Barb Cook’s Iguassu Falls Adventure

 

There were 52 individuals of many nationalities and walks of life on our adventure into the Iguassu Falls National Parks in Brazil and Argentina.  It was a very memorable journey off the ship into the interior to see one of the outstanding wonders of the world – the widest water falls, but actually, it is a series of 275 different falls.

The views we saw, the experiences we shared, the knowledge we acquired, the friends we made, and the physical challenges from heat and humidity (over 100 degrees F. with 95% humidity) are all memories worth keeping and sharing.

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The meals were all excellent and lots of us ate more than we probably should have, but we just had “to taste” the delicious dishes and specialty items that were offered even if we did not know what they were.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Rio de Jainero

 

Rio de Jainero

The cities we visited (Rio de Janerio, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Montevideo, Uruguay) ranged in population from one to eight million people, had tall skyscrapers and sandy beaches, with evidence of both prosperity and poverty perched on the edge of mountains and/or hugging the sea. Renovation was evident, but so were homeless people sleeping on the streets.

 

Rio de Jainero

The icing on the cake for me was a visit to a working ranch in the countryside outside Montevideo. When the bus arrived at Estancia Renacimiento, a mounted senorita and gauchos met us. Wagon, carriage and horseback rides were offered and lots of pictures were taken as we toured the ranch. A rain-filled irrigation pond was their only source of water.  They live in a 10 year-old home, originally build by a couple as a honeymoon getaway. For the last 35 years this couple has raised sheep, cattle, turkeys, geese, corn, soybeans, and alfalfa hay.  They have fifty horses, operate a small hotel and offer farm tours and facilities for weddings, reunions and other social events.

After four days, three airline flights, two hotel stays, several bus rides, and too many customs checks, we were glad to return to the ship to get some rest.  But one last surprise awaited us. As our bus pulled up to the gangway, there stood a line of uniformed, white-gloved waiters, complete with glasses of champagne, to welcome us back on board.  A perfect ending to a wonderful adventure.

Welcome Home the Cunard Way

 

 

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7 Responses to “Barb Cook’s Iguassu Falls Adventure”

  1. This is the first time I have gotten on this site and I’m so glad I did. Just excellent Barb, it looks like you are having a wonderful adventure. I’ll be sharing with the historical commission group tomorrow.

  2. Barb,

    You look so great! I hope that the trip is full of adventure and fun, I am so happy for yo and enjoy showing Mug’s all the picture and reading the Blog’s to her.. Hope you know that you have a few angles watching out for you , BE CAREFUL! Love and keep the pictures coming! WHAT A TRIP!

  3. Janet is here visiting us in Florida. We loved seeing all of your wonderful pictures and hearing about your four day adventure. Again, thanks so much for sharing all of this with us!

  4. Wonderful pictures. So glad you could take this trip! We are staying tuned for your adventures in Cape Town.

  5. I couldn’t access the photographs either! Very disappointing – because as we all know: “One photograph is worth a thousand words”. I am so eager to see the photographs of Barbara’s trip to the finca. continue having fun!

  6. Mary Ann Rozzell January 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Pics from Rio missing. Water Falls are spectacular.

  7. What a great feeling to return “home” to “your ship”. Nothing quite like a Cunard Red Funnel and a Welcome Home sign over the gangway AND the champagne welcome. The slide shows of the falls (2nd group of pics) are great but i CAN’T ACCESS THE OTHER PICS. I use MAC but also tried it on PC, nada. Will check back again in a few days. Great report Barbara and can only imagine the visit to the finca. Enjoy those leisurely Sea Days & now Cape Town around the corner. Have fun girls! Joy & Skip

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