Two Handfuls of Coatimundi

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A throng of coatimundi (I count 10) rooting for grubs near one of the viewpoints of Iguazu Falls. Taken yesterday on our last morning in Brazil. (click to enlarge)

Bird Park

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Elsa with a tame macaw at the Parque de Aves in Iguazu.

We're flying home this afternoon, via São Paulo and Detroit, arriving tomorrow morning.

Dam and Bird Park

On our last full day in Brazil, we were guided to two exceptional sites.

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A section of Itaipu dam with power lines. A joint project of Brazil and Paraguay, it is claimed to generate more power than any other hydroelectric installation in the world.

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Toucan in the Parque de Aves bird park, just outside Iguazu National Park. It's a very fine facility.

Two Rivers and Three Countries

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We're standing in Argentina. Straight ahead on the left is the Parana River and Paraguay. To the right and in the middle distance is the Iguazu River and Brazil. Note the boundary where the rivers merge.

On the Iguazu River

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We spent most of the day on the Argentina side of Iguazu Falls, including a boat ride up to and through some of the bigger torrents. Here's what it looked like from our boat as our twin was about to get drenched. We were next!

Iguazu Falls

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We're now in a very spiffy hotel just a brief walk from the falls. This scene, impressive though it may be, is just a small part of these massive falls. Tomorrow we go to the Argentina side and take a boat to get baptized in the church of the overwhelming environment.

Rio Neighborhood

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Yesterday we took a long walking tour of central Rio and adjacent neighborhoods. The area approaching the Santa Teresa neighborhood has a profusion of decorated walls. Here's Elsa with one, though with tags rather than more decorative graffiti.

This morning we're flying from Rio to Iguassu, to spend three days at the falls. More to come.

Rio Bookseller

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Clerk in a bookstore in Rio de Janeiro.

Tijuca Dragons

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On the roof of the pavilion at Chinese Vista in Tijuca Park, Rio de Janeiro.

To the Top of Tijuca

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The final steps (110 of them) to the peak of Tijuca, the highest peak in the national park of the same name in Rio de Janeiro - supposedly the largest urban park in the world.

View from Sugarloaf

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Jesus and His Disciples

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The famous mountaintop statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro attracts big crowds. Many of them seem to think that crucifixion is fun.