31 – 2 February – Iguasso Falls

The Falls can be seen from both Argentina and Brazil

Iguasso Falls - Argentine side


Iguasso Falls - Brazil side


Iguasso Falls - Brazil side

We spent one night on each side. Both sides are magnificent but the views are different. On balance we prefer the Brazil side because you get a wider view of the falls and at this time of the year there seems to be more water to be seen from the Brazil side.

The Hotel is also much better on the Brazil side, in our opinion!!  (there is no choice of Hotel unless you stay some 30Kms away. There is only one hotel on each side! Both are expensive and beautiful but you are a captive and have no choice but to pay up!

Hotel das Cataratas - Brazil side


The life of Riley- beautiful pool!

There is lots of bird life and if you’re into plants then its heaven!



Butterfly watchers are also in second heaven. There are many beautiful species fluttering around. There are also dozens of “COATI’S” (which is like a long tailed Racoon) Very sweet but the locals think they are a pest and the tourists feed them!

"Coati's" everywhere...lovely tail!

The highlight for me is definitely the boat ride…it takes you virtually under the falls and you get absolutely soaked! The weather here is hot and humid and the water is surprisingly warm (at least not cold) so it was refreshing

On a boat - soon to get drenched under the Falls

Tomorrow we fly to Sao Paulo and drive to the coast to PARITY for three nights then onto our last stop…Rio!



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  11. Vicuña it is. On 3AW this morning we were informed that its Pisco Sour drinking season – apparently this is a Peruvian thing. Just thought you better give it a go when you cross the border. Paraty sounds very nice. Just did a history lesson on wiki. Arthur asks if you have got any tattoos yet?

    • Hi Giles
      I’ve already discovered Pisco Sour and I’m quite hooked! Very good.
      Sorry to disappoint Arthur…. no tattoos! I thought about a beard but it turned out to be a bit grey! Off it went. Maybe I’ll grow the hair?
      I’m getting very brown though. Almost look like a local
      Ok I’ll go forthe Vicuña seat cover in white? Glad you approve.

  12. Hi Geoff and Merry,

    Magnificent photos of the Iguassu Falls. We’re sooo jealous! We had a visit planned and the Brazilian hotel booked on our trip of South America when Menno developed kidney stones and we had to come home.
    Love the tango photos, La Boca is such a great area. I think B A is aptly named the Paris of the South.
    Enjoy the rest of your travels together,

    love, Muis and Menno.

  13. I am ashamed to say that I left you for a month and have just done a lot of catching up reading. It left me quite breathless. One minutes you are riding along roads (?) keeling over in the wind and looking fior fuel and next you are draped in a woman who is definately not your wife! I see that you are going to be in London in September. Alone or with family? You may find more cousins than just Juliet! I am glad that you included photos of Robert and his family. When I have a moment I will have to blow them up and see if mutual ancestors have provided us with any similar features. Give him the regards of yet another cousin when you next see him.
    Like you, I looked up a surname in Cornwall, took pot luck in writing a letter, and three months later have just got a reply. Another cousin found! (But on my father’s side.)
    I will now get back to my daily viewing of the Dopey file.

    • Hi Michael
      Great to have you back again…especially with all that wit and humour. I had a good chuckle. I’ll try and find more things for you to sharpen your humour on!.
      Val, my sister says Robert I have similar eyes! I’ll have to ask Sarah if she agrees!
      I sent you an email about the September trip. I hadn’t received the blog comment at that time which explains my comment about the blog
      Thanks for coming back. I missed you!

      • Hi Menno and Muis
        You’ll have to plan another trip! Make it a lot earlier though to really see the Falls at their best. We’re now in Parity which is a little historic old Portuguese Port near Rio. Absolutely original! Believe it or not the sea is HOT! Yes really warm. No exaggeration it must be 25 degrees! Never experienced that. The bay is shallow and it’s very hot here!

  14. The Iguasso Falls look most impressive, as does your luxurious hotel, quite a contrast to what you have been experiencing since you left home.
    How do the Falls compare to Niagra and Victoria Falls?
    Enjoy the last week of your holiday Merry….the days must be racing by!

    • Hi Wenners
      I haven’t been to Niagra and saw Victoria falls back in 1985. So long ago! I can’t really comment. People say Iguasso is the most impressive as it covers such a large area. Vic falls is higher
      It is wonderful at Iguasso, but at this time of the year many of the falls are dry so you don’t see the full canopy, only bits . I think the time to come here is september to november or so , after te rainy season. The Hotel was sensational and probably the best I’ve ever stayed at.
      Were now in Parity which is a quaint little Port south of Rio with a colorful history and HUGE cobble stones! Yes Merry wil soon be leaving and I’m back to the hostels!
      love Geoff

  15. Hey Jeff – That’s not really bikee stuff sitting in luxury – next you will be getting a sheepskin cover for your motorcycle seat. Harden Up!!! Look great though. Ange, Sam, Arte and I have just returned from Point Lonsdale – watching the freighters go through the heads – I think this doesn’t quite equate to the falls. Sao Paulo will be quite confronting re shanti towns etc. The Sao Paulo Golf Club looks like it is worth a visit. Keep em turning!!!

    • Hi Giles, Ange, Sam and Art
      Glad you had good time in Pt Lonsdale. Nice place. Your right Giles I’m becoming an old softie in these swish hotels with the Pink Gin and slippers, It will be hard getting back to the grotty hostels which cost about the same per night as a cucumber sandwich!
      Glas you’re “hanging in” The action starts again soon!

    • Giles Thanks again for your comment. It’s a real hoot!

      Just for your info…. Can’t buy a sheepskin for my seat here…I will look for Alpaca or Vicuña would be even softer!

  16. Hi Geoff and Merry, You are still following our honeymoon! We stayed at the same hotel – is it still pink? And walked along the Falls and also did the boat road that goes below them which I loved too. The coati’s are very sweet and unfortunately addicted to sugar as we found when some hoped onto our table in the morning and searched through the packets selecting the sugar packet!! First time I’ve read anyone’s blog and have to say, yours would be a hard act to follow. We are enjoying being able to share your holiday sights and hearing about your adventures. love from Shirley and John. x

    • Hi Shirley
      Yours must have been a huge honeymoon! Fancy the Coati’s jumping on the table! It really is a great hotel isn’t it. Possibly the best I’ve stayed in. Glad you’re hanging in to the blog… got a long way to go yet so hang in there!
      We’re in Parity now which is a little port south of Rio and full of history…pirates etc . Huge cobble stones!
      Love to you both
      Geoff and Merry

  17. Hi Geoff and Merry, the pool looks very inviting. Hope you made good use of it along with the obligatory cocktails. Jet is well and has new shoes, thankfully well behaved for me but Mick thinks he needs some groundwork training!!!!!!!! Sam was not lame this time thank heavens.
    Love Jenny

    • Hi Jenny. We did make good use of the pool and I’m a lobster now! Good that Sam’s ok.
      Brazil is so much more expensive than Argentina and Chile. Similar to Australia, at least where we’re visiting. A bit of a shock! Still all you can do is bury your head in the sand and cough up!
      Arrived in Parity tonight. Looks really quaint and lovely. Has the biggest cobble stones we’ve ever seen!
      Love to you both plus Sam!

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