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Foz do Iguaçu

I took a weekend trip to the gigantic waterfalls that lie on the borders between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay:  Foz do Iguaçu (in Portuguese), or Iguazu/Iguassu Falls (in English).  On the Brazilian side I took my first-ever helicopter ride.

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I figured this would be a pretty spectacular view to see from a helicopter.  It was!

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Then I walked around the Brazilian side of the park, which is generally agreed to have better landscape views of the falls:

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I also took a boat ride under one of the 275 waterfalls.  It was even better than a water park ride!

The next day I visited the Argentina side of the falls, which is awesome because you can get closer to some of the waterfalls – right out on top of one of them.

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Seeing and hearing and feeling the power of so much water moving through one place, on either side of the border, was amazing.

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I just got back from a week in the Dominican Republic with my good friend Maura.  One of the things I really wanted to do there was visit the 27 waterfalls.  So we did!

Step 1:  Buy a ticket, then get a life jacket, helmet, and guide.
Our guide was Gary.  He was great.

Step 2:  Hike for an hour or so through muddy forest trails to get to the top of all the falls (success!).  Try not to be eaten by mosquitoes along the way (fail).

Step 3:   Jump off some waterfalls.

Step 4:  Slide down some waterfalls.

Step 5:  Convince Maura the water isn’t as cold as it first seems and she will actually have some fun doing this.

Step 6:  Jump, slide, and wade your way through the rest of the waterfalls.

It was a ton of fun.  And as an added bonus, our awesome guide Gary even took some video of us going down one of the falls.  Vamanos!

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