As one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the Iguazu Falls had a lot to live up to when we visited them on the Argentinian side with our friends Jen and LaMont. They did not disappoint.
Even through the lens of a off-and-on dreary day, the powerful falls were breathtaking.
But first, that crossing of the border from Paraguay into Argentina. When our bus stopped at an official building and everyone got out and filed through the line to stamp into Argentina, we did too. After boarding the bus again and driving away Isaiah commented how odd it was to receive the “entering Argentina” stamp before the “leaving Paraguay” one.
But soon enough the magnificent falls had our full attention. The grounds are lush with many walking paths clearly marked with spectacular lookouts along the way.
The thing about these falls is that, yes, they are huge and powerful, but there are also so many. Two huge sections of them and then countless smaller ones pouring out at every turn in a delightful surprise.
The other surprise was the animals. LaMont described it as a zoo without fences. The koaties were hanging out all over (especially around the food courts) but we obeyed the graphic signs warning us not to feed them.
I expected impressive waterfalls, but the addition of butterflies fluttering gracefully in clusters and landing softly on us was like a decadent dessert after an already tasty meal.
And besides on my childhood cereal boxes, have I ever seen vibrant toucans hanging out in the trees above me?
And birds, monkeys and…snakes?.
Jen and LaMont chose the extra adventure of taking a boat ride right up nose to nose with the falls. Although they were prepared with all the rain gear we had with us…
…they still returned, like Adam Sandler in Billy Madison, a bit wet.
Wet, but happy. (Do I need to add this soaking was from the grand mist, not from Jen and LaMont losing their nerve during the ride? Yes, you probably already knew that.)
And I can`t leave out the rainbows. Yes, even some double ones. With a blog name like ours, you can bet we were thrilled.
After a satisfying day spent with jaws dropped at what nature can do, we took in the sunset just outside the park as we sipped warm drinks and awaited our taxi.
So why all the talk about the border crossing stamps at the beginning of this post? Well, our adventures get a bit rocky as we try navigating our way back into the country we never officially left. More details to come.