On the 20th of March I ride about 200 miles from Posadas, north to Iguaçu Falls. Puerto Iguaçu is within a few miles of where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. The three countries are separated by two rivers, the Rio Parana which runs north/south and the Rio Iguaçu which empties into the Parana from the East.
On the 21st of March Sandy departed Los Angeles. Sandy leaves Los Angeles at 2:30 pm on Wednesday and arrives at 3:20 pm the next day (over 24 hours).
On the 22nd of March, Sandy is to arrive at 3:20 pm. It was tempting to get to the airport early, so I force myself to chat with strangers at the hotel to burn time. I get to the airport 1 hour early and the flight has no scheduled arrival time. There have been Radar issues in Argentina during the last few weeks. There was no way to even check to see if the last leg of her flight had taken off (from Buenos Aires to Iguaçu).
Very frustrating! BUT... the flight finally arrives 2 hours late.
How nice it is, to be able to share the experiences again.....
On the 23rd, we head to the Argentina side of Iguaçu Falls. The Falls are on the Rio Iguaçu, which separates Argentina and Brazil. So, to see the Iguaçu Falls completely, you have to spend a day or 2 in Argentina. At least another day in Brazil and one more day on the river itself.
After walking a couple kilometers, you then walk over a kilometer on an elevated walkway out to the Devil's Throat, which is the most massive of all the Iguaçu Falls. In 1992 there was a massive flood which washed out most of the walkways (see debris in picture below).
Wildlife, observed from the elevated walkway, only a few hundred yards from the falls.
On the 24th of March, we visit the Brazilian side of the falls.
Many people have told us "Don't miss Iguaçu Falls"!
We now understand why the falls are "Not to be missed".
It is a definite "Do before you die" trip.
The signs on the Brazilian side of the river remind Sandy and I that our travels in Spanish language countries is nearly over....................
From the Brazilian side, the views are panoramic in some places.
It is Hot and very Humid ........
After seeing the Brazilian side of the Falls, we stop for our first meal in Brazil, prior to heading to Itaipu Dam, which puts out more power than any other dam in the world!
This is the Itaipu Dam. It is now the second largest dam in the world, but generates more electricity then any other dam (14,000,000 mega watts). When it was built, the lake behind the dam filled in only 14 days!
The white tubes, which feed the power turbines, are 30 feet in diameter! The dam was built on the Parana River. Although this is a different river than the river the Iguaçu falls are located on, only 2 of these pipes could supply enough water to supply the average volume of water which goes over the Iguaçu Falls!
Everything is big on the Itaipu Dam.
This Dam supplies 25% of Brazil's electricity.
It also provides most of Paraguay's power requirements.
The 25th of March was a kickback rest day. Lunch in Puerto Iguaçu.
It is obvious, by the bugs on the motorcycle, that we are now in a tropical climate.
Well, we have visited the Argentine and Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls. Today (the 26th of March) is our day to see the falls from the river. This is our little "Villa" where we stayed for 5 nights.
The trip up the river begins with a ride through the jungle, with many stops describing various things about the environment, the plants, the birds and animals.
This looks pretty timid....
And then you arrive at the base of the falls.
This was a lot of fun..............
This picture was taken two seconds before they took us directly under the water fall.
Fun...... and very wet!
I thought the last small water fall was fun, then they head for this large fall.
In the picture below, you can see a boat coming out from under the water fall.
It is time to continue our trip. This is our last view of one small section of Iguaçu Falls.
I sure hate to leave, but I have been here for a week, and I feel the moss begin to grow under my feet!
That is it, through the 26th of March, 2007.
If only ONE person see's these pictures of Iguaçu Falls and then decides to makes the trip, I will be pleased.
It is a "Do before you die" trip.
For "Argentina 18" hit the "Back Button"..... For "Brazil 1" hit the "Next Button".....