13.02.2013 - 14.02.2013
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Today was a planned day of rest and relaxation to recover from the hustle and bustle of Rio. We spent the day relaxing at the jungle lodge. Shane took advantage of the hammock on our verandah, it backs right onto the jungle.
Whilst I slaved away going through all of the Carnivale photos and updating the blog. Good one Shane.
It was a good day to be resting as it was pouring with rain, but it was still hot and humid. We headed up to the restaurant for lunch so didn’t have to venture far. Reception had found a tarantula. I stayed clear.
Well it had rained continuously through the night and didn’t look like it was going to let up. We were heading for the Brazilian side of the falls today. We had been told that the easiest way to do this was to arrange a taxi to take us, so this is what we did. The driver even took care of the Argentinian and Brazilian border crossings. More stamps in the passport, I just wish they would fill one page before they stamp a new one. At this rate we will run out of room.
We arrived at the Parque National Do Iguacu (Iguazu National Park) and bought our entrance tickets and headed over to catch the bus that takes you 10km into the park to where the falls walk starts. It was absolutely pouring at this stage. We had our waterproof ponchos on to protect our cameras and I took an umbrella from the hotel so we could take photos without our cameras getting wet.
We headed out along the trail, today the trail was only one and a half kilometres so there wasn’t as much walking involved. Our last visit to the falls a couple of weeks ago had been hot and sunny and yet today was the exact opposite, on one hand it was a shame but today due to the rain there was so much more water coming over the falls. I can imagine on a good day that the views from the Brazilian size would actually be better than the Argentinian side but today was quite foggy and there was a lot of mist due to the power of the water. First we came across the Cataratas Falls. We had seen these close up from the Argentinian side but we got another perspective today.
We arrived at the final lookout near the Devils Throat, we could not see all the way into the devils throat due to the rain, however the views were still amazing.
The time in the park went really quickly and by lunch time we were heading back over the borders. Before returning to our hotel we stopped at the Argentinian Three Borders Landmark. Though the falls are often described as being at the frontier of the three countries, the actual Tripitarte between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay is several kilometres away, at the deepest part of the confluence of the Iguazu and Parana Rivers.
The landmarks were originally erected in 1903, the memorials are built around three simple cement obelisks, painted in the patriotic colours of the three respective flags.