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I always wanted to see Iguašu Falls since I have seen Niagara Falls in Canada and Victoria Falls in Zambia and the trip to Rio and Buenos Arises was a good way to achieve this desire!

We will fly from Rio to the falls and stay for two nights at the Foz do Iguašu hotel close to the falls and we hope to see the falls from both sides, Brazil and the Argentina side.

History:

The park was created in 1934 and it contains one of the greatest natural beauties of Argentina, the Iguazu Falls, surrounded by the subtropical jungle.

Across the Iguazu River lies its Brazilian counterpart (Iguašu National Park). Both sites were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, in 1984 and 1986.

The area of the park was inhabited 10,000 years ago by the hunter-gatherers of the Eldoradense culture. They were displaced around 1,000 CE by the GuaranÝ, who brought new agricultural technologies, and were displaced in turn by the Spanish and Portuguese conquistadores in the 16th century, though their legacy is still alive in this area (the name of the park and the river is GuaranÝ y guasu, "large water").

The first European to visit the zone was ┴lvar N˙˝ez Cabeza de Vaca, in 1542; Jesuit missions followed in 1609.

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November 02, 2009

Today we have a flight to Iguašu Falls and transfer to Hotel Rafain Centro. 

But before that our guide Wilson suggested we visit the Brazil side first.  We spent a few hours touring the Brazil side and then we went to the hotel, it was up graded due to one of the tour group men, Jerry, complaining and we were upgraded by the tour company. 

It was a good thing we toured the Brazil side or the next day would have killed us as we had to hike over five miles and also wanted to take the raft ride into the rapids and into the falls them selves!

November 03, 2009

We took a small train to the siding we wanted to get off of and we did two walks in the morning on the Argentina side.

Then we took a kind of giant jeep down to the river and did a river run and at the end, ran under the falls as people screamed and laughed.

Next we had a great lunch and beer before we took off again.

Then we did a mile walk into the river to see the massive Devil's Gorge, then a mile back with the temperature at about 45 C or over 110 F!

We were so tired most of us stayed at the hotel and swam and drank and gossiped and had dinner there, a great evening after a great day!



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  Charles Walter Buntjer


San Francisco California
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