“Make sure you put all of your valuables into the dry bag, because it’s gonna be wet.” We were about to board a speed boat to drive up close to a massive waterfall that was famous well before it featured in the latest Indiana Jones movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – the magnificent Iguassu Falls at the border of Argentina and Brazil.
We had seen the famous ‘devil’s throat’ of the Iguassu Falls earlier that day from a slightly precarious viewing platform, but now it was time to get up close. I held on tightly and off we went. The boat was so fast and bumpy that I was bursting out into fits of nervous giggles. Even at 20m away the immense amount of water crashing down over the devil’s throat meant we got soaked to the bone.
Now that we had explored the Argentinian side of the Iguassu Falls I was keen to explore the falls from the Brazilian side as well. So we treated ourselves to a helicopter ride to see them in all their glory. I crawled into the back and Chris got in the front next to the pilot (typical man, probably thought he could help with the map reading or something). I gave him the camera and he happily shot away. The flight itself and seeing the mighty Iguassu Falls from above was amazing, although I was a bit conscious about safety as the pilot spent most of his time chatting on his mobile phone.
But it turns out I should have been conscious about a completely different safety issue… When we landed Chris showed me a photo with a big grin on his face. It was only then that I realized that the front window of the helicopter had a big crack in it. Luckily it turned out that the Brazilian pilot knew just how to fix it – good old celotape – so I guess we were in safe hands after all…
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