Iguazu: most beautiful waterfall in the world!
We went to Brazil at the beginning of 2010, so that:
- my husband could attend a conference in Foz de Iguazu;
- I could visit the country finally;
- we could escape the cold winter weather in Austria;
- and finally, so the two of us could celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary together!
This was not the first time we went to see famous cataracts, as we had already seen Niagara Falls when we first got together in 1988 and I was still living in Santo Domingo. Then a few years later we had to go to South Africa, so we did not miss theopportunity to visit Zimbabwe and the Victoria Falls. This time the falls would be in South America, so that had special significance for me!
Bourbon Cataratas Convention Hotel
We first flew to Sao Paulo and then continued on to Foz de Iguazu, where we stayed at the Bourbon Cataratas Convention Hotel. There were school holidays in Brazil at the time and we could not fail but notice how much attention children received in our hotel. They were constantly being entertained and it was not surprising to see clowns walking around the place, being followed by groups of children of all ages. Kids were taken on walks along the garden paths behind the hotel and games were organized for them in the swimming pool, or one of the areas nearby. Activities were also organized for them in the evening and many people were happy to sit and watch them.
It was also very pleasant to sit in the pool bar, drinking caipirinhas, or having lunch, while one watched all the people and activity around us. We also went for walks along the many paths near the hotel and it was most pleasant, as there was much greenery and shade from the tropical sun.
The first night in Foz we went for a walk and took a bus to go to a Churrasqueria, (Brazilian barbecue), which was recommended to us by the hotel. We sat at a long table and the first thing we noticed was the big salad bar nearby. Later on a waiter came around with some barbecued meat on a kind of skewer and he served us of the freshly cooked meat. He kept returning and every time he brought along a different kinds of delicious meat to please every taste. Whatever the kind of meat, they were all well seasoned and perfectly cooked. One time he man also came around with a big barbecued pineapple, which had been rolled in cinnamon and the taste was delicious, so sweet and juicy!
But that was not the end of it all, later came the desserts and that was really something else, as there was a special table especially for them! We all ate too much of course, but the surprise came at the end when we asked for the bill! We could not believe the price could have been so reasonable!
Interesting links about Iguazu and Itaipu
We were usually picked up by bus to go to the conference area, but there was extreme security there, so we always had to take our I.D’s along with us, as we were very close to the Itaipu Dam. We had coffee and biscuits with the conference participants and afterwards we could sit outside in the shade to talk. It was that way that I discovered that Vanessa, the girlfriend of one of my husband’s assistants, could speak not only perfect English, but Spanish as well! I also found out that she worked as a translator, so we had many things in common, but it was funny having to come all the way to Iguazu to find this out!
I am no engineer, but I was fascinated by the immensity and scale of Itaipu, which is the largest hydroelectric scheme in the world. This tour also gave me the opportunity to add another country to my list, as I was able to stand in Paraguayan territory for a few minutes and I didn’t even need a passport! The dam was breathtaking, but especially so in the evening, when it was lighted up especially for us overseas visitors! There was also a band playing music, Brazilian drinks and an assortment of interesting people from all over the world!
That is what is so interesting about going to these engineering meetings; they always seem to pay a lot of attention to social activities! One evening we had to go to a large hotel and there they gave us the most beautiful caipirinhas, while some cooks prepared a gigantic barbeque outside on the lawn! We then went in to have our meal and found that they also had a band playing dance music! Brazilian drinks, Brazilian food and Brazilian music! Talk about enjoyment!