Saturday, November 24, 2012

2012 South America Adventures: iguazu Falls, A Natural Wonder

Devil's Throat
 
Let your soul be satisfied
with the odd beauty of this landscape
that although the world walk in truth
you'll never find, like this, nothing.
 
Good and bad, dynamic and changing
find here, from its name,
keep in your heart of man humble
a true and consistent message
 
Meditate and feel the deep emotion
contemplating the vibrant climax
eternal mist that is circled.
 
And do not try to describe it in your voice
only he leans his forehead against the abyss
is the mirror of the word God.
 
~ Alfonso Ricciutto

Yesterday, although it was raining heavily I decided that I just had to see Devil's Throat Falls, which is the largest falls in Iguazu.  To get there I had to walk about 15 minutes from my hotel to the Cataratas train station.  Here you hop on this small train (which is free) to this drop off point.  From here I had to walk along the metal catwalk which was about 30-40 minutes or so because it was really slippery in the rain.

As I got closer, I could sense something very special.  Well, I could hear it too! :)  Garganta del Diablo was letting me know that I was about to see something that I have never seen before. And Garganta is right. 
 
I simply have no words to describe what I saw so I thought I would allow Alfonso Ricciutto and my video to do it for me.



Trekcapri's 2012 South America Adventures - Devil's Throat Iguazu Falls Argentina from Kathy Colobong on Vimeo.

Today, I will catch a flight back to Buenos Aires. And tomorrow I really have to do some laundry, catch up on my blog and then get ready for my La Boca Jr. Soccer game tour.  I was sent an e-mail with instructions on what colors not to wear as they are the opposing team's colors. I'm pretty excited about the experience and am glad that I am going with a tour guide. 
 
I want to say thank you very much to everyone who have read my blog and who have commented. I'm sorry that I haven't had a chance to comment back regularly but I do appreciate your kind words...Annie, Sandra, YTSL, Marta and my twitter friends Girasoli and Maya and to everyone who follow me. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying your long Holiday weekend.

 

6 comments:

  1. Kathy, I'm really enjoying tagging along on your trip! The falls look spectacular (and the sound of the water must have been deafeningly cool!)

    Your upcoming soccer tour sounds very intriguing, I can't wait to hear more about that!

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    1. Hi Sandra, thanks so much. I appreciate your company both in person and on the internet so I am happy you came along. :)

      The soccer game was unlike any sports event I've attended. The fans are really devoted to their team and their team delivered with a win. I'll have to post a video I took to show a little of what I experienced.

      Thanks so much.

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  2. WOW! So amazingly beautiful. Your video is awesome. I'm so glad you got to experience this - thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    I'm looking forward to hearing about the soccer game too. And can't wait to hear about the Tango you tweeted about! It sounds like you are having such a great time. I'll be curious to learn how this trip compares to the others you've taken.

    Have fun!

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    1. Hi Annie, I must have been posting while you commented. :)

      The soccer game was off the hook. I was just in awe with the enthusiasm of the fans. Laker fans seem like their are asleep compared to La Boca fans. :) They were climbing the fence, jumping up and down. I shot a really great video which I will post when I get home. It really captures the essense of what it was like to be there. I think you'll enjoy it. The tango was pretty cool too. It was like broadway production type of show in a big venue but I really enjoyed the dancing and it had a kind of storyline to it as well and some comedy as well as live singing and an orchestra.

      That's a great question about how this trip compares to others. Being my first time in South America I found the experience pretty much the same as other places. The culture is different but the process is pretty much the same from a Traveler's perspective. Buenos Aires is a big, gritty city and I love it here, but it does not represent Argentina as a whole. I'm really glad that I added day trips to Patagonia and Iguazu just to have a different experience other than city life. Doing that I feel definitely gives me a more well rounded appreciation of Argentina. Would I travel here again, I would love to and to see other areas like further south in Patagonia would be nice. And I would love to visit other countries in South America too. But do I like it better than lets say, Italy. I would have to say that I love Italy more and will always want to return there and I feel the same way about Spain and Europe in general. Argentina and South America to me is exotic and intriguing and if given the time, money and opportunity I would love to return again. But not before I return to Italy and Spain again first. :)

      Thanks so much for liking my video and photos and for your kind comments. Hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving.

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  3. Hi Kathy --

    Thanks for the shout out. Re Iguasu Falls: have you seen "Happy Together", a movie directed by Wong Kar Wai in which those falls prominently figure? :)

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    1. Hi YTSL, I have not see Happy Together, thanks for the tip, I shall look for the movie on Netflix. It must have been something to film there. Even in the pouring rain, I was just so glued to the falls not wanting to leave. I can see how it would make for great movie backdrop.

      Thanks so much for the recommendation. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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