Maybe those water droplets were boiling. The temperature was 100.4 F (38 C). Yes 38 degrees! The heavy mist of water rolling off the falls was a welcome and cooling respite from the very hot temperature, even though it evaporated quickly. We arrived early in the morning and stayed all day, and even that wasn't long enough to see everything.
There are miles and miles of hiking trails through the rain forest that surrounds the waterfalls and each time you come around a corner, you are dazzled with yet another striking waterfall or group of waterfalls raging down the rock walls.
We walked and walked in the heat, amazed and impressed at every turn, up steep steps and down curving paths, but in the 38 degree C temperature, we soon began to get weak. We had run out of water some time ago. Water, we needed water, but none was near. Huh! Water all around us and not a drop to drink.
We finally spotted a little sitting area up an embankment, and stumbled up to rest. Panting, we sat admiring the incredible views. Suddenly D whispered urgently,
Frightened, I imagined the worst. Some horrific insect or spider, a wild animal.. what??? I froze.
She was fumbling with her camera. Slowly and carefully, I turned my head in the direction the camera was pointed. I froze again. There, a foot from my leg was a gigantic lizard! Sitting at least a foot high, and three feet long, he seemed quite at ease, his big eyes looking at me with great curiosity.
Of course the lizard was curious. He must have wondered what these strange animals were doing in his rain forest home. After a bit, he looked simply bored, and wandered off into the rain forest.
Shortly after that we found a man selling water... sweet luxurious water.
Big beautiful butterflies the size of an open hand flitted around everywhere: azure blue, emerald green, brilliant yellow and neon pink, striped, polka-dot and cartoon-ish.
Most of them were too fast for us to get a photo, but in this little wooded area, this much smaller butterfly seemed quite happy to sit on your knee or on your shoe, or share your sandwich!
Further around the falls, we took a boat tour to the mighty and perilous Devil's Throat, directly under the magnificent Iguazu Falls.
It was a wild and exhilarating experience where we screamed blue murder as we went over boiling whitewater, got soaked under the falls, and took sharp turns where the boat turned on it's side just as we were about to go under the falls.
Notice how tiny the people are standing on the cliff, and the boat, compared to the huge waterfall.