02.01.2010 - 02.01.2010 26 °C
We left Rio early this morning and travelled to Foz do Iguaca. Our flight few over Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande, where the mudslides occurred a few days ago. Our thoughts were with the residents of this area, hoping all is well. We met our guide Nelson and he suggested we head to Itaipu Dam today instead of adding it to our itinerary two days later. So off we went. Darwin provided Nelson with his Public Works Intrduction from CPWA to see if we could get a technical tour. We watched a short video on the dam and when we were finished, Nelson informed us a security officer would take us on the tour. He was not an engineer, but would at least show us some of the sights. It was amazing. We took lots of engineering photos and will post some later. What a neat experience. Darcy, much better than landfill tours.
We then headed to our hotel hotel das Cataratas. Kim did not tell us just how nice it was..., Talk about walking into a '50's classic hotel. Darwin summed it up - Hotel Coronado in San diego and the Beverly Hills Hotel combined. It is in the national park right at the falls and the pool here is fantastic. We enjoyed a quick swim and then skyped back home to mom/kim/kev and Lorraine/roy (good luck on Monday Roy, We will be thinking of you).
Off to bed early as we are going to visit the falls outside our front door at sunrise and then have tour of the falls from Argentina. this will be a fun day.