Admittedly, I was not that keen to drive two days across the country – and two days back – to see the Iguacu waterfalls. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel but I wouldn’t have mind spending a few days on the beach not doing anything.
Bad weather and the kind insistence of my fellow traveller closed the deal. Sunshine, beautiful landscapes and unasphalted rural roads which are really fun to drive were the much appreciated results.
After spending New Year’s Eve on a lake admiring the Milky Way which seemed close enough to touch*, we arrived at Foz do Iguacu the next day. Starting the year with seeing – and almost touching – Toucans can only be a good sign.
The same evening, we crossed the Argentinian border where we missed the one hour change to a different time zone in our favour and were really early the next day on the way to the Foz do Iguacu park. The park itself is very well organised with a train carrying visitors to four different walks giving a complementary view on the falls. We saw a few animals like wild toucans, an armarillo and even a monkey but the most spectacular sight – the falls itself – beats everything.
It’s the way, the water rushes over the cliffs and bursts into a mist of water reaching high up in the sky. It’s the noise created by the tons of water falling down; the freshness of the air and the realisation that this never stops.
Even though it was dry season and the falls far from being full, they are very impressive. Plus, it is relaxing to walk through the green jungle around them, to have a swim in the Iguacu and to drop on the bed exhausted after a full day of discoveries.