The majesty of Mother Nature
When you think you are done with the level of “alcoholism” that you can experience during your travels, well forget about it. There is always someone who doesn’t know where he left his liver, or if he ever had it.
Caipirinha is already our personal exchange currency, used for internal “payments”. Keeping the bill will be difficult. Of the debts, but – above all- of the quantities. However, all of this will empower us to fight the animals of the Amazon Jungle with biokill spray and deadly alcoholic breaths.
Raccoons 1- group 0. They win hands down in the struggle for lunch by taking away, under our eyes, a bag full of delicious sandwiches slyly prepared during our breakfast at the Pousada. Perhaps Brazilian karma has already punished us.
We see the animals, but we do behave like them. Embarrassing stadium choruses, and trash dance Italian songs sung out reaaally loud, with no shame at every ascent by bus or group photo or caipirinha toast … then always.
I immolate my hair in the humidity of Iguassu Falls. To be absolutely sure that nothing keeps dry I convince myself to get on a boat and pass under the Falls. The most expensive (and spectacular) shower of my entire life. and now … Ivana Spagna (a famous 80s singer with crazy frizzy hairs) it’s my turn, get out of the way!
After the 5th or 6th plane (I’d already lost track), we are almost ready to embrace an indefinite number of days completely disconnected from the world: camping in the Jungle and sailing the Amazon River for 30 hours. Fortunately, there’s a therapist in the group. From the hammock to the couch the pace will be very short.
Will “Jaguar” be the new “Manatee” that was already the new “luminous bioplankton”? I’ll leave you with this fundamental question that will keep you glued on these screens until the next episode, Pantanal.
About Iguassu Falls
Iguazu Falls are made up of 275 waterfalls and are both taller than Niagra Falls and wider than Victoria Falls, with scenery unlike anywhere else on earth.
There is a legend to explain the falls: God wanted to marry Naipí, an Aborigine girl against her wish. She escaped on a canoe with her human lover, Tarobá. Upon realizing this, he got angry and separated the River Iguazu by creating deep falls so that the two will be condemned to an eternal fall.
There are numerous adventure activities inside the park, including jeep rides, kayaking and nature walks.
Tips for you
There is a point in the waterfalls that an observer can stand and get enveloped by about 260 degrees of waterfalls. Don’t forget the raincoat!
The most scenic one is the curved cataract christened the ‘devils throat’ that has 14 falls that drop to a height of 350 feet.
Be aware of the Coatis: these cute but audacious mammals will look for food in every bag.