Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Antarctic Adventure #21, Iguassu Falls, 1 Jan 2020

Antarctic Adventure #21, Igaussu Falls, 1 Jan 2020

 Woke to a beautiful morning.  View from our balcony.  Had to leave early - on the bus about 7:15am!  And yep, if you read our previous day's report, we were up past midnight drinking our Anniversary champagne & watching the fireworks!  So we were a little sleepy!

We headed straight to the park.  Arrived a little before they opened, but still quite a few folks in line before us!  This is a popular tourist stop!  I downloaded a few pictures from Wikipedia to give you an idea of just how massive this fall system is.  To give you a comparison, Niagara is almost 4000' wide where Iguassu is 8900' wide!  Victoria Falls (dividing Zimbabwe & Zambia - remember from our Africa visit?) is 5600' wide.  Iguassu has many little islands that divides up the water, so it is considered the "largest" falls in the world, but Victoria has the longest continuous curtain of water.  Niagara on the other hand has the highest rate of water falling.  

We hopped on the little train to head to the top of the falls - trying to reach the "devils throat" before the massive crowds of the day - and to beat the heat (supposed to be about 100 degrees today).  We left our Antarctic expedition to head to a hot subtropical humid climate!  Hummm?  Left our bright red parka's at the hotel in Buenos Aires!!!

After our 30 minute train ride, we disembarked to take the .6 mile raised walkways to see the Devil's Throat.  The park was opened in 1934 & the walkways are amazing.  There are beautiful trees filled with birds, butterflies, & lots of the adorable Coati all along the way.  Of course we could see fish of all shapes & sizes in the water below us & the birds were everywhere!  And then when you reach the Devil's Throat, you think you've died & gone to heaven.  It's totally indescribable!    
Here's a short video to give you at least a small idea of the power & majesty of this location.  And the water level appears to be a bit low now - can't seem to get verification, but they have been under a drought situation recently - still getting rain, but not the amount they would normally have at this time of year.

We took the little train down to the lower Falls circuit & spent a couple of hours viewing some of the 275+ individual waterfalls along the circuit.  I'll post this now & finish later!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Antarctic Adventure #19 - BA to Iguassu Falls, 31 Dec 2019

Antarctic Adventure #19 -BA to Iguassu, Falls, 31 Dec 2019

Woke to a beautiful sunny day in Buenos Aires.  Another early morning, we had to have our luggage out of the room by 8:20am, but we elected to leave our bags at the hotel & just take some carry on for our 2 nights in Iguassu Falls.

 As our bus departed the Panomerican Hotel, we saw crowds of people & realized they were all gathering for a big outdoor New Year's Celebration.  Shame to miss that!
 Flew out of the International Airport again, but we made it there easily - no traffic on this holiday morning.

It was an easy 2 hour flight from Buenos Aires, north to Iguassu.  Landing you could see that this is the greenest place in the world!  We landed and had stairs to walk into the airport.  Just as we got inside, the skies opened up & it poured!  But by the time we got our luggage to go to the bus, it had stopped & the sun was back out!

Our local guide, Romera, met us with the bus at the Iguassu Airport.  First thing she taught us was that Iguassu is a native name meaning "Big Water."  It certainly is that!!!  This is our second visit - we were here in 2016 as a pre-trip to the Wilderness Patagonia trip.  As we crossed the bridge of the Iguassu River, which is the border of Brazil & Argentina, she pointed out how the barriers are painted - blue/white on the Argentine side, green/yellow on the Brazil side. 

 We drove straight across the border into Brazil so we could explore that side before dinner tonight.  It's a short trip, only 2 nights here.  Can't waste anytime!  Took a while to get through immigration to leave Argentina & then to pass into Brazil.  We never even had to get out of the bus - Romera did it all for us.  We were grabbing a snack at the Brazilian Iguassu Falls National Park Visitor's center by 4pm!  I immediately got to start my Iguassu bird list with this pretty guy.  Still trying to ID him. 

More later, but wanted to wish everyone Happy New Year!  We are enjoying our 30th Anniversary out on our balcony at Iguassu Falls, Argentina  It's been a beautiful day.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Antarctic Adventure #18 - off the boat & back to Buenos Aires, 30 Dec 2019

Antarctic Adventure #18 - Off the Boat & back to Buenos Aires, 30 Dec 2019

 Can't believe we're back in the real world.  Wow!  This adventure was incredibly special.  Still have a few days left - we spend the last 2 nights at Iguassu Falls.  Today we had a very early morning, up at 4:30am!  The morning at Ushuaia was incredible.  50 degrees & blue skies.  Calm too. 

  Off the boat by 7am & headed to the airport.  Couldn't stop snapping pictures.  What a day in Ushuaia.  Wish we had another couple of days here.

Flew back to Buenos Aires.  

Landed to 85 & rain.  Very rough flight - felt like we were back doing the Drake Shake!  Too funny!  But we were all groggy anyway.

Just here for 1 night, but they gave us another incredible room (almost said cabin!).  On the 11th floor with a view of the Obelisk.  Gonna spend a quiet night & flying to Iguassu tomorrow morning.  Gonna try & get some of the previous blog pictures loaded since I have fast internet here!