It is springtime in Brazil, but the temperature has been in the 80s.
We checked out of the hotel, and left our backpacks in storage.
|South American bus stop|
From the visitors center, we were taken by bus the 11 km/6.8 miles to the falls, and then set off on the 1200 m/.75 mile Trilha das Cataratas/Waterfall Trail. Almost immediately we saw a Dasyprocta azarae/Azara's Agouti. Then we saw the falls.
|Panorama of the "lower" end of the gorge|
|Two levels of waterfalls (KSS)|
|Begonia sp growing wild|
|You can see the walkways on the Argentine side|
|Panorama of the middle section|
|Again, two levels of falls|
|A view towards Garganta do Diablo/Throat of the Giant|
at the "upper" end of the gorge
|Impatiens sp growing wild (KSS)|
|Boardwalk on the Brazilian side|
|Full rainbow (KSS)|
|Brazilian side upper falls|
|Cypseloides senex/Great Dusky Swifts|
fly all over the falls, and cling to the cliffs
|Brazilian falls second dropoff|
|Looking down the gorge|
|Looking towards Garganta do Diablo/Throat of the Giant|
|Rushing water at our feet|
|You can barely see the top of the observation elevator|
|Tamiko next to the falls (KSS)|
|Kent at the falls|
|View from the top of the observation elevator|
|Broken rainbow and the walkway below|
|Statue of Frederico Engel, a German immigrant,|
who wanted the falls to belong to the public
|View at the top of the falls|
We caught the local bus towards town, and with information from a friendly off-duty guide, we got off the bus near an intersection and were told the next bus to Argentina would pass across the street. Since the buses were supposed to run every thirty minutes, and we could see the border down the road, we decided to walk.
|Vendor selling hammocks and seat hammocks|
At Brazilian customs, we handed in the exit forms and had our passports stamped. Then we went to wait for the next bus. A bus had passed when we arrived at customs, but fortunately the next bus came in about 15 minutes.
Next: Puerto Iguazú.