30.05.2010 - 30.05.2010
5/30 En Route to Uruguay!
We woke up to the sounds of down-pouring rain, and tropical birds. According to our roommates (from Buenos Aires and Scotland), we slept through a huge party by the pool. But we had come for the Falls and were happy to catch up on sleep. Our time in one of the natural wonders of the world was brief yet extremely rewarding! Carlos picked us up and we were on our way. We asked him if the Falls had ever completely dried out, and he said twice in his 40 years living in Iguazú, once when he was 7 and once in 2008. After the most recent instance, the rains poured down so heavily that they flooded the walkways and closed the Falls for almost a month. It must have really felt like the end of the world then!
From the moment we sat in the pre-boarding area for our flight to Montevideo, it was clear that Uruguay’s economy is doing well. This was only confirmed by the state-of-the-art airport and our Mercedes taxi with leather seats and temporary McMansions that lined the coast on our way to the main “e-square”, a 5 minute ride from the ferry port but a 20 minute ride from the airport. A minor oversight that cost us extra cab fare but allowed us a glimpse of Uruguay’s developed capital city on our layover stop that made our flight to Patagonia more affordable.
After strong winds made it sound like someone was knocking on our door all night in our old but beautiful hostel, and an actual knock at 3am from the hostel guy working the night shift because he confused our request for a taxi at 6:15, we were excitedly departing for Patagonia!