Today was our second and last full day at Iguazu, and sadly the last day of “fun” on our trip. After this it is pretty much all plane travel, airports, and the odd airport hotel. So we needed to fill in the rest of what Iguazu had to offer.
We had one of the Iguazu “must dos” booked for today. One in which we were destined to come back drenched.
It all started at about 10am, where we met our guides for a half hour drive through the nearby jungle. Sadly we didn’t really get to see much of anything. It was good to see the surrounding jungle, but alas no animals or birds were out, so the local Tucans were going to avoid us this trip it seemed.
We then arrived at waters edge, where we all got into a speed boat for a cruise up the Igauzu river. Well, cruise is not quite it, rather a cruise with moments of burning through rapids and getting a bit wet. But this was really just a taster for the main course.
After about 20 minutes we arrived at the foot of a number of the huge waterfalls that make up Iguazu. Down below the noise was deafening, and the sight was incredible… looking upward at the waterfalls that we peered down just the day before.
It was then that our guide warned us that everything, and he repeated EVERYTHING, had to go into the numerous dry bags that the tour group supplied. So we dutifully listened, popping everything away except for out totally waterproof camera and GoPro. When everyone was done, the real fun started…
Our driver directed us at one of the key waterfalls and in no time at all we were pretty wet. We had gone right to the edge of one of the main waterfalls and felt the brunt of it. But our driver was not happy with that. Rather we did a quick lap and went back for seconds. This time we seemed to venture in a bit more and then we were SOAKED. Getting wet was an understatement… we were both drenched. Awesome!
This wasn’t the end of it though. We went back around to some waterfalls we had seen earlier and got given a closer look at those. And by closer look, I mean getting even wetter, if that was possible. We did a couple of goes into there, and before we knew it we were all done. The boat was full of water and everyone was a mess. But we all loved it.
We clambered out and started making our way up the path. This was a great spot, as unlike the day before, the trail had us at the foot of the waterfalls, so it made for quite different vantage points and pics. We slowly made our way up, leaving soggy footprints all the way.
It was about 1pm when we were done, and we decided to take advantage of the fact we had a hotel at our disposal. Getting dry was a priority.
Given we had been on all the trails in the park, and our time away was winding up, we decided to take it easy during the afternoon, soaking up the humidity and heat next to the hotel pool. Ahhh… that felt good. The hotel iguana was just kicking back too.
Later in the afternoon, I decided to go for one last quick wander, up to the main entrance of the park. We had bypassed this when we came in, so I went to check out the gift shop and it was pretty mediocre. Not that I was after anything really, but unless I wanted a t-shirt or dodgy handicraft, it was not worth the walk.
Kate and I enjoyed a last dinner staring out at the falls from the hotel bar balcony. All good things come to an end.