Las Cataracas del Iguazú

Hola a todos! I have a fun post for everyone and can’t wait to share my weekend exploring the amazing waterfalls of Iguazú! If you want to know more details…here you go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iguaz%C3%BA_Falls

Ok, so last Friday morning, we got up very early to get to the Buenos Aires airport. We met our CEA group at the terminal, and our favorite leader, Nahuel, gave us our tickets and herded us through security and to the plane. I love CEA trips because everything is organized and arranged…and sometimes that is a lot nicer than having to worry about where to go and what to do. So, this weekend, we were the sheep that simply had to follow the leader. It was a short plane ride, not quite two hours, and once we landed we were directly transported to our hotels to get settled…but not for too long! Because that afternoon, we went to a little village where the indigenous people, the Guaraní, live. We had an adorable guide show us a typical home for one Guaraní to live and also their amazing traps they have created to capture deer and boar.

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After a day of hiking through the woods and learning about the Guaraní lifestyle and being serenaded by a group of women and children, we went back to the hotel to relax before dinner. I have to say, that staying in the hotel was Amazing. I roomed with Tajel and we both got our OWN queen size bed! Both of us looked in the bathroom and noticed that the bathroom was about the size of our room in Buenos Aires. It was Definitely a treat to stay in.

The program came with dinners, so that night we got an awesome buffet dinner with Lots and Lots of veggies! We have been missing vegetables in our diet quite a bit…so we got a little crazy. But it was Oh so yummy!!

The next day: Again, we had an early morning because we were off to the actual waterfalls of Iguazú…which in the native language literally means “Big Waters.” We hiked through the jungle, took a little train ride to different hiking trails, and saw the most BEAUTIFUL sites I have ever seen in my life. This is nature’s TRUE beauty. These falls were actually announced as a part of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World. Twisting pathways, bridges across miles of water, and climbing hills that overlook the entire falls…it was unbelievable. There are also 700 different species of butterflies there…which were quite friendly. Pictures cannot do it justice, but here are a few that will take your breath away.

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At the end of the day, our whole group decided to do a little something special…we went on a boat that went Into the falls…or as close as we could safely get.

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By the end of it, we were absolutely SOAKED. But it was SO fun and definitely worth it. We actually got to go Into a waterfall! And we had rainbows following us the whole way. It really felt like a dream, it was so amazing. Afterwards though, we were completely exhausted. We all looked a little sad in our dripping clothes, dirty hair, and no energy faces. We walked back to the bus, stopped at one more place where we could see Paraguay and Brasil across the river and then went straight back to the hotel. We showered, napped, ate dinner, watched “Clueless,” and went back to bed. I don’t think I could’ve handled anything more than that. But what a memorable day!

The next day was also a fun, but much more relaxed day. We had to get up early Again…but then took a two hour bus ride to this small ranch in the middle of the forest. We rode horses, took wagon rides, went fishing, or for some people, simply sat by the pool all day. We were also fed an Amazing asado lunch, which is basically Lots of grilled meat. SO yummy!

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After our afternoon on the ranch, we went back to the airport and flew back to our home in Buenos Aires. This weekend was a GREAT break from the city. We have been so accustomed to the rush and bustle of the city, that to be in nature for a few days was Wonderful. It was so peaceful out there and it truly was one of the most beautiful places in the world. A fairytale land. We got to see a new part of this amazing country I am falling in love with. Flying back into the city was also special, because it felt a little like coming home. I know I’ve only been here for 3 months, but Buenos Aires will always have a special place in my heart. I am such a lucky girl! Chau for now!

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4 thoughts on “Las Cataracas del Iguazú

  1. Fantastic! Another adventure. For most of us town and country are part of life. Both have their allures. Thanks for sharing. Grandma Karen

  2. Wow! And yet, another wonderful adventure we get to share with you. What a delight my love! Have you ever been on a horse before? I don’t recall… Oh, the Place’s You’ll Go – “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” Dr. Seuss wisdom… I love you, Mom

  3. Yeehaw! Ride ’em, pardner! And sittin’ pretty, too.
    What a delightful collection of different images: jungles, mountains, waterfalls, & ranches. Plus to be surrounded by rainbows along the way. Fantastic…
    I never imagined how many wonderful adventures would be part of your experience abroad. We were told you’d come back a changed woman. I think it’s already come true…I can see it in your face now. And to have chronicled all this here in your blog leaves a future trail we can always look back on with extremely fond, proud memories.
    Living large & into the dream. You’re awesome, my dearest! — Dad

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