Brazil spring break – part 4a

Wednesday, March 22 we headed out early to IguaƧu falls.

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Grandma wanted to take a boat tour on the river below the falls so we stopped there first.

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The tour included an informational ride through the jungle.

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As well as a hike which took us past a small waterfall. The water in the river was full of manganese, giving it a milky appearance.

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Once we arrived at the river we took a tram down to the water.

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The employees kept telling us to enjoy our shower and that should have tipped us off that we should ask to ride in the dry boat, instead we just laughed and told them that we wanted the wet boat.

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We headed up the river to a beautiful little alcove on the Argentina side, where we took photos.

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Here is a view of the alcove from up above. You can see the little boat, like the one we rode.

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After that, we headed a little further up the river where they proceeded to dunk us, repeatedly, under this waterfall.

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Here is a photo from above of the waterfall where we were dunked. It looks so small compared to the rest of the falls, but it felt like we were going under a massive wall of water. At least we headed their advice and left our shoes at the boat launch. Apparently most other people on the tour knew what they were getting into because they wore swimsuits and had a change of clothes. We spent the rest of the day drying out.

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After squeezing as much water out of our clothes as possible, we hopped back on the shuttle and headed to the main hiking trail head.

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There were coatis everywhere that people gathered, looking for a handout.

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As we hiked along the trail, toward the main part of the falls, there were a bunch of lookouts where we stopped to take photos.

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These falls are unbelievably impressive. Every photo you take looks like a postcard.

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We made our way up to the boardwalk and walked out into the mist in order to get a better view of the Devil’s Throat — where the highest volume of water plunges over the falls. We were pretty wet again by the time we got back to the bank; the mist was thick.

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Daddy took this panorama from the end of the boardwalk, looking up into the Devil’s Throat. You can barely see the water falling in the Devil’s Throat because there is so much mist.

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Daddy took this second panorama from the top of the on-shore lookout. It starts to give you an idea of the massive area these falls cover, although, many of the falls can’t even be seen in this photo. The Devil’s Throat is back behind those falls on the left and the falls where we took the boat tour are just past the right edge of this photo.

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These family photos were all taken from the on-shore lookout platforms.

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Raine found this colorful grasshopper and somehow convinced it to climb up her arm.

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There were countless colorful butterflies as well.

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We ate lunch looking over the river above the falls. Then we did a little souvenir shopping before hopping back on the double-decker bus to take us to the park entrance.

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Back at the hotel, the kids couldn’t wait to get into the pool.

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After a dinner of room-service pizza, Daddy took the kids to the game room at the hotel.

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