I figured my boy needed to see more than just the capital. It's like seeing Paris and thinking you know France.
So, we checked into the most beautiful hotel right in the middle of the National Park and strolled out the door to find one of the seven wonders of the world at our feet: las caterates de Iguazu!
Created in 1934 the Iguazu National Park preserves an important sector of the Paranaense jungle and was declared Unesco world heritage in 1984.
Powerful, glorious, enormous, majestic and unique would be my description. Wet and dangerous stated Expat boy even though he admitted they were impressive! "Iguazu" means great waters in Guarani, the local dialect. The upper edge of the entire falls from side to side is over 3 km long. Three quarters of the falls belong to Argentina and one quarter to Brazil. In three days we walked over them, under them and even through them from every side possible. Expat boy has seen enough water to last him a lifetime.
He did shine (and shiver) when we boarded a speedboat that took us right up the river and under the falls where needless to say we got soaking wet. Despite the 500 horsepower motors I felt like a ping pong ball bouncing over the rapids. Ahh, the things you do to keep your kids entertained... but it was worth seeing the thrill in his eyes as the water pounded down on us. I closed mine right after!
Majestic and magnificent Iguazu falls
See our hotel tucked away in the jungle?
One of the seven wonders of the world
Expat boy getting wet and loving it!
Puente Internacional which links Argentina to Brazil
The Brazilian view of the waterfalls
Spot the boat below the falls? That's us getting soaked!
A tour through the jungle for added adventure.
We were told there were pumas and even leopards lurking in the bushes...
Evening view from our hotel terrace
We did see lots of monkeys who tried to sneak into our rooms. ;)