Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Iguazu Falls and Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

From Puerto Iguazu, Argentina I traveled a short distance to Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.
There was an immigration and customs checkpoint that I passed through with no problems. I dropped my things off at a hostel and rode to the park on the Brazilian side.
I signed up for a tour of the park which included a ride in a tram and boat.
The guide took our group through a number of trails and pointed out unique characteristics of the flora and fauna.
But the real adventure began once we put on these life preservers.
We boarded a zodiac boat and headed down the Parana River.
It started out as a pretty calm ride down the river.
But we also passed through some rapids.
We were able to pass nearby the falls on the Argentinian side.
And passed by this complete rainbow.
And then we approached the falls up close and personal on the Brazilian side.
Here is a short 1 minute video about riding the zodiac boat through Iguazu Falls. We actually passed under the falls 3 or 4 times.
After the tour I hopped on a bus to visit another part of the falls.
I got off the bus and started walking along a trail.
I could see the falls in the distance.
As I got closer I caught a better view.
And then from this vantage point I could see almost the entirety of the falls on the Argentinian side.
I walked some more and caught glimpses of various falls on the Brazilian side.
I liked this image with the mist rising off the falls.
A different vantage point allowed me to look down the river.
At this location I was practically standing on top of the falls.
Another day... another sunset... over Iguazu Falls.
Iguazu Falls... one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

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