Iguazú Falls, Misiones, Argentina

My trip to Misiones was undoubtedly the most beautiful excursion I had ever embarked on.

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We visited caves, mines, gardens, and wildlife preserves. We stood on a hill and were able to see the lands of Brazil and Paraguay all from Argentina.

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The falls were incredible. No, they were more than that. Mesmerizing. Captivating. Enthralling. You might think a few pictures does enough to capture the beauty of a World Wonder. Or maybe a video does the trick. But neither do. The sight of La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat) was without a doubt the most beautiful sight I had ever seen.

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We were bundled by the bridge suspended just above the 80 kilometer fall, awed at the continuous fall of water, the deafening sound of its fall. The experience was like no other. With butterflies dancing around me wherever I looked, I stared at that waterfall for a long time. Enough time to bore my eyes into it, feeling as though I were the water itself: falling, crashing, spewing misty droplets up into the air, again and again and again.

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Grand Cayman Island

Grand Cayman Island is beautiful, and absolutely stunning. It is no wonder many people are drawn to the island to scuba dive or snorkel, because the wildlife is incredible. We took a trip to the Turtle Farm around Georgetown to be able to wade in with the sea turtles, and watch them swim. It was unbelievable to see the varying shapes and sizes of the sea turtles; some were as large as a desk, and some were as small as the palm of your hand. We were fortunate enough to be able to watch the big ones swim about, and be able to wade around and even pick up the baby turtles.

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In addition to the turtles, you can go to Rum Pointe, at the North side of the island, and hop on a sail boat that will take you out onto a sand bar full of stingrays. Similar to the turtles, they come in all sizes. Regardless of the size, however, they are extremely friendly and are eager to swim along the sandbar with you. Some of the employees on the sailboat will be in the water, feeding baby squid to the stingrays, and will give you some if you ask for it. The experience was absolutely unforgettable. There were multiple times where we held the stingrays in our arms, with their wings flapping gently in the water. Certainly an unforgettable experience. If you ever get the chance, do not hesitate to swim with stingrays.

If you prefer to avoid the Stingray City tour or the Turtle Farm, there is plenty of wildlife and ocean creatures you can encounter on your own time. Starfish Pointe, for example, is a great example. Through the crystal clear water, you may find the vibrant “fish”. As you hold them, their suction cup-like skin stick to your fingers.

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The downside, however, are the hostile jellyfish that also occupy Starfish Pointe. They may not be the most popular ocean creature at the exhibit, but a good many of them do live there, regardless of their popularity to us humans. As long as you stay near the visible starfish, though, you should be safe from their pungent pains.

Regardless of which species of wildlife you decide to explore at Grand Cayman Island, every single one is absolutely worth the trip. It is important to step out of what we know as familiar, and explore things, such as a different species of wildlife, that we were not familiar with before.