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// SEPTEMBER 2015
Go, on va,
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
Punta del Este
Montevideo
Colonia Del Sacramento
Buenos Aires
Istanbul
Thessaloniki
Hobbiton
Potaka
Taupo
Waitomo Caves
Matavera
Arorangi
Vai'are
Ma'atea
Ha'apiti
Papetō'ai
Maha'ena
Tautira
Taravao
Papeari
Puna'auia
Chiloe Island
São Miguel do Oeste
Chuy

Puerto Iguasu


30th of September
When the dream becomes reality!!!

A magic day dawned! That was the day we would see the Iguasu waterfalls. Impatient and in a hurry, so as to start early and reach there, we took breakfast and then visited the ruins of the  Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis, which is one of the monuments of universal heritage, under UNESCO’S protection.

We started from Santa Anna’s ruins. We also visited the San Ignacio Mini ruins. We saw the three big entrance gates at the frontage, and also the main temple with the many embossed patterns, right into the tropical jungle. 



We continued towards Puerto Iguasu, passing through a wonderful course.

Either because of the longing of what we knew that would follow, or because of the fulfillment of a desire, which, after having met with many obstacles, would eventually become true, the main feeling that we were experiencing was joy. A joy which was over floating from inside, was prettifying everything and was motivating us to reach as soon as possible our hotel, the Iguasu Jungle Lodge, so as to take the proper information.

Next, we went to make exchange (since the entrance ticket at the national park could be only paid cash and we did not have any) as soon as possible and, eventually, ready, we started towards the national park of the Iguasu Falls, at the Argentinean side.


Unbelievable fight…in any language I could use...

As soon as we arrived at the  visitor centre, everything started moving as in slow motion, as if they were punishing us somehow for our previous rush…

That’s how all the “nice” things begun then.
The labels were hidden, or written only in Spanish...Almost all the people working in the park were not speaking English and, more over, they were upsetting us, since they were leading us to do things in a way we could not understand.
Meanwhile, it was already 14:30 and the last entrance to the park was at 15:00.

And, of course, it doesn’t take much for me to go mad, so don’t push me too hard!

Especially, since we had decided not to go to Paraguay, so as to have the time to visit both sides of the falls.Of course, to this particular decision of ours, contributed also the information we had, that it is pretty dangerous to drive around Paraguay by car.
I went to take our tickets, leaving Christos to try dealing with the guard at the parking, who was insisting stubbornly that we had to pay for the parking too, along with the tickets, or something like that.

More over, at the ticket spot the…woman was not speaking any English.
And she was trying to send me somewhere else.
And the time was passing by.
And I would not do them the favor to loose my bloody day!!!

I made such a fuss about the whole mess, that eventually, as in a magic way, the woman not only understood me perfectly, but she also gave me my tickets and managed to find the necessary paper for the parking too!
And, at the end, like, almost, any time that I loose my temper, everything was eventually put in perfect order and things started flowing normally.


We were totally shuddered of awe!!!

Following the rest of the guests in the park, we reached the dock, from where we would take the little train (rainforest train)

First, we would go to the Devil’s Throat. We would cover a course of 3.700m. by the little train (with a stop for a walk at the signposted area, till the falls), then we would reach the point from where we would walk the superior course, which who had chosen to cross, and then, again by the train, we would return back to the reception point and to the parking, by six o’clock in the afternoon, when the park closes.

We reached the station from where we would go to the Garganta del Diablo.

We got off along with many other visitors and then started our walking on the signposted area, (which had length of 1100m approximately). Crossing bridges, mainly, which were connecting little islands, we eventually reached the platform, from where can be seen the point that the waters of the river are pouring into the abyss, from 80m height. It is a gigantic crucible, which seems to shallow the whole planet.



We arrived and what we saw was incredibly sensational!
We were totally shuddered of awe and I am not sure if it was because of the extremely thin veil of the water which was falling upon us or of the awesomeness we were experiencing. We didn’t know what to do first. Should we treasure this magnificent experience with photos or with videos?
So…we decided to take both photos and videos!!!
The 272 falls, which extend at a length of 2.700m_ with some of them reaching a height of 80m and even more _, are located right in the heart of the forest.
Certainly, it is not accidental that they are under the protection of  Unesco


We did not know what to admire first!!!

We returned to the station and took again the little train. This time, we got off to the intermediate stop (Rainforest Train Cataratas Station), from where we started walking on the  superior course, which is of 1750m length.

We were seeing, continuously, beneath us the platforms, on which the ones that had chosen the inferior course were walking. We could see new spots around us, new falls, or even the same ones, but seen from a different angle now, from another point and by all means we did not know what to admire first.



We made an attempt to go down to the second course too and played with the raccoons, which are all over the areas around the falls. After some second and more mature thoughts, we decided to go back, before exhausting ourselves, for the next day we had arranged to go to the Brazilian side of the falls too.

We returned to our hotel, with its beautiful veranda over the small river, literally into the jungle, and enjoyed an amazing sunset into the beauty of the nature which was surrounding us…          

 



 

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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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