So, leaving behind one natural wonder of the world, it’s not far at all to the Itaipú Dam, one of the wonders of the modern world. Spanning the Paraná river, the seventh biggest in the world, and the border, the dam was built as a joint effort between Brazil and Paraguay. In its own right, it is amazing, but being situated so close to the waterfalls does mean that the shine is taken off it somewhat. Still, we got to see lots of concrete!

And then, we entered Paraguay on a evening bus to Asunción, the capital. It was great to see our old friend Sergio, whom Rachel got to know very well when she lived there and who came to our wedding, when we arrived!

Well, I said I’d go back if I could and if I had to choose which side to go back to, I’d definitely choose the Argentinian side. They are both amazing in their own ways, but the views from Argentina are perhaps even better; you get extremely close to the gargantuan “Devil’s Throat” fall – the largest in the system – and about two-thirds of the falls are in Argentina. An excellent, excellent day!! Tomorrow, I think I need to give the camera a rest!!

The AMAZING waterfalls at Iguaçu span the border between Brazil and Argentina and you can get different experiences from both sides. Today, we got our first taste from the Brazilian side and what a taste!

We went out in a boat first, which is a little expensive, but worth every penny as it takes you up close and personal with a small handful of the 275 different falls that make up the whole system. We got so close to the base of some of them that not only did we get drenched, but we were completely unable to open our eyes. For me, this continued for sometime since the water washed the suncream from my face into them and it to a while to come out!

Back of dry land, we continued walking along the banks of the Iguaçu river and marvelled at the amazing new vistas at ever turn. No matter what I write, I’ll never be able to do the place justice. Suffice to say that I would definitely return if I could.

So, our flight to Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) was uneventful, although we did spend rather longer in Lima Airport than we had hoped – overnight mist had meant that all the flights were delayed and we had 3 hours extra to wait for ours. What was eventful was when we arrived at our hostel. No sooner had we dragged our suitcases up the steps into reception than there was an almighty crash and the half of the tree we had seconds earlier walked under came crashing down behind us –  a close shave!

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