29.05.2010 - 29.05.2010
5/29/10 an international orchestra at one of the planet’s most breathtaking wonders!
The flight to Iguazú was one filled with many white-knuckle, stomach-churning moments. We left Buenos Aires on a rainy Saturday morning and bounced our way to the northern Argentine-Brazilian border, one of the natural wonders of the world, on a 1 hour and 40 minute turbulent journey. But, really, what can you expect when you are approaching what has appeared to me, since I hung a poster in my closet in high school, as the end of the world? As we landed, we could see lush, green jungle and a mist cloud from the falls themselves drifting toward the sky. The airport in Iguazú looked more like a hotel than an airport, with its brick exterior. We arrived around 11:30am and, after a delicious lunch of breaded chicken, beets, cucumbers, boiled eggs and fries en route to the national park and majestic falls, we were photographing the very literally breathtaking Devil’s Throat Argentine lookout not 2 hours later. We hiked to two different over-the-water lookouts and took the plunge (literally) in a high adrenaline dosed ride in a speedboat to the falls (both the Brazilian side and the Argentinean side). We were warned (very accurately) by our cab driver that we would be soaked from head to toe after the speedboat ride; he was not kidding!! They provided dry bags for us to put our cameras and shoes in, and we ended up buying the video they took on the boat, since we could not film the trip due to the copious amount of water. We ended one of our hikes by walking up on a 5 country youth symphony (Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina) that performed the most intense, classical soundtrack imaginable for the misty falls, from the Sheraton where we enjoyed cocktails and mingled with some teenagers with their younger brother, all sharing their afternoon mate. It was here that we discussed how we’d love to travel with our nieces Molly and Megan when they graduate from high school.
Carlos, our cab driver from the airport to our hostel, gave us a package deal for taking us to and from the falls, as well as to and from the airport. He was a cheerful Argentinean that was excited to practice his English.