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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls June 26th 2014

After a wonderful week spent in Rio, welcomed by the whole Tada family (including Kenji!), superb guides Ricardo and sons (English Kings Ricardo Jr and Enrique) and hosted in style by Luiz and Bia, it was time to leave the wonderfully gregarious coastal Rio to head inland to the falls of Iguacu which borders Argentina and Paraguay. The falls are the biggest in South America and can be viewed from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. We got equally soaked from both sides! We got to meet some of the locals: the quati are unfortunately discovering a liking for human junk food and you can see whole groups of them crossing roads near settlements to jump in the bins bin; they are natural climbers though and we saw them hiking up palm trees to fight over ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls March 3rd 2014

Venturing further inland still, we arrived to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguazu, which sits right on the three frontier border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The town itself isnt up to much and seems quite dingy, but what the town is famous for is the Iguazu falls, one of the seven nature wonders of the world, I beleive. The falls are on a national park which is shared between both argentina and brazil, of which Argentina holds the lions share of the view. We visited the Brazilian side on day 1, which is a nice overview of them but nothing in comparison to what you see when you cross the border. We opted not to go to the bird park as I have seen a fair few animals in the last week or so ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls February 21st 2014

From Asuncion I wanted to go and visit the Iguaçu Falls. The only direct bus was to the Brazilian side of the falls (they are on the Brazilian-Argentinian border) so here I am in Brazil. I visited both sides of the falls and they are absolutely spectacular (see photos 1 and 2). I would urge anyone who gets the chance to go and visit them. However, I noticed just in time an attack by a vampire butterfly (see photo 3). I thinks I managed to discourage him before he could suck my blood and he flew off into the jungle where I think I noticed the early stages of a transmogrification into a Transylvanian count. *** Desde Asunción quería ir a visitar las Cataratas del Iguazú. El único autobús directo era al lado brasileño de las ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls January 1st 2014

I am traveling around Brazil for two weeks with my parents David and Lupe who are semi-retired and have always wanted to visit Brazil. I am their daughter/travel guide and I have also always wanted to experience Brazil. We left LAX not believing we were actually going to Brazil. It’s weird how your mind stops you from believing it until you see it. The flight wasn’t bad. Korean air has great food and movies. In the airport we were given the royal treatment because of mom’s hurt foot and her new walking cane. People over 70 are considered “prioridade” in Brazil. Everywhere we went people gave up their seat for my mom and papi. The condo I booked ended up being a fail. The apartment made papi wish he had his tools which was not how ... read more
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Pinzon's at Iguaço

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls July 15th 2013

Our flight from Brazil arrived around 7pm and after a short taxi ride we arrived at our hostel, Iguassu Hostel. Original name I know, but that was the theme when naming hostels and hotels in the area.......... Hotel Iguassu Royal , Costa Del Sol Iguassu, Iguassu Grand Resort to name a few we passed. The hostel was good, it had a nice little bar and pool area. Not that we got much chance to use them. We decided to visit the Brazilian side of the falls first, this involved catching a bus from the station which was a short walk from the hostel. 30 minutes later we arrived, paid and got another short bus ride to the falls. It´s all very organised. After a short walk down the path we reached the falls. Our first thoughts ... read more
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View from the Argentinian side

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls June 26th 2013

Left Paraty at 5.30 am for a 4 hour drive to Sao Paulo. Flew out at 1.30. Arrived in The Brazilian side of the falls and it was rainig quite heavily. The falls were flooded and part of the trail was closed. It ws raining and getting dark. We then made the border crossing into Argentina.... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls March 14th 2013

14th March ’13 Iguacu Falls After sleeping in and missing breakfast (it finishes at 9am) we visited the supermarket, got some bananas and sandwiches and caught the local bus down to the Iguacu Falls National Park. It was the usual fight with the turnstile and a full bus. The sign said the bus seated 27 and had room for 65 standing!!!!!!!!!!!!! The buses we have been on in Brazil all have seating which disabled, elderly and pregnant people get ‘prefencial’ the buses here have an additional category – obesio complete with a picture of a big fat person, strange but true. I have never seen a big fat person use these seats and I very much doubt they could get through the turnstile to reach one anyway! I make sure I stand well away from them ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls January 25th 2013

Heading north away from BA and onwards to the Brazil boarder my last few days in Argentina were spent at the Iguazu Falls. Camping a few miles away from the falls meant that we could beat the crowds and arrive nice and early to spend the day in the national park before crossing over to spend some time viewing the falls from the Brazilian side a few days later. The guide books and travel sites spend a lot of time debating the merits of seeing the falls from each side, everyone has their view on which side is better, you may be viewing the same falls but the layout and perspective allows you to see it differently from each country, so to me there’s no need for a comparison, they are both so very different and ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls December 25th 2012

Šiandien planų nedaug, iš ryto važiuojam su Micheliu į prekybos centrą pirkti kalėdinių dovanų. Diena karšta, tad visai neblogai būti viduj, kur veikia kondicionieriai. Čia įprasta kalėdines dovanas pirkti tiktai vaikams, bei pasikeisti dovanom kaip mes kažkada mokykloj. Po apsipirkimo einam pasivaikščioti po miesto centrą. Ištikrūjų nelabai čia ir yra ką žiūrėti, kelios parduotuvių gatvės, bei keletas kevinių. Prisėdam papietauti picerijoj. Šiandien paskutinis mano vakaras šiuose namuose, tad vakare turėtumėm važiuoti į Argentiną pavakaroti. Išsiruošėm gan vėlai, tik apie 10 vakaro. Vaizdelis kaip iš filmo, kai amerikonai važiuoja į meksiką švęsti. Susėdam į mašiną, skamba portugališka muzika, pravažiuojam pasienį. Surandam barą, užsisakom alaus bei užkandžių. Maždaug 1.30 nakties pradeda groti gyva muzika... bent jau man atrod... read more
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South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls December 21st 2012

Šiandien nuspręndžiau aplankyti ITAIPU elektrinę. Tai viena didžiausių pasaulyje hidroelektrinių pastatyta užtvenkus Parana upę. Parana upė taip pat skiria ir dvi valstybes, vienoje upės pusėje Brazilija, kitoje Paragvajus. Elektrinė taip pat priklauso abiems valstybėms, 10 generatorių priklauso vienai valstybei ir tiek pat kitai. Žmonių iš abiejų šalių taip pat dirba po lygiai (iš viso apie 3000). Čia išgaunama energija taip pat padalinta po lygiai, skirtumas tik toks, kad Paragvajuj užtenka vos 8% čia išgaunamos energijos aprūpinti visai šaliai, o likusius 42% parduoda Brazilijai. Brazilijai šioje elektrinėje išgaunamos energijos užtenka aprūpinti 16% viso šalies elektros ūkio. Kad sumažintų hidroelektrinės įtaką žuvų migracijai, taip pat šalia pastatytas 10 km. ilgio kanalas. Galimos kelios skirtingos ekskursijos šioje elektrinėje, ti... read more
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