It's been a few days since the last update, but spending 32 hours on a bus can really make it tough to find something to write about… lol. Although I can tell you that we haven't showered since Saturday and we're now quite a few days from there… lol
I've finally hit my peak with sweet food though… the locals here seem to be obsessed with sugar, and it goes into EVERYTHING! The bus rides have been really comfortable with seats that recline almost the whole way back for the most part and with loads of food, 7-up and tea and coffee provided. On the way to Iguazu we even got to play bingo which was quite interesting, but has definitely helped with our numbers!!
The bus food is even worse than plane food… lol. Breakfast is normally a cookie or a wafer stuffed with nougat… All loaded with sugar, yet somehow no fat locals!!! Dinner is another interesting one, Kirbs and I normally try to eat something before we get on the bus so we don't need to eat the curious looking meats… lol.
On to Iguazu now - enough about the bus food!!! Lol
The falls were amazing! Unfortunately the day we were there had heaps of cloud cover so it was a bit chilly… especially as Kirbs and I were expecting it to be quite warm up there so we'd dressed in shorts, skirts and singlets… lucky Kirbs brought trackies and I bought a light jumper… The walks around the falls were amazing - the few days before we arrived was almost constant rain so the water looked like the chocolate falls from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Lol. As soon as you stepped out onto the board-walk in front of the falls you were covered by a mist of water. We were glad to have bought ponchos at the gate!! Lol. We got a professional picture in front of the falls which looks like it's a fake background. Hard to imagine we were really there!
We also booked to go on the "Grand Adventure" tour, which got us on the back of a 4x4 and a jet boat ride around the falls for some photos. Thankfully the drive wasn't long enough for me to get sick, and the boat ride was quite good too… We went right into the falls on both sides of San Martin Island so we were drenchedby the time we got off the boat… and freezing! Lol. We did a bit of a walk up San Martin island to check out some different views of the falls and we got to see one of the local birds… the black vulture… lol.
After our hike around the island we went back to the main part to begin the trek back to Puerto Iguazu (the town part). On our way back we encountered the Coatis. It's the strangest looking animal (I took photos cause I had no idea how to describe it) but kind of picture an ant-eater crossed with a red panda… and make it bite you if it's hungry and wants your food… lol
By 4 we'd had our fill of the waterfalls (having been there from 10) so we headed back to town to get some pre-bus dinner and get into some warm clothes. (we left our main packs in the lockers at the bus station). Dinner was another lovely affair and I made sure to make the most of the beautiful steak here… YUMMMMM! I think it might be spoiling me for steak for the rest of my life though… lol. After dinner we went for a walk around the town before getting onto the next bus for 26 hrs which is where we are now!
No bingo on the bus so far, but we were lucky enough to have the first movie in English, the second with English subtitles but the rest has been all in Spanish… lol. At some point last night the police came on board to check out our passports which was a little weird, but other than that we've had no real excitement!
Tonight we'll be getting into Salta quite late, so the adventures will hopefully begin tomorrow!
Hope you're all well - miss you all lots!!
No wifi when we got in last night so here's what went down on the bus ride… On arriving at Tucuman we were supposed to have 30 minutes to our next bus… the bus was delayed though (we got through basic Spanish) so we had to wait over 90 mins for it to come… when it did arrive there were 3 possible buses it could have been and all of them said something we couldn't really understand but seemed like "not us, the next one"… lol. We finally got onto one of the buses where the local thought it would be funny to try and convince us we had gotten onto the wrong bus… lol. Thankfully that joke didn't last too long… We pulled over at some random service station in the middle of the night and were told to get off the bus, and got onto a new one… Thankfully we still got our "cama" seat (essentially a bit bigger with leather seats) and this bus had heating! We finally made it in after about 1:30 to the hostel, and were so grateful it was still open for us!! We only have a reservation for one of us for tonight so hopefully we can sort that out this morning!
Time for a shower!!! YAYAYAYAY!!