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Last Day at Iguazú

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Before I tell you about our wonderful day today, I need to tell you our two funny stories.

The first one is about Ann and a  coati. Ann went on a hike today with John and sat down on a stone wall that did not have a back rest. She was wearing her backpack. One of those cute (remember I said they were aggressive ) coati came up behind her on the wall.  It then proceeded to open up the flap on the back of her backpack and steal her sandwich.  The coati walked a little bit further away to unwrap the sandwich and eat it. I wasn’t with her so we don’t have a photo of this happening.

These little creatures walked along the railing.

These Coatí are walking along the fence.

The other story is about when we got back to the room.   We were soaked from the great adventure boat trip we took in the afternoon. I came into the room and put my pants on this electric heater.   They were only on there for about five or six minutes. Then I took them to hang them up in the bathroom. Well, they had melted in the back.   Here is the photo of them.  The woman at the desk in the hotel told me that some time ago a woman left her things on the heater and went to dinner.  The result was the start of a fire that burned 3 rooms of the hotel.  I guess I should feel lucky.

I melted my pants on the heater in the room.

Right before dinner I walked into town in order to purchase a pair of pants. All I could find were white cotton pants which won’t be the best pants to have on the ship going to Antarctica.  But at least I will have more than one pair of pants with me.  Perhaps I can find something else to buy on the ship.

Now for our absolutely fabulous day. Andy and I decided we didn’t want to go with the regularly scheduled  walk through the jungle on the Macuco Nature Trail (7 km).   We really just wanted to go back to see those incredible waterfalls we had seen yesterday.  Carl, Kris and Robin decided to join us.   I am sure we made the right decision. It was absolutely fabulous to see the falls again.

A view of Iguazú Falls

This is Nancy at Iguazú Falls.

I love this view of Iguazú Falls.

A photo of Nancy at the falls.

Carl, Andy and I were so glad to be there.

Caarl, Andy and I were so glad to be there.

Robin and Kris were also so happy they had decided also decided to join us.

Andy, Nancy, Kris, Robin and Carl at Iguazú Falls.

Today we saw some more wildlife as we hiked.

We saw this big lizard when we  looked over the fence.

We saw this big lizard when we looked over the fence.

I loved this beautiful butterfly.

This is a beautiful butterfly.

We were so surprised to see how many of these had landed on one man.  He was an absolute butterfly magnet but this photo only shows a couple of the 8 that were on him.

This man is a butterfly magnet.

When also we walked back to Devil’s Throat today it was very crowded but we got to see more wildlife.

Here is a Plush Crested Jay.

This is a Plush Crested Jay.

This turtle shell is beautiful.

This turtle shell is beautiful.

What an incredible morning.  This afternoon we went on what was called the “Great Adventure.”  Ann and I were both excited.

Ann and Nancy were excited about the Great Adventure.

Actually, the whole group was very excited.

This is our boat of people on the Great Adventure.

The speed boat took us very close to San Martin Waterfall from below.   I had to protect my camera from getting wet so I could  only zoom in on the falls.

We were in a boat getting close to the falls.

This video may give you another perspective.

They told us to put our cameras away and drove us right up to the falls where, of course, we were totally sprayed and soaked.  It was hard to believe the force of the spray.

From these photos of other boats so you can see how close they brought us to the falls.

One boat going near the falls.

I think this boat got even closer.

The second boat going under San Martin Falls.

We were all laughing so hard as the kept circling around under the spray.  Now you know how my pants got soaked.

Then we had the opportunity to walk back up the hill for more views of the falls. Ann and I just loved the moss growing under the water.

This moss grows under the falls.

I loved seeing other views of the falls from the top.

Here is another view of Iguazú Falls.

Iguazú Falls are so beautiful.

It is so hard to believe how privileged I am to be on this trip. These memories will definitely be with me forever.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

5 thoughts on “Last Day at Iguazú

  1. Can’t imagine how amazing it musta been to experience the power of those falls. So cool!! And cool looking turtle 🙂

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  2. Wow what an amazing trip you are having. The falls look awesome. Too bad about the pants. when I saw the picture of the pants I thought the coati had bitten you. Your true story was better.
    Have fun.
    Jilly

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  3. I think you won’t forget the falls for a long time.
    Bobbie

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  4. Looks like quite the trip. Keep it coming so we can enjoy emeritus. Jim Hoff

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  5. Nancy, the pictures are wonderful, you look like you are having fun?

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