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Giant Rats and Butterflies but NO Toucans

Today was jungle walk day and I had a half price ticket for the Iguazu Park. Funny story though. Yesterday as I was leaving the park I noticed if you presented your ticket you could come the next day half price. If you read my previous blog you will remember how soaked I got. Well I reached into my pocket and pulled out the soggiest sorriest clump of paper, formerly known as the entrance ticket and gave it to the attendant.
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He took out a stapler and clipped on the discount coupon... gawd dont know how he did it. ( Mind you there was the formalities of having an identity document number to add to this coupon first.. ) It was pretty funny... just about as funny as when I had a beer and pulled out a wallet that I think fish could have lived in and paid with a sopping banknote.. ewwwww!!!! poor waitress.
So I got up earlyish eyed out the attendants putting out deck chairs next to the pool and the gorgeous sunny day and went ahead to the park in the hope of seeing toucans. I was armed with my newly purchased rain pants ( one of the items I forgot to pack.. but bought a pair of vastly superior quality to the ones left behind).
Well got to Iguazu and went on my walk and it was wonderful.
Saw a lot of incredible butterflies and spend mosquito bitten hours photographing them. Apparantly I bought Ben´s mosquito attractant when I thought I was buying repellant.. either that or Argentine mosquitos are attracted to the smell that Canadian mosquitos hate?

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I also saw a large rat like thingy.. yeah I DON¨T know the name.. I know it isn´t the worlds biggest rodent.. but gawd it looks like it.. anyone know the name of this beast?

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At the end of the hike there was a beautiful falls, the name of which I should remember.. but don´t.. but nevertheless I got a nice young couple to take my photo.. and they didn´t run off with my camera... yahooo!!!

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On my way back.. I was thouroughly entertained by the sound of lightning.. yeah.. great claps of thunder... helped me increase my stride.. after a thourough soaking the day before I was in no mood for more... on and on I trudged.. then when the drops started.. and the thunder roared.. I thought naaa it wont.. then more rain.. and then I said to myself.. this is it.. then it came down.. so on with the rain gear and I had my new waterproof hikers on.. I was totally dry from the rain.. BUT I had my own personal sauna in the waterproof gear and the 30 degree temperature.. definite beer inducing.
SO I hoofed it out of there.. on the way out came accross an argentine couple with a young girl all wearing flip flops.. asking how long to the end.. they seemed to continue.. mmm can´t be a great experience for the young girl for sure.
WHen I got back to town after a 1/2 wait for the bus and a further 1/2 hour ride I treated myself to a quart of beer ( 650cc) and a lomo criollo sandwich at the bus station grill ( egg and sirloin steak sandwich with cheese). It was to die for.. what a great sandwich...
So as I write this blog in my book before typing it I am now sitting next to the pool at the hotel after a great swim and sunning myself in the newly cleared sky.. but my heavens it muggy.... after two days of rain and 30 degree weather you gotta believe is so bloody muggy..
Í had a bird tour booked for tomorrow morning but the guide got a private tour and hassled the hotel staff here who were trying to help me book it.. so no bird watching... SADNESS here.. for sure. So will hang out and relax tomorrow.. I´ll also write a blog on some of the experiences I have had so far.. the ones that stand out..
hasta luego
ciao caio

Posted by Suraza 13:22

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