22nd August 2007
Ok well we arrived about an hour and a half late, so about 12.30pm. Our pickup to our hotel wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t waiting so we waited about 20mins til he came and got us. Took us to Hotel Carmen where weÃ¯Â¿Â½re staying for the next 2 nights. Nice big room, fridge, TV and private bathroom - fantastic! much better than what we have been used to! So had a quick shower and freshened up, then got on the minibus for our half day tour of the Brazilian side of the Foz De Iguacu. So left around 3pm had about 6 other people in our group, all Spanish speaking! Got through the border and into Brazil into the National Park, where our tour guide could not speak 1 word of English! So we kinda walked off at our own pace, instead of sticking with the group. Well the falls, were out of this world! Fantastic! As we got closer, there was a little walkway you could walk on, and we got absolutely soaked from the spray of the waterfalls! Oh yeah forgot to mention that it is lovely and warm up here, than cold Buenos Aires! No scarves and gloves needed here!! Took loads of photographs, you could see so many rainbows as the sun glistened through each droplet of water, and the pressure from the water dropping was so loud! Got back into Argentina around 7.15pm so i think3.5 hours is the shortest time i have ever spent in 1 country, with a passport stamp too! Well tomorrow we have a full day on the Argentinian side. Came back to the hotel for a lovely buffet tea, we feel like we´ve not had a proper dinner in ages! There was beef, potatoes, chicken, rice, salad, bread and a huge assortment of deserts. I opted for the creme caramel as i got one with my dinner on the coach last night, but somehow it managed to find its way into my lap instead of my mouth! Gave jenny the giggles though, shes always one to laugh at othérs´ misfortune!!
23rd August 2007
Today we got picked up at 8.30am for our full day seeing the Argentinian side of the Iguassu Falls. Got there and walked along a trail to the ´Devil´s Throat´where the waterfalls all gushed in. You couldn´t really see much because of the spray of water. i thought that part was better from the Brazilian side. As on the Argentinian side, you couldn´t see the bottom 80metres below. But the rest of the waterfalls were much more spectacular today than yesterday. We got so close to some of them, walking over them and beside them, and at some points got soaking wet! Again so many rainbows. After lunch we did another walking trail to where we got on a speed boat which took us down the Iguassu river and into the spray of the falls! We got drenched but it was brilliant fun! That wasn´t included in our 30 Pesos (fiver) entrance fee. we had to pay an extra 100 pesos (15pounds) to do the boat. then we got on a 4x4 truck and that took us through the Nature Reserve where Jaguars and other Jungle animals live, but we didn´t see anything. Then we exited the park. ´Hector´our guide was really good, explained everything in Spanish and English, unlike our woman yesterday who couldn´t speak a word of English. We bought the DVD at the end of the trip for a further 90 pesos, which was expensive but we might never do it again! Came back to our hotel and had dinner - shephards pie!! brilliant! spaghetti with beef, salad etc. A proper meal again! Had yet ánother´ game of Scrabble! where i won by a mile, and i got all my letters out in 1 go with the word THUNDERS! Never done that before! Have to be out of our room tomorrow by 10am and we don´t get picked up and taken to the bus station for our long journey back to Buenos Aires til 3.15pm so gawd knows what we´ll do til then!
24th August 2007
Well we have done sod all waiting about today til 3.15pm. Checked out of our room but kept our bags in reception. Had breakfast, and went on the internet. yet another sodding game of scrabble to pass the time. Couldn´t even read my book as i realised i left it in the hostel back at Buenos Aires! Gutted!. Anyway, our pickup was late and didn´t arrive til half past 3pm, so we were scared wé were going to miss our bus which left at 3.45pm! But luckily we didn´t. Got on the bus which is a ´camo´bus - the seats almost turn into beds. And surprisingly the buses here are far better than the Greyhound in Australia, or the ones in Thailand! They put a couple of films on and i soon dropped off.