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!