There are some days in a long trip that really stand out. Today was one of them. Iguazu Falls is a very special place. The falls straddle the Argentina/Brazil border. We stayed at the Sheraton on the Argentina side, and had a room overlooking the falls in the distance. The view from our room was fantastic! Our day started early with us meeting our guide, Rodrigo, at the hotel. He took us on a hike of about 1 kilometer out to the upper trail. We walked above some of the most beautiful falls I have ever seen, but this was only the appetizer. Next we took a 1.5 kilometer walk out to the Garganta del Diablo (the “throat of the devil”) and this was the Big One! Over one million liters of water a second going over this baby. They had a catwalk that took us out over the precipice and the spray from hundreds of feet below would catch the wind and blow back and soak everyone. Tauck had a photographer there who took our picture. The sound of the water was absolutely deafening! It was great! After our second hike we made a stop for lunch and then took another 1.5 kilometer hike (these were adding up) to the lower trail. This was the bottom of the falls we had been to first this morning. After lunch it was time to get really up close and personal with these giant waterfalls. We booked a jungle excursion and boat ride at the base of the falls. The drive through the jungle in a truck didn’t amount to much, but the boat ride was totally worth the price of admission! They loaded us into these big zodiac-style boats, and we blasted up the rapids toward the falls. We circled around the bases of the falls, and felt the power of the water thundering just a few yards away. This gave us a chance to take some fabulous pictures. Then we got the “cameras away” instruction and we loaded everything into water proof bags they had issued us and we were on our way into the base of the falls! Our boat captain skillfully took us right to the edge of where the water was falling. Only a couple of feet more and the boat would have been swamped. The amount of water washing over us was incredible. You could barely breathe with all the water in the air. It was a total rush! The next day on our way to the airport in Brazil, we got a chance to see the falls from the Brazilian side. On that side, there were views that weren’t visible from the Argentinian side but in Brazil they didn’t have the elaborate system of walkways that let you see the falls (above and below) from up close. We did get a chance to walk out on a walkway and get a different perspective on the Devil’s Throat (and a little spray in the process). The border crossing into Brazil was easy. Our tour guide was able to take everyone’s passports in and have them processed on both the Argentinian side and the Brazilian side, so we didn’t even have to leave the air-conditioned bus. With that little chore out of the way we were off to the airport and headed to Rio de Janeiro.