Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Postcard from Iguazu

I've gone for the Spanish spelling of Iguazu Falls because, even though I was on holiday in Portuguese-speaking Brazil, I took this photo on the Argentinian side of the river. The actual border crossing is on a far less exciting concrete bridge some way downstream of the Falls and involves officials, bureaucracy and queues. On the river, nature sweeps all that aside and just says, 'I'm coming though'.

When you stand at the end of the walkway to the edge of the largest of the falls you can't be anything but impressed. The noise is overwhelming, the drop alarming and, even though you're experiencing only the tiny fraction of water which rises as spray, you're drenched. There isn't really any need for the health and safety signs which, thanks to the Brazilians employing a comedy translator, read 'Do not overtake the bannisters'.

The language doesn't matter. You only need one word: wow.


Lexi said...

Are those little black figures on ropes people?

This sounds an adventurous holiday.

postcardsfromk said...

Err, no. There were boats taking folk right up to the falls, but everyone was safely strapped in!

Further 'postcards' to follow...

Timberati said...

I envy you. Both times I've been to Brasil I have yearned to see Iguacu Falls. From the literature I could find on visiting the falls it looked like the town of Iguacu was no where close to the falls.

How did you find everyone's English skills? (The Brasilians generally don't like to be spoken to in Spanish, but on the border that might be less of an issue?)

postcardsfromk said...

Hi Norm
I'm afraid you've been misled. Foz do Iguacu (where you fly to) is pretty near the Falls - took us about half an hour on a bus from town. Clever folk were leaving their bags at the airport and taking the bus straight to the park before returning to collect bags and then check in as the airport is between the town and the Falls. Puerto do Iguassu (the town on the Argentinian side) seemed even closer.

Spanish was more widely spoken in Foz than English was; they obviously get a lot of Argentinian visitors. We managed fine with very basic Portuguese and Spanish though and found travelling between the countries easy enough. I believe US citizens need to get visas for both countries, but then, if you will ask everyone to get visas to visit the US you can't complain when they do the same in return!

Sorry, short answer: you must go!

Timberati said...

Sim, claro.

But I have been to Buzios.



It was wonderful.