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Cataratas de Iguazu

This is the reason why words like magnificent were invented... by Kelly-Anne Das isch dr Grund werum Wörter wie herrlich/grossartig erfunde worde sind... zitiert Kelly-Anne

After a mildly spoken awful night in the bus (why do certain people always think they are the only ones in the world AND what they have to tell cannot wait until the next morning??) I arrived pretty tired at the Rodoviaria (main bus station) in Foz do Iguaçu. Now I had to find the right bus to bring me to the Center where I had to take another bus to cross the boarder to Argentina to go to Puerto Iguazu, where my hostel is.
Well, I did find it but how I got on the bus is still a miracle to me. With my whole luggage through those narrow doors... Anyway, at the Brazilian border I had to get off to get my exit stamp, then wait for another bus to take me to the Argentinean border. Luckily I wasn't the only person waiting there and the guy I was waiting with could give me some information about the South of Argentina, which made me wanting to head South immediately. So, after getting the entry stamp for Argentina, the bus took me to the main station in Puerto Iguazu. On the way there I fortunately saw some signs of the hostel I booked a bed in and so I started wandering off as soon as I was out of the bus. What a terrible place - so many people trying to sell you something just because you're a tourist. Well, I just didn't react and almost missed the guy from the hostel who was there to take me to the hostel.
Finally there I was sweating like a pig - it was so hot and humid, I felt very dirty. At least I had the 4bed dorm for me for the morning so I took a long shower (haha, shower without any curtain and in the same room as the toilet and sink - that much about adventure) and got dressed in fresh clothes.
Soon after that I saw a girl having the same guide book I unfortunately sent home. So I asked her if I could have a look at it. When I returned it, we started talking and immediately connected. I was very relieved because it was the first place where I wanted to do things but nobody around that I already knew. So we went for dinner together that night and on the next morning to the Argentinean side of the Falls.
Short after we entered the National Park, we heared thunder rolling and later we could see lightning in the sky. Well, what a wonderful start! Though it didn't start raining until we were savely in one of the restaurants to have lunch. Before that, we walked along one trail to a small waterfall. We saw many huge ants and a few lizards but no snakes, spiders or even mammals.
After this trail, we took the little train to take us to the "Garganta del Diablo" ("The devils throat"). To see this part of the falls, we had to cross the water over a slippery metallic catwalk. Finally at the garganat, we soon were wet like after a shower because of the mist from the water. But what a feeling seeing those masses of water dissappear into a big misty nothing. Just amazing.
Later we took the train back to the stop before the visitors center to start the trails next to the falls. WOW, this was when Kelly-Anne said those words in the sub-heading. And they are true: We both saw the Niagara Falls but those were at least one size bigger! Just amazing and so beautiful! Unfortunately it started to rain harder than it did over lunchtime and as soon as we hit the Isla San Martin in the middle of the falls, we were soaking wet. First we thought we could finish the Lower Walk and maybe even try the Upper one, but no way! So we headed for the train an then for the bus - we just wanted to get home.
Although the weather was bad, we enjoyed the whole day. In the evening we went for dinner to a restaurant the receptionist at the hostel recommended us. After I ate the chorizo and we left, I felt so sick... I still feel kind of sick (5 days later). But they had musicians there who sang and played the guitar and the flute/drums - just the perfect ending for such an amazing day.
The next day Kelly-Anne left to go back to Buenos Aires so I went to see the Brazilian side of the Falls on my own.
Again the whole procedure at the border and then I had no idea where to get off the bus. I heard the driver say something about cataratas but I didn't know if he was talking to someone or just to himself. Now I know that he was talking to me... Anyway - so I drove to the main station in Foz and took a bus from there.
The Brazilian side is smaller, means that there are less trails to walk but the panoramic view of the Falls is just breathtaking! I tried to take a pic with the majority of the walls - forget it! They're just too many! But it was nice to see so many butterflies and birds - even one of those mammals who would grab your food from your hands if you're not careful (no idea how they're called).
That night I went to bed early because the next day in the morning I had to catch a flight to Bariloche.

