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The Inland Lighthouse of Iguazu

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Blissful Adventurers, the people who recently brought you the exciting Patagonian Production of 'The Lighthouse at the End of The World", now present their latest epic...(cue uplifting music)"... “The Inland Lighthouse of The Iguazu Jungle"...Ta-Da...”
While some people may question the idea of building a lighthouse in the tropical jungle some 300 kilometres from the nearest ocean and 1,000 feet above sea level, the Argentinians maybe onto something here. How many other countries are far-sighted enough to prepare for the extreme effects of global warming?

This remote part of South America sits at a crossroads between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina where multiple watercourses from the Brazilian wetlands converge. The climate is hot and humid and the jungles thick with almost impenetrable vegetation...
The verdant canopy of orchids, bromeliads, vines and palms of all kinds block out the fierce noonday sun and provide cover for animals like the coatimundi..
and perches for numerous exotic birds...
However, this 'jungle' is actually the garden of our current hostelry in the small city of Puerto Iguazu. The real jungle is in the national park on the outskirts of the city where every day thousands of people from all over the globe come to marvel at the World's greatest water spectacle – the Iguazu Falls...
Higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria, the Iguazu Falls are made up of nearly 300 cataracts that cascade over an escarpment some 270 feet high. When Eleanor Roosevelt visited the falls she apparently exclaimed, “Poor Niagara”. The falls are so vast that it takes hours to walk their length and a narrow gauge railway took us to the viewpoint overlooking the biggest – the “Devil's Throat”...
Just as it was impossible to truly convey the majesty of the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia so too the Iguazu Falls...
With hundreds of cataracts seemingly pouring out of the sky and thundering into the valley below all we can do is watch this wonder of nature and say – where on earth did all this water come from?...
...and where is it going?
Now our time in Argentina is at an end and although we can see Paraguay across the river we must leave it for another time. Our next stop is Rio de Janeiro and the beaches of Copacabana. Meet you there in a few days.


Posted by Hawkson 13:44 Archived in Argentina

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Fabulous photos you two, especially the one of your good selves. Looks like a fabulous trip!

by Bronwyn

Spectacular. I am planning to be a light house keeper in False Creek after your post. Mind you - I may not be high up enough.

What a gorgeous site.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Love the photo of you two at the Falls! Best one yet. Hasta Pronto!

by Joyce

Wow! I remember how in awe I was at first seeing Niagara Falls. Hard to imagine them as a poor second to the Iguazus. Hope you managed to get a video clip of them.

by R and B

so beautiful these photos, although you do get a little help from nature.

by Janet Vickers

What an extraordinary sight - "poor Niagara" indeed! You two look wonderful, relaxed and fit and tanned.

by Ginny

What a trip!!! All that you have seen and experienced and the two of you have never looked better. What travellers you are in the truest sense of the word. And I will give a nod to the origins of that grape...keep on capturing these moments. We are the beneficiaries. Thank you.

by Trudy

Wow! That is a lot of water. Where is it all going? Gabriola? Italy? Maybe. Look forward to the Rio posts.

by Tom

Wow! Spectacular indeed. Thanks once again for so generously sharing your travels with us. Any ID on the exotic bird?

by Alison Fitzgerald

Incredible falls! But did you ever find out the story of the lighthouse?
Great to seeing you both looking so tanned and fit and not the least travel weary!
Shelley Tillemans

by still_forr

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