Experiencing Iguazu Falls
We have had an incredible first week in Brazil. We started our travels in the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls, the magnificent waterfalls on the border between Brazil and Argentina. We arrived several hours before our friends and travel companions Nancy and Russ. Shortly after retrieving our luggage and meeting our guide, we jumped onto a helicopter for a tour over the entire waterfall and river system; very dramatic! We then checked into the beautiful Hotel das Cataratas, the only hotel located within the Brazilian national park, just steps from the Brazilian nature trails overlooking the falls. We checked in and quickly departed for a two hour hike, ending at sunset over the falls. Our friends arrived in time for a casual dinner and a caipirinha toast to the beginning of the trip. Off to bed to recover from our flights.
We had an early departure on Sunday morning to cross over to Argentina to experience the Argentinian side of the falls. We were one of the first in the park and caught the first train to the famous Devil's Throat waterfall. Experiencing the power of the water and the amazing natural beauty, we then continued on an extensive hike to view all of the major vistas of the over 200 falls in the park. We boarded a boat that rode up to and into the falls, getting totally soaked! It was exhilarating! We finished with an open air truck ride through the rainforest and lunch at a typical Argentinian buffet. We then crossed the border again and spent the late afternoon at an interesting bird park, viewing about 1200 bird species, mostly South American natives.
We enjoyed a lovely Brazilian dinner at the hotel and turned in, happy and well fed.
Our final morning in Iguazu, we took an early hike on the Brazilian side to see the incredible view of the Argentinian side of the falls. We then took two flights to Rio de Janeiro to start our Olympic experience! We had a lovely dinner at a nearby restaurant and turned in to get some rest.