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Nach enere gelinde gseit grauehafte Nacht (werum händ gwüssi Lüt s'Gfühl, sie sige die einzige im Bus und was sie z'verzelle händ chan nit bis am nächschte Morge warte??) im Bus vo Joinville nach Foz do Iguaçu, bini an der Haupt-Bushaltstell in Foz acho. Sache zämesueche und de richtig Bus is Zentrum finde... Guet, gfunde - im Zentrum de richtig Bus nach Puerto Iguazu finde... au gfunde. Denn an dr Gränze vo Brasilie usstiege, Usreisestämpel in Pass, ufe Bus zur Argentinische Gränze warte. Gottseidank bini nit allei gsii und de Typ wo no gwartet het, het mer chli was über de Süde vo Argentinie chönne verzelle - am liebschte wäri uf dr Stell nach Bariloche oder sunschtwohi gfloge. Jo, denn isch au endlig de Bus cho - an dr Argentinische Gränze usstiege, Stämpel inkl. 3-Monetsvisa (Chribel "3 meses") in Pass und wider in Bus bis zum Busbahnhof. Dört eifach nur so schnäll wie möglich wäg vom Züg, ohni uf alli die Lüt z'achte, wo mer öppis händ welle adreie. Jo, so hätti no fascht de Typ vom Hostel verpasst, wo uf mich gwartet het zum mich zum Hostel begleite.
Endlich dört acho - nassgschwitzt (jesses, die Temperature...) und müed, hani im zu dem Zitpunkt leere 4-Bett-Zimmer e langi Duschi (haha, Duschi ohni Vorhang und im gliiche Ruum wie's WC und s'Brünneli) gnoh und mich suber azoge - was für es Gfühl!!
Gli drufabe hani eini kenneglernt wo de gliich Reisefüehrer het wie ich (nur dass ich ihn dummerwiis scho hei gschickt han) und nachdem ich en ihre nach churzem uslehne wider zrugg geh han, hämmer uns unterhalte und sehr guet verstande. An dem Obe simmer zäme go z'Nacht ässe und am nächschte Morge go die Argentinisch Siite vo de Fäll go aluege.
Chum im Park acho, hämmer Donnergrolle ghört und Bliz durch d'Blätter zucke gseh... Was für en Start! Mir sind trotzdem losgloffe und z'erscht zumene chline Wasserfall cho. Ufem Wäg dört hi hämmer e huffe riesigi Ameise gseh und es paar Eidächse - aber keini Schlange, Spinne oder Raub-/Sügetier.
Wider zrugg hämmer s'Zügli zur "Garganta del Diablo" ("Rache (Hals) vom Tüfel") gnoh. An dem Teil vo de Fäll acho het's uns fascht d'Sproch verschlage. So iidrücklich! Die Wassermasse wo eifach is praktisch bodelose falle - denn d'Oberflächi vom Fluss und het me wege dem ganze Näbel nit gseh - gigantisch! Jedefalls simmer nachethär sehr erfrüscht gsii... Also Dusche bevor me dört ane goht isch absolut überflüssig, wenn nit sogar dumm!
Zrugg bim Zügli simmer bis zur Station vor em Bsuecherzentrum gfahre und händ dört mitem untere Wanderwäg agfange. Wow, die Wasserfäll sind eifach traumhaft schön! Als mer nöcher zu de Fäll gloffe sind, het d'Kelly-Anne die Wort im Sub-heading güsseret, und sie het absolut rächt. Me chan de Ablick chum in Wort fasse! Chum simmer uf dr Isla San Martin, dr Insle zwüsche de Fäll, acho, het's agfange schütte - schlimmer als während mer z'Mittag gässe händ (im Schärme) und gli drufabe simmer pflotschnass gsii. Schueh, Hose, Rägejacke, alles! Nach churzem Abwäge hämmer beschlosse, dass es gschiter isch, diräkt hei z'goh und kei Wäg me uszprobiere.
Z'Obe simmer ines vom Receptionischt empfohlenigs Restaurant gange mit Live-Musig - super, dr perfekt Abschluss! Leider fühli mi sitem Ässe dört (dr Chorizo isch's gsii, ganz sicher) nümm so ganz wohl...
Am nächschte Tag isch d'Kelly-Anne abgreist und ich bin allei die Brasilianisch Siite go erkunde. Sie isch chliner, aber s'Panorama wo me vo dört us uf die ganze Fäll het - meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeega! Ich han versuecht es Föteli vo de meischte Fäll uf's Mol z'mache - kei Chance! Drfür hani villi Schmetterling, Vögel und sogar es Sügetier gseh, eis vo dene, wo der s'Ässe us dr Hand chlaue, wenn de nit vorsichtig bisch - kei Ahnig, wie sie heisse.
An dem Obe bini früeh go schlofe, denn am andere Morge isch's uf nach Bariloche gange - und ich han kei Bock gha, de Flug z'verpasse!

Posted by moonflower 13:41 Archived in Argentina

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