Foz do Iguaçu

Days 1 & 2

Photographs and Commentary by Debra Jan Bibel

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Despite the added expensive, I arranged that we visit the falls of Iguaçu at the end of the trip, rather than the start. I wanted us to complete the tour in spectacular fashion and these falls are indeed spectacular. Over 250 falls, up to four tiers, scattered over a vast park in sheets and as individuals. It is a photographer's dream. At atmosphere of negative ions and saturated water vapor to invigorate the senses and cheer spirits. The place is filled with the diverse sounds of water, from a calm river to gentle babbling passage over rocks to rapids to a torrent of falling water. We conclude the tour with some camp showmanship.

Our hotel in Foz do Iguaçu. The National Park that comprises the waterfalls and environment falls within two countries. We begin in Argentina, whose flag is above. The sign is in Spanish. Bennett and our guide and van driver. A train takes us between sections of the park on the Argentine side. The narrow gauge railroad was fun, increasing the anticipation.
A  visiting moth, which prefers tree camouflage over the tropical splendor of butterfies. Part of Rio Iguazu alongside the tracks, The river is a tributary of Rio Paraná, which is in nearby Paraguay. After the river tributary broads out it quickly narrows at The Devil's throat. The start of the spread. A vista walkway. In the distance, the rising mist indicates the first fall.

The rivers seems to fall into a deep hole.

At the cusp. For now on, it is the roaring of water, the saturated mist, and the cascade of two hundred falls. Falls and rising mist.

The many channels issue their own waterfalls.

The obscuring mist.

Another view. Flooding destroyed an earlier walkway. This arrangement makes an interest sculpture. Along the many walkways of the park that provide access to stunning views. Some of the wall of falls. A distant, wide-angle view. The river continues below.
Various tiers of falls. From  the edge of one fall looking toward countless others. Further to the right. At the left. Rapids before the fall. At the far side.
Don't kayak here. The best photograph of the set. Awesome power.

© 2012 Debra Jan Bibel

At a lower level. Another of the same site. We now proceed back out of Argentine and to the Brazilian side. A quaxinim, member of the raccoon family.
Encounter with a Brazilian/Argentine Tegu lizard. From the Brazil side the Devil's Throat is better appreciated. The vertical is emphasized. The wall of falls. Another take. Everywhere we looked: new falls.
Three Muskateers. A beautiful fall. The various tiers of cascades. More and more. Another perspective. The continuum.
Further along the walkway, more falls. Channeling and merging. On and on. Another, closer view. The Park is a UNESCO site. In the distance, a hawk.
The walkway leads to a mist shower. Rain parka is recommended. I brought mine. The end of one walkway. Inches away from a fall. The elevator takes us up. The adjacent rock is home for plants. Ferns within a rock face.  A rainforest butterfly.
We leave the Park and go the the Itaipu Dam on the Parana River. A cousin of power companies' mascot Reddy Kilowatt? A Brazilian–Paraguayian project (mainly Brazilian), the dam, like the river, straddles the national boundaries. Brazil has hydroelectric and nuclear powerplants. Administration building. Spillways. Logo.

Our trip to Foz do Iguaçu and to Brazil is nearly at an end. We agreed to spend the evening at a tourist music revue. The food did not measure up to the high quality of the hotels. The revue lasted an hour. It was hokey but it proved to be fun. Tourists from throughout Latin American were present. The revue honored some of these nations and also the regional styles of Brazilian music.

          Rafain Churrascaria Show, part of the Rafain Hotel and Convention Center system.
The emcee. Carnival attire. Honoring Paraguay. Paraguayan dance. The harpist. A silly bottle dance.
The bottles have recess bottoms, of course. Still...... Representing Bolivia, Peru, and Equador — Andean nations. A charango lute: 10 strings in 5 courses. A dance. Another shot. Now to Argentina and the tango.
A classic pose. Grand finish. Evita and THE Broadway song. Argentine dance. Fire twirler. A gaucho thing? Mariachi of Mexico.
Trumpets are a given. Mexican dance. The audience loves mariachi. Now featuring Brazil with this Bahian band. Homage to Carmen Miranda. Another photograph of the Hollywood style.
Northeastern music and dance. The standard leather hat. Bahia and the martial art dance of capoeira. The forerunner to street brake and
hip- hop dancing
Candomblé of Salvor do Bahia. African spiritual origins.
Back to Carnival. More extravagance. Yes, a Conga Line. Final moments. . . .and so we fly back to the São Paulo airport to depart for home, again via Lima, Peru, to change planes.  Dinah remains here to visit cousins ,and Judith travels to Salvador to experience the Northeast and the Afro-Brazilian influences.


Obrigada, Brazil.

© 2012 Debra Jan Bibel


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