The dorm turned out to be ok. The other 4 people staying in the same dorm were very respectful. They went to bed after us and were very quiet, same in the morning. I didn’t even hear them waking up. This is great. When we got up around 9am they were already gone! We had breakfast by the swimming pool which was very nice. The breakfast was very poor comparing to what we had in other hostel until now. We didn’t have much of a choice. Bread and jam. Tea or coffee. Very disappointing when you see the size of this place. They must make a lot of money with the prices they charge for everything else.
Anyway, we got ready and took a bus to the Falls. We had to pay 100Pesos each to get into the park. The place is huge and many options to choose from. We decided to follow two different circuits. The 1st one being the Garganta del Diablo. We took a bus and then a mini train (told you the place is freaking huge). When we got off the train we followed the trail to the falls. About 1.5km. We had to walk in the middle of the jungle on a bridge above the water. Super nice! We spotted a couple of huge fishes swimming around, and even a mini alligator.
The falls were amazing to look at. It’s so impressive. Breathtaking, not sure how you could ever describe something that is so amazing. Nothing like anything you’ve seen before and certainly not like the Niagara falls.
But man, the experience was a bit spoiled by all the other tourists who all seemed like they lost their senses and forgot how to behave in public. Everyone was pushing around to take their freaking picture. Dude, you are standing at one of the most beautiful places in the word, relax, take a deep breath and wait for your turn. People tend to forget that it’s not about the picture. Try to absorb first what you are seeing. Try to enjoy it.
But it seemed that nothing else mattered but the picture.
Something else that I didn’t like is people asking you to take a picture. I don’t mind taking a picture, I understand, we do it sometimes. But what I hate is other people asking you when you are at it. Arnaud took a picture of this couple, another couple asked him straight after, and so did another one. WTF? I just don’t get how people think sometimes… Or Am I just being a pain in the butt?
Anyway, we went back to where we started and took another circuit. We stopped for lunch and were surrounded by coaties, all trying to steal food from everyone. Very weird animal.
The second circuit was also really good and had a different view of the falls. We loved that wherever you go you are always in the middle of the jungle and there is always something going on. Birds and butterflies flying everywhere, smaller falls here and there. Not to forget a bunch of idiots all the way around.
We loved the whole experience, but it got really hot by the end of the afternoon, and we got so tired, we decided to make it back to the hostel. We probably missed a lot of other cool places. We debated on whether we should go on the boat and goo under the falls, but it was another 125$ per person. It didn’t seem like it was really worth it.
We got back to the hostel around 6.30. We heard there was a Tango show and BBQ at 8, and decided to register. Paid 45$ each. Quiet expenses but at least we didn’t have to go back to the city centre to get some food and cook. We then jumped straight in the swimming pool, it was so refreshing at last!
Later on we had dinner, NOT GREAT! The show was alright but not great either! We’ve seen better for free in Buenos Aires. We didn’t even stay until the end, went back by the pool and had a drink. We heard two guys speaking French and went to sit with them. Both from Toulouse, very nice! We had a great time sharing our travelling stories. Around 00.30 I decided to go to bed and wasn’t feeling good at all. I don’t know if it’s the food or the heat. I slept the moment I put my head on the pillow and felt good again this morning. Piouf… I was so scared that it might have been food poisoning or something bad like this!
The rip off of the day: I forgot to mention that we should have brought our own food and water. A small bottle of water, 3$ in a supermarket was sold there for 15$!!! You better drink it straight because after a couple of minutes it’s boiling hot!