Published: April 17th 2012April 13th 2012
After leaving Rio we decided to head down to Iguacu Falls, we had toyed with the idea of visiting Sao Paulo but after hearing poor reports and with not a lot of enthusiasm redgarding the place we decided to give it a miss! So, a 25 hour awaited us! The price of the ticket was around 60 EP which wasn´t too bad at all! Getting to the station from Copa was also really easy! One bus, boom!
We set off, having heard it was cheap to fly and finding out it wasn´t (at this point in time anyway) was a bummer but the trip wasn´t so bad! There is very little to see but as we set off at around 2pm it wasnt too long till nighfall and we slept most of the night! Thus making it bearable!
We finally got to Foz Do Iguacu bus terminal and took a bus to our hostel, this was really easy! The hostel "Favela Chic" is a decent one, pretty new and a good atmosphere. It was also really close to the falls and the bus stop was just at the end of the street which was perfect! It was also close to the supermarket and bank! Our stay within this place was crazy, especailly after meeting some guy by the name of Stuart Spencer who gave us a bit of a gig! Jesus, he was atrociously awesome, forgetting lyrics and doing songs by The Beatles in the style of Jackson, dance moves and "Chimones" to boot!! He is a friend of the owners and if he turns up and does that every week or so anyone else staying is in for a treat! The hostel though is great! Very clean, decent bar, BBQ´s and just generally a nice place!
We headed off the the falls (Brazilian side) which took about 20 mins on the bus! Easy! Once there you instantly feel the buzz! The place is amazing, the views are fantastic and the 2km walk you do the Brazilian side slowly sets you up for the big finish! All along the route are waterfalls and wildlife, you are bound to see anuimals which we felt were racoons but we could be wrong! Thew waterfall itself at the end is something very, very special! (I will add photo´s of these events when I find a hostel with a computer made after 1972! No place has had one with a USB port as yet lol!) The sheer power of the falls is unreal and the size of them takes it out of you a touch! It´s easy to see why this one of the Natural Wonders of the World!
So, after visiting the Brazilian side of the falls it was now on to the Argentinian side! We took a bus to the Brazil/Argentina border to get our exit stamp (If you´re lucky the bus might wait - for us did it hell) so we had to wait for another one! This was actually done very quickly and once we eventually got on the next bus it wasn´t too long to our next destination - Puerto Iguacu!
On arriving it is really easy to see the changes a few hundred yards can make! The Argentinian side was really chilled and the little town is small but cool! It could be quite a party town but as we were there over the Easter some shoips and stuff were closed! Our hostel was decent, clean, not much going on with it but it did the job! It was apparent that Argentina was going to be a lot cheaper though which we were happy about!
So day one of Argentina - first impressions were good, town was cool as previously stated, it was cheaper! Cheryl breaking the hostels computer was a bummer but they didn´t mind, got a new one and that was that haha!
Now it was off to Iguacu! We had heard that this side of the falls was going to be different and twice as good! (Forgot to mention the Brazil side was around 21 EP, the Argentinian side was around 14 EP) Once we got there, again by a little bus, you again got the feeling that this place was going to be special! A little train took us to the top of the main fall and you got a real close up look at the size and power this thing was kicking out! It was magic and instantly you felt it rained on the Brazilian parade! Walkways along the hillsides onto the top of each fall were brilliant and nature trails were also built in order to get the full understanding of the local environment! We even court sight of an Armadillo!!! The size of the trail on this side is x10 bigger which is why it maybe has more of a draw! A little boat can take you across to San Martin Island which is cool but be aware of the stairs, Jesus, they are steep!
The rest of the time spent in Puerto was basically chilled out as we had covered so much in such a small spacew of time but I would recommend that anyone going here takes the time to have a little gander at this little town, it has potential!