the wonderful waterfalls
01.29.2010 - 01.31.2010 94 °F
Back to the jungle we go! It took our longest busride yet, clocking in at 24 hours, but we made it safe and sound. We even slept well, too! When we got off the bus, we were greeted with a wall of humidity and heat not felt since we were in Costa Rica. It was time to ditch our jeans and long sleeve shirts. And if only you could remove a beard for a few days...
8am the next day and we´re already sweating bullets just minutes out the front door of the hostel. We made our way to the park on a packed bus. The sun was strong and the sunblock laid on thick - let´s see us some waterfalls.
Up first was the Garganta del Diablo (Devil´s Throat). It´s one of the bigger attractions of the park and sits at the top of the park, where a series of falls form a semicircle that appears as though the depths of the planet are swallowing hundreds of gallons of water per second. It was quite a combination of sights and sounds, not to mention it was nice to get wet after a hot walk all the way there!
Gulp, gulp, gulp
Up close and personal
Next - a short train ride and quick walk downhill to some of the best views we had ever seen. There are a few ¨trails¨ throughout the park. They´re pretty much metal walkways that wind through the jungle to various viewpoints, bringing you closer and closer to one of the main attractions on the lower part - Salto Bassetti. The walkway takes you right up to the midsection of the fall. It´s loud, wet, and incredible.
The rest of the trails lead to various other falls, with both bottom-up and top-down views to suit any fancy.
This is definitely tops on the list of natural wonders that we have seen. It just offers the complete package of amazing sights, sounds, and sensations. And it totally blows Niagra Falls out of the water due to its sheer size.
Now, as I´ve said before, no travel in Latin America goes quite as planned. You have to expect the hitch, we´ve both come to realize. Although that doesn´t necessarily make you less frustrated. Anyway, as we returned to town from a hot, sweaty day in the park, it was only natural to want a nice, cold shower. Perhaps some air conditioning and a nice beer, too. Well, unfortunately the water AND the electricity decided to take a little breather for our last day and a half. The entire town. Needless to say it sent the bottled water market sky high, but we were lucky enough to hop a flight out of down just as we heard the news that the water wouldn´t be turned back on for another three to six days...
Onward to Buenos Aires we went!!!