Blogs from Iguaçu National Park, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil, South America

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Another overnight bus (saves on hostels) and we were in Foz do Iguaçu. This had taken 16.5 hours instead of the schedueled 15 for seemingly no reason other than the poor drivers. As we swung into the bus terminal he scraped the front badly but seemed to be claiming it wasn't fault. Safe to say Pluma wasn't our favourite bus company so far - the least luxurious we have experienced for the longest amount of time, but it did a job. I had remembered my jumper and was very grateful for it. Trying to figure out the directions to the Manga Rosa hostel from the international bus terminal proved to be laborious ('head to the North East corner of the bus terminal', I'm neither Ray Mears nor American) so we got a R$20 taxi. There had ... read more


After 16 hours of wafts of chemical toilet and very little sleep, we arrived in the city of Foz Do Iguacu tired and a little grumpy. After the initial confusion of how to work the busses in town and a few wrong turns later we arrived at our base for the Brazilian side of the falls; Favela chic. We definitely understood the 'Favela' side of the name but couldn't quite work out the 'chic' part. It was pretty basic but what more can you expect for £11 a night including breakfast in Brazil?! We dumped out bags and off we headed to one of the top things to do on our trip...the mighty Iguazu falls! With the falls forming the border between Argentina and Brazil, the falls can be viewed from both countries, with both sides ... read more
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Tuesday 24th December (Odyssey Day 46) Getting dropped into town this morning, our first stop was a bank. We found an HSBC and managed to get some money from the ATM. Unfortunately some cards trigger a maximum withdrawal from the local bank and you can only get out 300 real per day. I believe it is a security thing and while that’s good, it’s also really frustrating. A few of us then caught a local bus to Iguazu falls. The bus was interesting, when we boarded we didn’t pay the bus driver – instead there was a turnstile just behind him with an operator who took the money and let you through. I’ve never seen a setup like this before, but it did make each stop much quicker as the driver didn’t have to worry about ... read more
Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacu


Foz do Iguaçu, little town in Brazil on the border with Argentina and Paraguay. Perfect to stay 2 days to visit the amazing waterfalls, the birds park and that's about it. Well, we stayed 10 days. In the centre there is nothing to see, but i know the city quite well now. After 3 days, the day before we had a ticket to Buenos Aires, Nathalie had to go to the hospital, within 4 hours she had a surgery of the appendix .... Conclusion, we stayed 10 days, Nathalie had to recover, and I got time to know some locals, and explore the city (if you can call it a city). If you need tips, I'm an expert .... Yesterday we arrived in Buenas Aires! Friendly people, spanish speaking people, cool city and very cheap... happy ... read more
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From Angra we took a bus to Paraty. After one hour the tire exploded, so in the middle of nowhere, we waited for another bus. After four hours we arrived in Paraty (normally 3hours), a pittoresque charming colonial location at the seaside, having around 50 little islands. It is one of the most cinematic destinations in Brazil. Cobblestones are so oneven that it makes it painful to walk on the streets. We enjoyed a horse trip through waterfalls and rainforest with two americans from NY. After a few days relaxing in the sun on small islands and little boats we took a 24 hours bus ride to Iguazu. It is advised to take place in front of the bus, as in the back of the bus a toilet might annoy your trip. Iguazu is located at ... read more
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After our long and bumpy 16 hour, budget bus journey from São Paulo, we finally arrived at Foz do Iguazu. This town is the gateway to the Brazilian side of Iguacu falls, which lie on the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. After getting a bit lost we found our hostel, Iguassu guest house. It was lush; there was a swimming pool, hammocks, we had our own room with en suite and even a full length mirror, which was pretty weird as we hadn't seen ourselves full length since we left home. Straight away we noticed the weight we had lost, especially Jon, whose jeans were now hanging around his bum! We spent the first day chilling by the pool and recovering from our mammoth bus journey. The next day we got up early, had breakfast ... read more
The Falls
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We´ve been travelling pretty quickly since Floripa, no time to upload pictures and do blogs until now. Finally have some time to relax and a decent internet connection here in Mendoza so I´ll try and catch up. Getting the car returned in Floripa was a bit of an adventure. Traffic is pretty laid back on most of the island but it is hectic in centro, where the car rental and bus station are. Lots of 1 way streets and intersections without stoplights or stop signs, drivers are crazy too. Luckily we made it to the gas station to refuel and then to the car rental place without any new scratches on the car. Success! We took an overnight bus from Floripa to Foz do Iguacu, on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Foz´s main draw is ... read more


Probably not worth mentioning this bit as the photos will speak for themselves, but just in case you really need to kill a few minutes of your day; First full day in Foz and we decided to spend it at theBrazilian side of the falls. Getting to the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu was easy from the main bus station, took about half an hour getting there. There's a bus that takes your through the park and along the way are different hikes and outdoor things you can do which sound pretty cool but are rather expensive. We got off at a couple of stops before the falls and did the Trilha das Cataratas which goes for about a 1km along the cliffs before getting to the falls, which had some amazing views. None of these compared ... read more
Garganta del Diablo
Waterfalls
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The word iguacu means "Big Waters" in the Guarani and Tupi language, and one's first look at the magnificent Iguacu Fallsreveals why these waterfalls retained the name given to them by the natives of the area. Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Rio Iguacu roars over the edge of the Parana Plateau in 275 breathtaking waterfalls that stretch like a curtain over nearly 3 kilometers of river. It was one of the most stunning sights I have ever seen, rivalled only by the Grand Canyon in sheer natural splendor. I will let the photos tell most of the story for this post, since words cannot possibly do the falls justice. We flew into Foz do Iguacu, a city of about 350,000 people on the Brazilian side of the border, and met our friend Eric ... read more


We were sad to be departing Paraty, our adopted home for the previous four nights and a place we will remember for a long time to come. I suppose it is better to leave a place and feel a sense of sadness at the departure than linger too long and leave feeling fed up, but Paraty felt like one of those places where our stay would never reach such a limit. Beaches, beauty and atmosphere, the town had it all in abundance. But, on we continue ever deeper into the heart of South America. In many ways, we are on the home stretch of our journey but the end feels nowhere near, a point on some future horizon which has yet to come into focus. Amy and I spoke a few days ago about the fact ... read more
Amazing place
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