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Our Magnificent Journey
Chapter 14
Argentina, Brazil and Peru
Day 7
Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
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We both slept well and woke at 7:30 am. Showered, dressed and enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the hotel of juice, coffee, croissants, eggs, cheese, mango, papaya and chocolate mousse.


Our hotel, the Grand Crucero, is fairly new on the outskirts of the main part of Puerto Iguazu. So far, we’re very impressed.


At 10:30 am we caught the Rio Uruguay Cataratas bus to the entrance of Iguazu Parque Nacionale. Paid the AR $130 admission fee and spent the next several hours hiking, avoiding the hungry, sneaky coatimundis and enjoying the massive, majestic Falls.


Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The Falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu.

The name “iguazu” comes from the Guarani or Tupi words “y”, meaning ‘water”, and “uasu” meaning “big”. Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful woman named Paipi, who fled with her mortal lover Taroba in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

On Nov. 11, 2011, Iguazu Falls was announced as one of the seven winners of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by the new Seven Wonders of the World Foundation.


At 4 pm we found our way back to the parque entrance and took a very comfortable, air-conditioned bus back to the hotel. The day has been overcast and quite hot and humid, so the ride back to the hotel was heavenly.


Showered and rested at the hotel. At 8 pm we took a taxi to La Ruede, a restaurant recommended by Raphael, the bartender from the Grand Crucero. We enjoyed a delicious dinner of surubi (riverfish) dried tomatoes, fried polenta, Malbec wine from Mendoza, and a creamy chocolate torte with passionfruit ice cream for dessert.


Took a taxi through the pouring rain back to the hotel where we watched Boca Jr. (Buenos Aires) defeat Barcelona in soccer, one-nil. At 11:00 pm we were fast asleep after our last day of adventure in beautiful Argentina.


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