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Duckling's Iguazu Adventures

by Ina of wordpress.whereisina.com on May 24, 2012

Duckling's Iguazu Adventures

So, ever since Venezuela, I've been travelling with my little green friend Patito, a plastic beach toy I found in the Caribbean, left behind by his reckless previous owner. Lucky for me, as I now have a travel companion. Yesterday, we were on the Argentinian side of the Iguazu falls. We did the Brasilian side three days ago. And while I could have spent entire days admiring the incredible masses of water and the beauty they create, I had to catch the bus to Buenos Aires at 2 pm, so we had to rush through - A LOT.

I didn't see nearly all I'd wanted to see. What we did see was the Garganta del Diablo, the Devil's Throat. This is a massive waterfall with so much spray water, that you are completely soaked within a minute. There is no seein the bottom of the fall. Very impressive! And like me, Patito is an adventurer. He wanted to jump in that water, but I told him that it was WAY too dangerous. So we were taking a few pictures and all of a sudden, Patito jumps off the lookout onto the riverbed next to the fall. What a naughty boy! Then he got scared and couldn't move anymore. There was absolutely no way for me to reach him from the platform. I thought this was the end of it and he would finally get to swim freely, once it rains some more and the water level starts rising again, because right now the water is pretty low. It took me a minute until I decided that once you have a great travel partner, that is as loyal as Patito is, you cannot just give up on them and leave them behind. So after checking out the rim of the platform and the people around me, I take a deep breath and head for the rail. 

It takes me three or four steps to go over the edge. Luckily, they don't have any security there, only a few professional photographers offering their services to tourists, who were trying to convine me to come back. I instantly had the attention of about two dozen tourists, maybe more. Possibly most of them thought that I wanted to kill myself in an extraordinarily spectacular manner, judging by the look on their faces at least. Admittedly, in the highly unlikely event of me ever considering that, the Iguazu Falls might be my location of choice. But all jokes aside, I was waving and yelling "I just lost something - Perdi algo!" My adrenaline level instantly jumped to high levels, as the stones were much slippery than they looked. I finally managed to reach Patito and saved him from his death sentence. The elderly lady offering me her hand to help me up, Maria, was laughing at just WHAT it was I had lost. I explained to her, that he was my travel buddy and she said that I was so cool and nice, that there surely must be a boy travelling with me. I told her that the only boy who earned the privilege to travel with me was Patito. And after giving him hell for risking both our lives, I was really just glad to have him back. Patito and Ina, happily reunited.  

P.S. You might want to plan to spend at least 5 or 6 hours on the Argentinian side of the falls, while 3 to 4 hours would be enough on the Brasilian side. There is also a nice bird park on the Brasilian side, really close to the park entrance of the falls.


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