...I had no idea.
This weekend it was my turn to be the one standing in awe as I and the 38 other exchange students in our district explored the jungle and waterfalls of Iguazu. I could tell you stats about how at 8,900 feet wide they are the longest waterfalls in the world, or how there is so much water rushing over those 275 cascades that you could overfill twelve Olympic sized swimming pools per second, or I could talk about the monkeys, birds, and wildlife that make up the exotic jungle. I could.. but I can't pretend to be a good enough writer to be able to encapsulate those falls in a blog post.
So instead, I'll do a quick recap of the weekend and leave you with a few pictures in hopes that with 1000 words each they might do a better job:
My weekend started Friday evening as the 3 other exchange students from Formosa and I hopped on a bus and took off. After a quick layover in Resistencia our group grew to thirteen, and by 9 the next morning we were eating pastries at our hotel in Puerto Iguazú. From there the real adventure began: a weekend of hearing about the Rotary trips available throughout the year, of traveling to a lookout point where we could stand in Argentina and look across the river at Paraguay and Brasil, of getting absolutely drenched as our boat sped up to (and under) the crashing waters of Iguazu falls, and a weekend of making amazing memories and friendships with the other exchange students in our district.
I know I say it all the time, but Argentina is so cool.
the exchange students of district 4845 in Argentina, with Paraguay and Brazil in the background! I would have been excited seeing three states at the same time- three countries was pretty amazing.
from left to right, starting in the back:
Washington DC, Minnesota, Germany, and Minnesota!
First glimpse of the falls
From the top of the cascades (holding onto my camera VERY tightly)
Octavio and I getting right up to the edge
Watching as the mist of 'Salto Bossetti' waterfalls soaked those below
The waterfalls and jungle couldn't even fit in the frame
the waterfalls that drenched us from head to toe
(my whimpy poncho couldn't do a thing to keep me dry)
loading the boat
One of the last shots on the boat before our ride turned from 'show' to 'shower'.
In the distance, you can see the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat)- the first of the 275 falls
more waterfalls, more jungle
Las Dos Hermanas
Not looking at ALL like tourists... ;)
Walking out to the Devil's throat. Couldn't have asked for a better day.