We then heard about the falls during just about every discussion with someone in
Looking at the map, we decided to use it as a stepping stone from
I had booked the Hotel Carima on the internet since it was advertised as the state’s largest hotel. I wanted to be somewhere lively. It turned out to be a good choice, in terms of location, since it was close to the airport, the road to the falls, and the road to
But as for lively, I couldn’t have been more wrong. When we arrived, the lobby was so dark and gloomy we weren’t even sure if the hotel was open! For some reason, it was full of old cars and equipment, but no guests, other than the staff. (We did see a couple the next morning.)
The pleasant receptionist told us we had time to visit the Brazilian side of the falls that afternoon, and should see the Argentinean side the next day. So we left our bags in our very 60’s room, and got onto a bus to the National Park where the falls were located. From there we took a two-decker bus and got off when most of the other people did.
Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy and overcast. We couldn’t see much, but heard a giant roar. After walking down a long walkway, the falls were before us. They were impressive, but I wasn’t sure they were worth all the trouble getting there. We walked a little further, and I then realized there was more to see. The falls seemed to go on forever! We kept walking, and there were more falls. I subsequently read there were 275 falls over a 3 km precipice.
That evening, we did go to the dinner/dance production, and I fell in love with a dark skinned dancer who looked very much like one of the girls in the painting I bought in
We woke up the next morning, and it was raining. Really raining. After breakfast in a large gloomy dining room, we set off for the Argentinean side. It was a lot easier getting there than expected. We took a $10 taxi ride through the Brazilian and Argentinean customs and were soon in the Argentinean town. Had we known how easy it was going to be, and how hard it was going to rain, we would have flown out that afternoon to
We're not sure we can say the Argentinean side was better since it rained so hard, we only saw a small part. But it was very well worth the visit. From the park entrance, we boarded a narrow gauge train out to a station, from where we walked along a 1100 km metal walkway over the river. Given the heavy rain, it was slippery and felt a bit treacherous. It was also disconcerting seeing remnants of older walkways that had washed away.
Eventually, we got to a point where we could stand literally on top of one of the two greatest waterfalls in the world. (Only Victoria Falls in
We did get the wine, but the hot tub was just warm, and the sauna needed an hour to heat up. So we stayed in the room and read the
Around midnight I went to bed and awoke the next morning feeling quite sick. But we were off to Buenos Aires, a place we had both wanted to visit for a long time.