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Iguazú… Continued

We arrived at the national park to see the waterfalls and began walking along the paths to the falls.  Without exaggeration, these waterfalls were the most incredible sight I had ever seen.  The sheer amount of water falling down and the number of falls were simply incredible… I couldn’t believe a place like this was even real.  In our day at the park, we took a boat ride underneath of the waterfalls, made a trip over to an island surrounded by the falls, and saw La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat).  That part of the falls was absolutely amazing.  It’s hard to even explain without being there.  So, after all of the travel issues, the trip to Iguazú was a success.  After the long day, we got back to the hostel, rested up a bit, and then went out for dinner.  The air that night was actually incredibly cold for being ‘subtropical’ climate.  We had a good dinner at this local place and then headed back to get some sleep before we had to be on a flight back to BsAs in the morning… little did we know, it would be canceled by ceniza as well.

After an extra night in Iguazú, we eventually had to take a bus back to the city because flights were canceled for days due to the volcanic ash.  The 18-hour bus ride cost us $471 pesos (more than half of our round-trip flight), but it had to be done.  Oh, and we are still waiting on reimbursement from Aerolineas Argentinas, almost a month later.  Oh well, the trip was worth every penny.

Also, because of our delayed flight, we were given an extra day in the Iguazú area, so we decided to take full advantage.  Once my friends and I finally rolled out of bed, we hopped on a bus that was headed to Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil.  Now, according to everything we had heard, Brazil has a $140 entrance fee, and a visa is necessary for Americans to enter the country… but we were going to try our luck anyway.  We arrived at the border of Argentina and Brazil with passports and argentine residency documents in hand and we were actually able to slide right through border control into the largest country in South America.  Now, I wish that I had some amazing story about an incredible day in Brazil, but we were only really able to stay there for about three hours since it was quickly getting dark, so we walked around the small city for a bit and then posted up at a cafe for some brazilian beer.  It was a nice, short day trip, and in the end, we can all say that we got to visit Brazil!  It was interesting to hear the language instantly switch from Spanish to Portuguese, and it was muuuuuch easier to read than it was to understand what people were saying.  The little city wasn’t much, about the equivalent of Puerto Iguazú on the Argentine side, but it was great to be able to brag to the rest of our friends in the program, none of who had made it to the Brazilian side, at least without paying.  All in all, it was a perfect way to end one of the best weekends of my life.  Other than seeing the toucans at the airport… that was awesome too 😛

 

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