Leaving our hotel in Paraguay at 2:00 am wasn’t super fun but we arrived at the immigration office just five hours later. While we waited for our boat over to Iguazu Falls, Argentina we stared at the beautiful river from shore. The sunrise and the morning mist were truly magical. This is where Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil all join together.
When our ferry arrived we all hopped on very excited to see some of the largest waterfalls in the world. Tomorrow we would go to the park, but first we had to get our Brazilian visas. We left the consulate office with our passports stamped, explored the town and found a tourist office. After hearing about all the activities we decided that The Great Adventure boat ride was by far the best even though we were told “YOU WILL GET SOAKED”. The next morning we suited up, put on our life jackets and boarded the 9:00 o’clock boat. We traveled down the river for a while, as we got close to the falls our jaws all dropped in awe.
The falls were thundering. We drove up to one and rode right underneath. It was CRAZY. We then road through some rocks and stopped in front of one of the most powerful waterfalls I have ever seen. The Captain kicked the accelerator and we drove right into the middle of the drenching water. I was soaked but laughing hysterically. We then proceeded to go into six more waterfalls, it was awesome! I couldn’t believe how much fun it was.
After The Great Adventure we explored the falls on foot. There were cool trails throughout the park. On our way to Devil’s Throat, the biggest waterfall, we saw the most vibrant butterflies and a Cayman (a little crocodile.) When we first saw Devil’s Throat it was breathtaking and it also made me sick to my stomach watching all the water go down and down. I had never seen so much water in all my life. After our long but extremely awesome day we decided we would go home and go to bed early so we could get up and go back to the park again right when it opened.
The next morning we went straight to the park but instead of starting with waterfalls we went to the environmental museum. We learned about the local people, the animals, and deforestation. Here’s a scary statistic. The Paranaenes Rain Forest (in Argentina and Brazil) used to be 1,000,000 sq. kms in size but now it is only 60,000 sq. kms mainly in small patches. Almost 94 percent of this gorgeous and precious rainforest has been destroyed by man. We need to help stop this. With help from everyone we can make a change. Have you done your part?