I always wanted to see Iguašu Falls since I have seen Niagara Falls in Canada and Victoria Falls in Zambia and the trip to Rio and Buenos Arises was a good way to achieve this desire!

We will fly from Rio to the falls and stay for two nights at the Foz do Iguašu hotel close to the falls and we hope to see the falls from both sides, Brazil and the Argentina side.

History:

The park was created in 1934 and it contains one of the greatest natural beauties of Argentina, the Iguazu Falls, surrounded by the subtropical jungle. Across the IguazuRiver lies its Brazilian counterpart (Iguašu NationalPark). Both sites were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, in 1984 and 1986.

The area of thepark was inhabited 10,000 years ago by the hunter-gatherers of the Eldoradense culture. They were displaced around 1,000 CE by the GuaranÝ, who brought new agricultural technologies, and were displaced in turn by the Spanishand Portuguese conquistadores in the 16th century, though their legacy is still alive in this area (the name of the park and the river is GuaranÝ y guasu,"large water"). The first European to visit the zone was ┴lvar N˙˝ez Cabeza de Vaca, in 1542; Jesuit missionsfollowed in 1609.




Falls I Have Visited Around the World

Victoria Falls, Zambia - Niagara Falls, Canada - Iguašu Falls, Brazil & Argentina

Iguacu Falls

Victoria Falls ~ The view from the air and Gail and our walk around the falls! - Zambia - Africa - 02.2006

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ~ My friends Annette, Julliet & I walked along the falls - Ontario - Canada - 10.2008

Iguacu Falls

Iguašu Falls ~ The view from the air and views as we walked around the falls - Brazil/Argentina - South America - 11.2009




November 02, 2009

Today we have a flight to Iguašu Falls and transfer to Hotel Rafain Centro. 

But before that our guide Wilson suggested we visit the Brazil side first.  We spent a few hours touring the Brazil side and then we went to the hotel, it was up graded due to one of the tour group men, Jerry, complaining and we were upgraded by the tour company. 

It was a good thing we toured the Brazil side or the next day would have killed us as we had to hike over five miles and also wanted to take the raft ride into the rapids and into the falls them selves!

Iguazu Falls - Brazil Side

I was the only one in the group lucky enough to get a photo of the falls as we went in for a landing!

Our first view of part of the almost two mile long falls, many were much larger than these were!

You could walk across the river at many points as the water rushed below you!

The temperature was from 90 to 115 and as you can see, I was rather sweaty!




November 03, 2009

We took a small train to the siding we wanted to get off of and we did two walks in the morning on the Argentina side. Then we took a kind of giant jeep down to the river and did a river run and at the end, ran under the falls as people screamed and laughed.

Next we had a great lunch and beer before we took off again.

Then we did a mile walk into the river to see the massive Devil's Gorge, then a mile back with the temperature at about 45 C or over 110 F!

We were so tired most of us stayed at the hotel and swam and drank and gossiped and had dinner there, a great evening after a great day!

Iguazu Falls - Argenina Side

The best guide, Wilson!

Boarding the train to our first stop!

A tight fit, Kathleen, Debbie and Sheila!

One of the miles of ramps we walked over the river and falls.

Beautiful scenery every where.

Sheila and Chuck!




Iguazu Falls - Argenina Side - River Rafting to the Falls

Safety first!

Chuck and Walker ready to go!

We loved bouncing around the rocks and waves!

Chuck, just before we went under the spray of the falls, lots of screaming and laughing!

Walking along the falls after the boat ride!

We had to climb about five stories to get back to the top but well worth it!

We loved the moss and greenery and the cool mist!




Mile walk over the river to the Garganta del Diablo in 110 degrees!

We walked a mile over a placid river and then.....

There was the huge falls right beneath our feet!

Water rushed under the path way, very exciting!

Chuck in 110 degree temperature and a mile hike both ways!




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