Panoramic Views - Brazilian Falls

Trip Start May 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 30, 2013

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Took the 9.10am local bus to cross the Argentinian-Brazilian border. Had some hiccups with the Argentinian customs as our entry from chile wasn't documented in the computer system, but they let us through anyway. Waited for around 40 minutes for the guy from the hostel to pick us up from the Brazilian border, after clearing customs. Apparently the hostel provides free pickups to and fro the airport/customs as its location is rather remote from the city centre. But since we were here only for a night, the location didn't really matter.

After checking in, we went to take the local buses towards the falls. Some bad navigation took us off the shortest route to the bus stop, but we managed to reach the falls at 1pm nevertheless.

The trails at the Brazilian falls was much shorter - just a 1.5km trail to view the falls. The waterfalls were mostly on the Argentinian side, so on from the Brazilian side you could get good panoramic views of the entire falls, whereas there were 3 trails over at the Argentinian side where we were yesterday- much closer to the falls, and much more to do.

The park bus transported us from the park entrance to the start of the trail. It took us 2 hours to complete the trail, with long photo stops along the way, so the actual path would take much shorter time. The weather was cloudy, and at some viewpoints the water from the pouring falls fogged the view, so photos weren't that great. There was a better view of the devils throat compared to the Argentinian side as well.

We had lunch at the end of the trail and got lucky with the weather when we finished. The sun was out and photos turned out better.

Took the local bus back to the central bus station at Foz do Iguazu after. When we got on the bus back to our hostel, some lady told us we were on the wrong bus, and so happened there was a local Indonesian Chinese onboard as well, and signaled us to him for we could not understand what she was saying. The guy was nice, helped us to find our way back on the right bus (turned out that we were on the right bus in the first place), and we chatted for awhile. He moved here with his family in 1966 during racial riots in Indonesia, which explains why he was so fluent with his Portuguese. After a 45 minute delay, we finally got on our bus back, and met another local who stayed near our Klein hostel. He guided us back to our hostel and was good friends with the owner of the hostel. Showed us some great photos of rio, his dog, and the motor cross festival in iguazu on the way as well.

Brazilians definitely seem friendly so far! Rio tomorrow!

Foz do Iguazu, Brazil
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