Sweating, swimming, sunshine and smiling…. boat ride, photography, jungle and waterfalls to end all waterfalls!
WOW I am still on a high…perhaps from the inconceivable amounts of water, or maybe it’s the rush of ticking off another Journey List item, OR it’s quite possibly as simple as being back out on the journey solo for the first time in over a month! My mind is racing and my camera still burning up from taking so many photos!
I began my special day with an 8km (return) walk through the jungle, passed monkeys, bizarre lizards and coaties (similar to a racoon but local to the region) to a tiny posa (swimming hole) beneath a streaming waterfall! Not a bad start to the experience that is the Iguazu Falls I have to say! The best part, this track is practically deserted! Honestly, people are either too lazy to squeeze in an extra 8kms or just too keen to get up to the big guns, that they passed it up, leaving the trail and the swimming hole pretty much just for me!!
Then it was time to get serious and I went straight for Circuito Inferior (lower circuit) to soak up The 2 Brothers and what I thought were the most beautiful views…Ooo and got all set for my jet boat into the falls! This path wasn’t exactly empty for me, but nothing could steal my peace in this beautiful place!
I quickly stripped down to my bikini, slipped into a life vest and took on the thunder of the cataratas! It was all “manos arriba” as we sped into the rushing falls’; screams, cheers and smiles all around! The water was fresh, pure and delicious and the perfect cool down I needed in the middle of a 40 degree day!
Next I went for the Circuito Superior (Upper Circuit) with its stunning views atop of Salto Bernabe Mendez that just drenched me! It was just incredible to watch as the peaceful Rio Iguazu dropped off into a thunderous crash below!
And finally I hopped on the convenient train up to the real draw card, the star of the Iguazu show; Garganto del diablo (The Devil’s Throat!) I loved the feeling of walking just over 1km surrounded by brightly coloured mariposas butterflies, as the suspense built inside, my stride quickening as I began to hear the rushing water…And then I saw it!
Wow! It truly is one of those indescribable experiences! I had heard so many people before stunned at the shear amount of water… but honestly, it is something you can’t fathom until you experience it yourself!
There is something about waterfalls that always seem to light a little fire inside of me (ironic I know) but this is entirely another level! The seemingly endless water crashing down, forcing up a spray with an oddly peaceful mist, and that idyllic rainbow melting its vibrant colours, the cherry on top!
Yes, I knew this moment would be special, but it’s just not possible to even create expectations… they WILL be exceeded! This Journey List Item more than ticked off!
So as I sit here sipping a crisp Fernet y Coca, wading through the memorable photos, I can’t help but to be overwhelmed with gratitude; gratitude for the experiences of today and this amazing journey to date, gratitude for where I am in this moment and gratitude for the opportunities that lay ahead. A beautiful ending to my time in Argentina!
Have you had the opportunity to experience Iguazu Falls? If not I sure hope after this post you feel like you’ve had a taste, and perhaps are inspired to add it to your Journey List!!
Just a side note, I wrote this immediately after I returned from the falls and somehow NEVER POSTED IT! I have left the writing as is from the big day!
Sending Fernet smiles tonight!