Argentina we decided to watch the Utd-Chelsea game, was a nail biting game enjoyed by me and the hosts family which included Joel´s football crazy father who was great fun to watch the game with - Goooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllll.