Saturday, June 12, 2010

Iguazu Falls

One aspect of living in a country that is more difficult to get to from the U.S. than anywhere else in the hemisphere, is that family and friends coming down to visit is an very large exception to the rule. We were pumped to meet up with Dad in Peru, and thought that that would be it for our first year in the southern hemisphere. Well, we were wrong.

Spending time on Facebook, I came across a message that dear friends Jaren and Bobbi had booked their honeymoon in Buenas Aires with a side trip to Iguazu Falls. Well, well. Iguazu is only a short five hour bus ride away from us. We got in contact and decided to meet up on their day at Iguazu.

Iguazu Falls are located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, right where Paraguay meets up with them. They were created when the continental plates rammed up against one another. One went down, one went up, and where the river was, over 200 beautiful cascades of water erupted. There are two sides to the falls, Brazilian and Argentine, and we only went to the Argentine side. It is well set up, with a railroad that runs on natural gas (therefore no air pollution), bridges and trails leading along the path of the falls and some beautiful viewing points. This might have been one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Since my eloquence can only go so far, here are some of my favorite pics and some videos.
The four of us, on the platform of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat). Video below of the craziness!
Can you see the toucan above?
The best part of the day was when we took a boat tour on the river below the falls, and went under some of those falls you see in the photo above. Good thing we have good rain gear, we got soaked!
Below are two videos, one is an overview of Garganta del Diablo, and the other one is an overview of another part of the falls. Enjoy!

It was fantastic getting to see Jaren and Bobbi, especially since we were unable to attend their wedding. This also officially starts our countdown for our return to the US!


Caitlin said...

Is that possible in a day trip from Buenos Aires? And if we do that at some point next year will you come meet us too?!?!? :)

Jenna said...

Caitlin, it is possible if you fly. For example, you fly in Thursday, spend Friday morning at the falls, and you could fly out Friday night or Saturday morning. Otherwise its like a 15 hour bus ride. And yes we would come meet you!!!!