This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!
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A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami
A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro
A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu
A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires
A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima
A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
A South American Escape Part 7 – Machu Picchu
A South American Escape Part 8 – Cusco
A South American Escape Part 9 – Lima Redux…and home.
Iguazu Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls straddles the Brazilian/Argentina border. Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States’ First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” Iguazu is also often compared with Southern Africa’s Victoria Falls which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe. Iguazu is wider, but because it is split into about 270 discrete falls and large islands in 3 miles, Victoria is the largest curtain of water in the world.
However, Iguazu affords better views and walkways and its shape allows for spectacular vistas. At one point a person can stand and be surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls.
The Devil’s Throat, on the Brazilian side has water pouring into it from three sides.
We were now in Argentina. So much for all the Portuguese phrases we learned/crammed. Now it was all Spanish for the rest of the trip. We didn’t learn many Spanish phrases! Doh!
Coatis, were Racoon like rodents who were rather resourceful. One of them climbed the tree and shook it until the fruit fell to the others waiting at its base.
The sun really did come out after some time! But we are convinced there is always a rain cloud over this place.
We will be forever be amazed by the sheer force of Nature’s Fury!
Next stop, Buenos Aires. The “Paris of South America”.
(A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires)