This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprise.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I just came back from a three-weeks’ trip to South America. This was a trip that we all considered as the most beautiful one, with the most beautiful sceneries. We traveled with a group of friends who have traveled around the world and have seen many beautiful things. Yet, we all think that this is the most beautiful trip. We have all been to the Niagara Falls, and have seen glaciers in Alaska. None of these is comparable to the beauty we saw this time. It is a surprise to me particularly, as I usually look for objects and subjects of cultural nature when I travel. This trip did not include visits to art museums, and there were no concerts (although there were shows), but I enjoyed it so much that I also surprised myself.
On this post, I would like to feature the Iguazu Falls. The Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of Brazil and Argentina. We went to see the views on both sides of the borders. In Brazil, we saw the grand overview. In Argentina, we got to see the closer look. I am posting here a short movie which I made from a number of short video clips. I took these videos with my iPhone at both Brazilian and Argentina borders of the Iguazu Falls. This is my first attempt to produce a combined video like this, with music provided by you-tube video editor. The outcome is surprisingly good.
There was an exciting part of the excursion to the Iguazu Falls but I was unable to take pictures. It was the boat ride to the bottom of the Falls. We were all wearing rain gears. My friend (thank you, JL) particularly bought some beautiful cute rain coats for me and our small group of friends. However, none of us was dry after the boat ride. All of us were wet from top to bottom, inside and outside. We were forbidden to take the camera out to take photos. Everything we brought were put into a zipped bag provided to each of us. The boat went at high-speed with all of us shouting and crying in excitement. This was a direct contact with the strong power of nature, and definitely an unforgettable experience. If you think that it is something like the boat rides on the Niagara Falls, which are easy, you’d better be more prepared for this one!
No doubt the Iguazu Falls are one of the great natural wonders of the world. As I described in the movie posted on you-tube, none of the videos or photos (even if they are created by professionals), would do justice to the beauty of the Iguazu Falls. We all need to be there to see, to listen, and to feel. I was happy that I was there. I came, I saw, I was conquered!
I am also posting some photos of the Iguazu Falls in slideshow and tiles gallery for your view. I will periodically post other photos and video of this South America trip as well. Please stay tuned for my future posts on this blog. There will also be a food section on my food blog. Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy the sceneries of the Iguazu Falls. Gracias!