Fly to world heritage listed Iguazu Falls and tour the Parque das Aves to see the rare and colourful birds up close
12.02.2015 - 12.02.2015
Relaxed morning and later breakfast, then back to our room to pack for our flight to Iguazu Falls. Bags out at 12 noon and we leave for the airport at 1.00 pm. We have a two hour flight to Iguazu and should be settled into our hotel by dinner time. 23 kgs for our luggage on this flight, so we should be okay. Fingers crossed.
The news of the day is that a Tasmanian fishing boat is stuck in the ice in Antarctica and ships are on the way to rescue it.
We left the hotel at 1.00 pm sharp and arrived at the Rio Domestic Terminal 45 minutes later. Heidi handed out our boarding passes and we queued up to check our bags in. We were both just over 23 kgs, which was fine. After we had all checked in, we went through security, which was very couth. You wait in line until you are called over and then proceed with the security check calmly and slowly, without some stranger on your tail, trying to hurry you up. It was all quite painless. We went and sat in the terminal with Di and Peter from Brisbane and Gerry and Margaret from Bundaberg. We bought a pastry snack from the little shop and waited the hour and a half until boarding.
When the flight was called, we started to line up in lines for seats 1 to 14 and 15 to 29. A nice young girl came up to me and told me that there was another line for people over sixty so we hopped on that line and boarded first. Isn't it nice that Brazil looks after its geriatrics? When we found our seats, the hostie hurried up to us to help us put our cabin bags up. Very nice. Also as we were disembarking, the hostie asked if she could carry my carry-on for me. Great treatment!
It was raining when we arrived and has been raining for weeks, which is probably good because the Iguazu Falls gets its water from the rain, not melting snow.
This is Marlene who broke her knee cap getting off the cable car at Sugar Loaf mountain, being wheeled into the terminal.
Our hotel, the Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas, Iguassu Falls is a lovely old Spanish hacienda. It is the only hotel in the national park, within easy walking distance of the falls. The park is only open to the public between 9am and 6pm, so we can wander down to see the falls prior to the public arriving.
Our room is quite small in comparison to the Copacabana, but is very nice and nicely decorated in keeping with the style of the building.
The view from our window.
We were all settled in by 7.30 pm and dinner was booked for 8pm. Dinner was in a lovely room by the pool and was a buffet and absolutely everything was there to choose from. Lovely. Wine is a bit expensive, so we had a beer. At dinner, an immense tiredness came over me so after we had finished eating, we came back to the room, I had a lovely relaxing bath and went to sleep the minute my head hit the pillow at 10.15 pm.