The rhythm of samba in the early hours of the morning, the heat, the Brazilian beer and talks with our new friend from Hawaii were the last things we experienced in Rio. Then we went to the international airport to catch a flight to Sao Paulo and from there – to Foz do Iguaçu. Our goal was to get to the beauty that is the The Iguazu Falls.
The line for leaving luggage and check-in was one and the same and it took us almost an hour to get rid of our backpacks. We flew with Gol Airlines. Our only remark is that delays are common at leaving but the good pilots manage to make up for them somehow (to the abject horror of the passengers). ✈✈✈
We were surrounded by beauty the minute we got off the ground.
We had no problems in Sao Paulo, a delay of under half an hour notwithstanding. We had a short nap in the plane and as soon as we opened our eyes – a new view! We saw the river Rio Grande beneath us and one of the biggest dams in the world – Itaipu. A small white dot on Iguazu River can be seen a little farther – it is one of the most desired destinations for thousands of people, The Iguazu Falls .
On the right – the Friendship Bridge
And here we are, having arrived at the airport in Foz do Iguaçu. It is late in the afternoon all that is left to do is finding our hostel and filling our bellies with food.
Finding the hostel turned out to be a hard task after the bus left us at the wrong stop (we even showed our destination on a map and it was followed by “yes, yes, we know it”). Walking for a kilometer or two while carrying the backpacks was no easy feat. There was nobody to ask whether we are nearing our final destination, and there were no sidewalks. And so, we walked on the edge of the road groaning until we reached the city. Luckily, we met one good guy who, instead of trying to give us directions, invited us in his van and drove us for free to the hostel. We were very grateful and managed to dig out a decorative coaster from Bulgaria from one of the backpacks and gave it to him. He was very pleased with our gesture.
So far, so good. The hostel is great, the hosts are polite, the temperatures are more pleasant than Rio, and things are going well.
Our host was a little embarrassed to tell us that tomorrow there won’t be a bus to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls due to a protest of the transportation workers. This is bad. But we are flexible, we immediately changed our sleeping plans. We’ll stay one more night here on the Brazilian side and we’ll go see the waterfalls from both sides when staying in Brazil. Tomorrow morning we will hop on a bus to Argentina because the international buses work. The next day we’ll be in Brazil (we hope the protest will have ended by then) and then we are off to Paraguay. We’ll wait and see.
Before that, let’s eat.
|This is the cheapest per kilo restaurant so far – 22 reals per kilogram. And it’s delicious!|
We’ve reached the end of the day – we traveled 1208.62 km and settled in an entirely different Brazil…
Will the waterfalls be worth it?
This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.
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