The Weird Brazilians (by KCT)

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Feb 19, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Mato Grosso do Sul,
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Leaving Brazil wasn't as easy as we thought! After four days of rough wildlife in Pantanal, we took a bus to Corumba in order to cross the border to Bolivia. Yet, when we got to the bus terminal in Corumba around 6 pm, some Brazilian guys who wanted to offer us some hostels said that it wasn't possible anymore to get an exit stamp. Then, they showed us a tiny closed booth in the bus terminal which was supposedly the immigration office, even though it was about 1 kilometer away from the actual border. "Is there another immigration office right at the border?" we asked, but surprisingly the answer was negative. It seemed that the guys wanted to fool us to make us stay in one of their hostels, yet, they told us the truth! We learned that everyone who wants to leave Brazil to enter Bolivia, no matter if traveling by car, bike or bus, needs to go to the immigration office in the bus station before crossing the border. Otherwise, if one doesn't have an exit stamp in one's passport, one is only allowed to stay one day in Bolivia. In the same way, one who enters Brazil needs to go to the bus station to get the entry stamp. Isn't this strange?! We thought that the legal formalities were always done right at the border to avoid illegal entries and exits but we thought wrong. Brazilians seem not to care about that kind of problem. :)    
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