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// SEPTEMBER 2015
Go, on va,
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São Miguel do Oeste
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Foz do Iguasu

1st of October 2015

War with the raccoons at the Brazilian side…

I can not spend time talking about futilities, not when I have to talk about the national park of the Iguasu Falls at the Brazilian side.

I will just mention briefly that we crossed the borders, found our hotel and went straight to the visitor centre of the national park.

Everything was properly organized and signposted, with very good and clear instructions, making quite obvious, right from the start, the weak organization of the Argentinean side.

If even you wanted to loose yourself and get mixed up, it was an impossible task. We bought our tickets, took information as far as the course which we would follow (since some paths are only one way), along with further information as far as the activity that we wanted to have. Next, we got on the bus which would take us to the platforms, from where we would see the falls. We chose to start from the most distant spot and to reach, on foot, the most impressive part of the whole Brazilian side.

The more nearer we were getting, the more the noise was increasing and the more we were folded by the humidity and the thin veil of the water which was coming from the falls, the more our impatience was growing, since we wanted to find ourselves at “the eye of the cyclone”, to walk under the “rain of the fall”, to do and see it all, really.


We reached the point where everyone was wearing their nylon ponchos. Some others were taking off their clothes, staying only with their swimming costumes on, while they were putting into special protecting cases their mobile phones.

We put our nylon ponchos too, took out our waterproof camera and started walking to the platform which was leading sideways and into the falls, watching the sun playing with droplets of the rain, creating a real kaleidoscope of incredible patterns and pictures, while magical rainbows were making their appearance, in every possible position…

I am not sure how long we stayed there, under the curtain of the fall’s rain wetting us right through!!!



When we eventually reached by the lift at the level of the visitor center, we had to argue for a chair and a refreshment with the raccoons, which, very provocatively, were claiming a protagonist role to everything, until came the time for us to leave for the Macuco Safari.


We all started…mumbling…

With an electric powered car we covered a course into the forest, so as to reach the river.
All our co-travelers were Argentineans and Brazilian. 
We learnt quite a few things about the environmental pollution and the orchids, before starting our walking into the forest, which brought us near a fall and near birds and luscious trees.
I will never forget the friendly attack that we received by the numerous, colorful butterflies, which were resting into our hands.
When we reached the company’s facilities by the river, we took off and secured into a locker anything fragile to the water and wearing lifejackets we boarded the speed craft, which would bring us near the fall.



At the beginning everything went smoothly. We had a stop, so as to take some photos (individually and with the group). But what followed next and lasted until the end of the trip was the definition of…irregularity.

They led us under a fall, where the waters were splashing in great force and left us there to be relentlessly bitten by the water to the point of regretting it all. And as if that was not enough, they ignored us until we started all mumbling…

At that point, they decided that was time to take us out of…the purgatory and returned so as to take us back.

Wet to the bone and stumbling, we all went to the locker rooms, changed clothes, combed our hair, sorted a bit our appearance and looking more civilized, we took the bus, returned to the parking and then to our hotel, the  Mabu Thermas Grand Resort.

As it was still early in the afternoon, we rested by the pool, continuing peacefully our holidays.












 

 

 

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Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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