Chapter 7: Flying high
17.03.2016 - 23.03.2016 90 °F
On the morning of our second day in Iguazu, we took a thrilling helicopter ride down the Iguazu river and over the falls. Neither of us had ever been on a helicopter joyride before, so we were both pretty pumped.
Sarah made friends with the staff as soon as we got to the helipad, with the express purpose of getting the prime seat up front next to the pilot, with the best views and the glass floor beneath her feet.
Nathan sat behind the pilot - the next best seat in the house - and the experience was just as exhilarating!
If seeing the falls from the ground and the water was spectacular, taking in the massiveness of wonder from the birdseye view of the helicopter was the only thing that could have topped the first day's experience:
We even literally got to go over the rainbow!
Throughout the ride, watching Sarah squeal with delight at every turn and swoop was just about as enjoyable as the thrill of the helicopter and the view of the falls themselves. Here's just a brief clip of her shenanigans, (including an inexplicable rendition of the Indiana Jones theme song):
After coming down from the helicopter ride, both literally and figuratively, we headed to Iguazu's next major attraction: The Parque das Aves. This park has the largest parrot aviary in the world, and is home to 1100+ animals and 140+ species of birds, over half of which were rescued from mistreatment and trafficking.
The coolest part about the park is that you can walk through half a dozen aviaries and actually get up close with the birds inside.
And it's not just birds, there are plenty of reptiles, fish, and amphibians too.
There is a even a barboletario, or butterfly house, that allows you to walk among hundreds of butterflies.
Here are a couple of our other favorite photos from the park:
As the day of our helicopter/bird park adventure happened to fall on March 17, we couldn't help but complete our journey with a stop off at the local Iguazu watering hole for a mighty beer tower. Sarah did great work toppling it all by herself