Today, we ventured to the Argentina side of Iguazu Falls. We drove for a while until we came close to the Brazil/Argentina border. Where the borders meet, there is a bridge, on one half of the bridge was green and yellow (Brazil) and the other side was blue and white (Argentina). When we stopped to take a photo, half the family was in Argentina, and the other half was still in Brazil. We crossed the border, and drove to the entrance where we would go on a hike over and around the falls. We began to walk over rivers and streams on these bridges that were constructed from iron grates that you could see through. It was a little frightening to see the water forcefully flowing beneath our feet.
Eventually we crossed one of the sections that was over water pouring over the falls! It was amazing being this close to where the water rushed over at such a violent speed and volume. Since we were so close, we could see how fast the water was flowing over the falls, and then pounding the water 60-100 feet below. It doesn’t seem as aggressive when you are far away viewing it from a distance, but up close it feels dangerous and precarious. Walking over Iguazu Falls was really exciting and beautiful.
The next thing we did today was take a helicopter tour of the falls. We all piled into the helicopter, and took off. We shot forward quickly and within 30 seconds we had a great view of the falls. We thought this was going to be a gentle ride like the other rides we had taken, but we were dead wrong. Our pilot practically turned our helicopter upside down! Then, when we finally got used to that, he did a free-fall, and we were so scared. This was very different from any of the other helicopter tours we have taken on this trip. After the craziness had died down, we got some amazing photos of the falls, and the rivers feeding it. We eventually headed back, touched down and all got out, feeling somewhat grateful to be on the ground once again. We had a great (but crazy) helicopter ride over Iguazu Falls.