11.07.2008 - 11.07.2008 24 °C
We have just come back from a full day at the Iguazú Falls. Words can not do them justice. They were absolutely amazing; the noise, the mass of water, the rainbows and the subtropical jungle - wow.
The Iguazú National park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) has an amazing network of trails and suspended paths to walk around. The morning was spent walking around the top part (1500m), and bottom part of the falls (2800m). We got to view several of the smaller falls (Iguazú Falls is made up of over 200 falls, see last blog) from the very top, we got some good panoramic views of the falls, giving us an idea of how vast they are. We also got pretty close to the falls in one location, getting wet from the spray in the process.
In the afternoon we caught the Rain Forest Ecological Train (the train was built in England in Ross-on-Wye) to Devil's Gorge, a location near the top of the falls. We walked for about 1500m, mainly over a lot of river which was eerily calm. At the end of the walk we came to balconies built over the edge of the waterfall - 90 metres high - so we had a great view of the water tumbling over the side, and also had an amazing view of the falls on the Brazilian side. This blog has a lot of photos and links to videos we took because I just cannot find the right words to explain them.
Click this link to see a video of the falls from Devils Gorge - Video
In addition to the falls we also got to see some wonderful butterflies and several Coati whom are members of the racoon family and condors, too.
The weather is getting better as we head North back towards the equator. Today was about 25oC and we both have a nice little glow from spending a day walking around in the sun.
Tomorrow we leave Argentina and head into Brazil and get to see the falls from their side.