10.07.2008 - 12.07.2008 25 °C
We left the Estancia knowing we had a long drive to San Ignacio Mini. We thought the drive would take around 15hrs. The going was VERY slow in the morning due to traffic weight, fog and police checks. We covered the first 400km in 6 1/2 hrs. We still had 700km left to travel at 2pm.
At 8pm we headed towards a "town" for some food but the town was basically a logging community and not only was there no food, we managed to get Carmen stuck in mud - twice. The second time was pretty bad and the two crew/drivers had to get down under Carmen in the mud to dig a gap big enough to get the sand mats to the wheels to help with traction.
More photos can be viewed by following this link - Stuck in the mud
At this point the poor guys had been driving for 12 hrs. With two failed attempts of getting Carmen out with sand mats and us all pushing we decided we needed mechanical help. Luckily one of the girls on Carmen speaks better than restaurant Spanish and found a guy with a truck. It took him a few attempts, but eventually, at around 9pm, Carmen was out of the mud. After all this the crew/drivers put the idea to us that we skip the over night camp and to drive straight through the night to the next stop at Cataratas del Iguazú. So, off we went for a night on the road. We drove for 24hrs, the drivers taking it in turns to sleep and drive. Chris and I got a little bit of sleep, but not much and are now a little moody and tired. The drivers seem to have thrived on it! They like a bit of adventure and break from the norm.
We covered 1500km in the 24hrs and are now at Cataratas del Iguazú close to the Iguazu falls and Brazil.
Tomorrow (Friday) we spend the day at the Argentinian side of the Iguazú falls.
The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River. Some of the individual falls are up to 82 metres in height, though the majority are about 64 metres. The Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat in English), a U-shaped 150-metre-wide and 700-metre-long cliff, is supposed to be the most impressive of all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Two thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory.
Iguazú is rivalled only by Southern Africa's Victoria Falls which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe. Iguazu is wider because it is split into about 270 discrete falls and large islands, Victoria has the largest curtain of water in the world, at over 1600m wide and over 100m in height.