Our little side trip to Iguazu
05.04.2014 - 11.04.2014
Since our last post we have relocated to a new place: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. This town is on the boarder of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. In this town we found cataratas (waterfalls)... pretty awesome ones at that.
Getting here was pretty fun. We took a 18 hour bus ride, non-stop, from Buenos Aires. Fortunately for us the seats reclined a fair amount so you could sleep a little better. However, little sleep was had all the same. Mostly watched movies, ate food, and listened to music. it was a draining experience, and by the time we arrived at Iguazu we were pretty tired... A friend of a friend of a family member named Patricia picked us up, took us to her house for lunch and then took us to the room we were renting from her sister. Complicated but successful all the same. There has been a lacking of local fluency in english, so we have been buffing up our communication skills a bit.
The next day we went to the cataratas. They are just outside the town. It was a really sunny and hot day and since we are now in a jungle it was especially humid as well. The falls are a popular place, especially on a sunday, so when we got there the place was in full swing. there were many trails that went around the many falls that made Iguazu Falls. the falls span several km of cliffs, and it took us the whole day to walk to all of them. the best ones in my opinion were the devils throat falls which were a horse shoe type falls.... We put sunscreen on but it was only slightly succesful. a combination of sweating like crazy people and the mist of the falls washed a lot off, so we both came back home with sun burns.. we ended up going back the next day because we did not do all of the trails that we had hoped to do. I also brought a picnic lunch of crackers, cheese, ham, and wine to try and celebrate Meredith's birthday. The park will not let you swim around most of the falls, but there is a little waterfall, about an hours walk from the main falls where you can swim. We went there, had a picnic, and it was really nice. Not many people want to walk that far for a swimming hole so we had it between about 8 of us. all in all it worked out nice. the whole of Iguazu Falls were amazing. So much water, and power, and greenery. the whole place was beautiful, and not as commercial as niagra falls which is nice.
since then we spent a couple days lounging around, reading, facebooking, and walking around the town. its been raining on and off the last few days so its been a tad more difficult to get out. We had a bit of a miscomunication with the farm we were looking to work at so tonight we are leaving via plane to go to roughly the most southern point in Argentina: Patagonia. we are going to do some hiking in the Torres del Paine mountian in Chili, and see some of the major Glaciers in Argentina. We are both Really pumped. its the beggining of fall now, so hopeully its not too too cold.
anyways. thats all for now.
Thomas and Meredith