Nature at its very best

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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San Rafael Hotel Foz do Iguazu

Flag of Brazil  , Paraná,
Thursday, November 19, 2009


Foz do Iguazu

Today saw us on a state of the art Marco Polo coach bound for Foz do Iguazu, Brazil. We were lucky enough to score the front seats on the upper level, giving us a panoramic view of the countyside. The trip was very comfortable and uneventful. We arrived at Cascavel where we had to change busses for the last leg of the trip. We arrived at the beautiful Hotel San Rafael in Foz do Iguazu at 12:30am, after an 11 hour trip, and crashed into bed.

Up bright and early for breakfast, not quite so bushy tailed, and headed to the tour director Val, who arranged a car and driver to take us out for the day.

Ricardo, our young driver, headed towards Paraguay, 12 km away to be immediately stuck in a traffic jam, like we've never seen before. Ricky rang a friend down the road who informed him it was 10km long. Ricky suggested we could stay in the traffic jam for 3 hours or go to a lovely bird park Parque das Aves (hence: aviary).

Something which intrigued us was the stationary motorbikes touting for business from the busses, trying to get passengers, caught in the traffic jam, as pillion passengers on their small motor bikes and weave them trough the traffic to their destination. These are called moto taxis, and there were many of them, doing a roaring trade.  Also, set up on the sides of the road were vendors selling cold juice to the frustrated drivers.

We didn’t need to phone a friend, so we locked in the bird park.

These birds had seen tourists before, and practically smiled for the camera. They were the world’s most vivid creatures. They toyed with our hats and our earrings and were quite at ease around the visitors. We spent two hours with the birds, but could easily have made it four.

Empanadas and coke for lunch and we were on our way again.

Ricky urged us to take a helicopter flight to see the falls from the Brazillian and Argentine sides as the falls form the borders of these two countries. This we did. We were so impressed, we bought the DVD.

Our chauffer, Ricky, drove us to the national park, where we paid our entrance fee, and boarded a doubledecker open top bus to the falls, It was hot and steamy on this trip.  When we disembarked the bus, we could hear, but not see the falls. A short walk through the jungle revealed a spectacular sight.

Put this one on your 'Bucket List’.

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