’18 Oct: Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina

2 nights in Argentina
1 night in Brazil
1 night in Argentina

I left Paraguay by…

October 7

I left Paraguay by bus this morning for the nine hour transfer to my final destination in Argentina. I had to pass through Brazil which meant four border stops – out of Paraguay, into Brazil, out of Brazil, into Argentina.


The other residents of…

The other residents of this magic three room guest house are a mother and son from the Canary Islands. He’s working in Argentina as a engineer on a big solar project in the desert. We had fun.

The guest house provides a good breakfast here on the patio and a cocktail hour in the evening. Top marks Secret Garden, good job.

These guys are pretty…

These guys are pretty much a menace. At first they’re just odd and a little cute and then they quickly evolve into semi-dangerous semi-wild constant seekers of food from any available source, particularly the visitors.

At first there was one and then there were one hundred.

I asked a guide…

I asked a guide if this was a lot of water and he said it was twice as heavy as usual. It was, like, monumental.

Usually in the heaviest season water runs over the whole course of the falls at 3 million liters per second and now, he said, it is going at 4 million liters per second. I forgot to ask but I’m guessing that’s why the water is brown.

Because of the rain…

Because of the rain and the mist generated by the roiling water, it didn’t really look like this. It was more like trying to see something in a steam room turned to the highest setting. Photoshop’s ‘dehaze’ filter did its best to bring out the detail.

The computer was right…

The computer was right regarding the rain.

I had an umbrella and my raincoat and plastic around around my bag which protected my camera well enough but not my body that ended up soaked to the skin anyway including squishy soggy shoes that now, the next day, are still not dry.

As a matter of fact I haven’t stopped sneezing yet and I’m getting a little worried.

Back at the Secret…

Back at the Secret Garden with the folks from Gran Canaria (“the finest of the Canary Islands”) for our cocktail hour treats, this is Roxy, a sometimes sweet and often ill-tempered dog.

The wifi password there is RoxyRules, and indeed she does.

Wow this was fun….

Wow this was fun. The guy behind the bar is a big contest winner of several years, the best bartender in Brazil according to three different waiters who came up to me while I was watching him teach the bartenders how to make several different drinks.

The were all speaking Portuguese except from time to time the bartender would catch me up in English and then as they were passing around the finished beverage I ended up ‘in the line’ and got to sample them all. It was a full hour for about four drinks and a delightful hour it was.

Here is the view…

Here is the view of the three countries from the map on the first day – Brazil to the right, Argentina to the left, and Paraguay straight ahead.

I’m in a shared taxi with a guy from Spain and another guy from Italy. I’ve been doing a lot of taxi sharing and it’s fun!

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