From Rio to the Rainforest ? Or My 2.5 weeks in Brazil

Teddie Watts

Posted April 26, 2011 in: Travel 

Recently club member Teddie Watts traveled to South America the blog below tells about her trip and shares some images from the adventure.

From Rio to the Rainforest

Our grand adventure began at the intersection of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, where the Parana River joins the Iguazú River.  Prehistoric lava flows created tiers of rock that became 275 different waterfalls shared by Argentina and Brazil, as the Iguazú River separates the two countries.  The separation caused a bit of a delay, as we had to clear emigration/customs both going into Argentina and then going back into Brazil (but my passport got a new Argentina stamp).  A small train took us from the park entrance to the falls.

From Rio to the Rainforest

Brazilian people were so friendly; I was given this beautiful baby to hold on the train to the falls.


Our visit to the Iguazú Falls included both the Brazilian and the Argentinean sides of the falls.  Numerous, long catwalks are built on both sides providing close views of the great waterfalls.  Some catwalks were ¾ of a mile in length.  The sides fold down to protect them when the river floods.  This was one aspect of the trip that was hard to visualize.  When we went in March, at the start of the rainy season, the rivers were already high. (The Amazon and Rio Negro showed marks on the trees a good 9-10 feet higher than what we saw.)  Argentina had most of the catwalks while Brazil’s walks mostly focused on panoramas of the Argentinean side as well as close-ups of the thunderous Devil’s Throat.

From Rio to the Rainforest

Devil?s Throat: When Eleanor Roosevelt saw the falls she reportedly said, ?Poor Niagra.?

From Rio to the Rainforest

From Rio to the Rainforest

We had the opportunity to go on the Macuco Safari, a guided tour in the Brazilian Iguassu National Park. It involves a trip of 2 miles through the forest in open trucks followed by transferring to a safari-type 4-wheel drive truck to get down to the river.  After clambering down the riverbank and across a narrow, partially submerged ramp to a floating pier, we got into BIG lifejackets and into an inflatable boat.  The boat took us upstream to see the Devil?s Throat from the bottom of the falls.  We had magnificent perspectives of the falls.  Our boat cruised along the bottom of the falls—surrounded by them with the water hitting the end of the boat.  The noise was deafening and the movement of the water and heavy mist was awe-inspiring.  Actually it was more exciting than some folks expected, and one woman stood up and said, ?I have to get out of here!?   
This website includes videos of the falls from different locations. 

From Rio to the Rainforest

The day before the boat trip, a boat from the Argentine side of the falls hit a rock and capsized causing several deaths.  We could see the investigation of the accident from above.

From Rio to the Rainforest

This is our tour group.

From Rio to the Rainforest

Our three days in Iguazu went by quickly.  In the evenings after sightseeing we sat by the hotel pool and ate pizza, drank wine, and got acquainted.  On the third day, we left for Rio de Janeiro.

From Rio to the Rainforest

If you look hard, you can find Foz do Iguacu toward the bottom of the colored area.

From Rio to the Rainforest

Looks like a great trip - thanks for sharing Teddie!

About Teddie Watts - Teddie is relatively new to photography, in contrast to a lot of snapshot taking. A recent purchase of a SLR camera will require new learning and provide new experiences in trying to capture the essence of things. She is a grandmother and a retired Federal executive and adjunct professor, and is still consulting with government clients. She volunteers at the Calvert Marine Museum and plays on a trivia team every week and tries to make herself go to the gym to stay mobile. She lives on a creek so has lots of things to photograph year-round and has an iMac to play with her photos and print them. She is looking forward to new challenges and having the members of the CPC to share field trips and learn from.


Looks like a great trip Teddie! Thanks so much for sharing - can't wait to see where your next adventure takes you. Guy

Comment from Guy Stephens on April 26, 2011

Great job Teddie. Hope you'll give us all a photo presentation at one of the meetings to see all of your photos!

Comment from Bonnie on April 26, 2011

Thanks for posting these, Teddie. I was delighted to have shared the trip as your roommate. Your vivid photos really capture the drama generated by the Falls. Seeing them is like being at the parks again. I hope you'll post more.

Comment from Eileen English on April 28, 2011

What awesome Pictures! They draw you in and really give a 'feel' for the country as well as the people. Thank You for sharing.

Comment from Karrie Gonzalez on April 30, 2011

Hi Thea, Thanks for sending these photos and descriptions of our trip. Brought back wonderful memories! Are you writing a journal of the entire trip??? Let us know/see. From Ruth Travis, one of Teddie's/Thea's friends on the trip. April 29

Comment from Ruth Travis on April 30, 2011

Teddie - I am so envious. The trip sounds wonderful and the pictures are beautiful!

Comment from Jeff Kelly on May 01, 2011

Good job of capturing such a wonderful place on film. Did you see any coatimundis? Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Comment from Anne Newell on May 04, 2011

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