Family reunion - This time on the Katz side
29.01.2010 - 02.02.2010
Foz do Iguaçú, and its Argentinean sister Puerto Iguazu
After trekking on ice in Patagonia and melting down in Buenos Aires, it took us several hours by bus to reach one of the most amazing tropical sites possible: The Iguaçú falls.
Crossing the border was a pain in the ass (you would think that Brazil and Argentina could collaborate better on such a crowded touristic site!) but on the other side of the border waited E-ma Masset after not seeing Shiri for 11 months, so all was forgotten quickly and the excitment was high.
In family style: with us in the picture - Masset, Pessah, Enio and Lu
We started our trip in the Parque das Aves, a park, or better saying zoo with birds from mainly Brazil and some from Africa and other parts of South America.
The impressive amount of parrots, macaws (araras), flamingos and lots of other colorful birds which we don´t even know their names, were a nice start for the day trip.
Hummingbird and butterfly drinking sweet water
Our first sight from the waterfalls themselves was from a boat trip, that starts very easy and slow while approaching the waterfalls.
Approaching the falls from the boat
As soon as people got used to the proximity of the falls, the boat crew gets crazy and gets really close to them, so close that you can´t see anything due to the amount of water falling on your head.
Attention to the boat in the middle of the picture - getting close to the water falls
During the boat trip we were told that the level of the Iguaçú River now is so high (20m above the regular) that we were able to get closer than usual to the "Garganta do Diabo", the biggest waterfall of the park.
Several high-speed turns later and completely wet, we finished our boat trip with a huge smile on our faces
It is possible to get really close to the waterfalls!
View from the highest point in the Brazilian side
People watching the falls in the Argentinean side. In the background is possible to see almost all the range
In our last day we went to visit Itaipu dam on the Paraná River. Itaipu is the biggest hydroelectric power plant in the world, producing up to 14.000 MW and providing 20% of the Brazilian use of energy and 90% of Paraguay´s!
Detail from the dam and the water pipes that will bring water to the turbines. The huge amount of water in this picture is just the extra water that will not be used for producing electricity. In Israel we could have light up half the country just with this extra...
Details from inside the dam
Arial view from the Iguaçú falls