Back on the road – we really didn't want to leave the lodge, but we have to keep moving. We're heading for Iguacu Falls – another fairly long trip. We stop over at San Ignacio Mini. This is one of the most famous missions established by the Jesuits around 400 years ago. During the 1700's it had around 3000 inhabitants. It was destroyed following the 'Suppression of the Jesuits' and lay in that state until 'rediscovered' around 1900.
Some restoration work was done during the 1940's and it was declared a 'World Heritage Site' by UNESCO in 1984. I've added a few photos of the ruins.
And so, onto one of the highlights of the tour – A visit to Iguacu (or Iguassu or Iguazu) Falls.
Iguacu Falls are along the course of the Iguacu River. They are simply breathtaking! We visited both sides over two days. First day was from the Argentinian side. It's a falls of 'two halves', so to speak. From the Argentina side we get close to all of the many separate falls that make this unique. The Brasillian side is better for seeing the overall sheer scale of the falls.
There are some 275 separate falls over a length of over one and a half miles (or nearly 3km) with a drop of 60-70 metres. Words can't describe how magnificent they are – the noise alone is incredible, never mind the sheer size. I'll let the pictures do the talking.
On that subject - words can't describe how mad Woz was to be talked into going on a boat ride through the falls! It's only through the spray, they said. You'll get a bit wet though.
Jeez, a bit wet? Imagine around 100 fire-mens hoses spraying freezing cold water at high pressure. It literally takes yr breath away – I thought I was gonna have a heart attack! That ain't how I want to go. Not in a boat!
No time to dry out – I'm just so wet. We head over the border into Brasil and the small town of Foz do Iguacu. We're booked into a buffet dinner and Latino show for the evening. By now, it's a laugh a minute with the group. It's an all-u-can-eat buffet, absolutely every kind of meat imaginable, plenty of wine and a cheesy but quite good stage show representing music and dance of all the South American countries.
They wouldn't let me dance though – probably knew I'd show 'em up at Tango and Samba.
November 3, 2008
Thought we'd lost you. Great to read your posts again. I completed my bike ride from Lands End to John O' Groats. It was wonderful albeit not as exotic as your trip. The falls are magnificent. How's your swimming going - any opportunity for practice ?