The magnificence of Iguaçu and farewell Brazil!

Trip Start May 10, 2009
Trip End Nov 02, 2009

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Our last stop in Brazil, the spectacular Iguacu Falls.

As always, nothing like a 26 hour bus to get you in the mood for sightseeing, but hey, the sharks who run airlines aren't exactly big on cheap tickets it seems... Luckily this one was ok, except for a monster 4 hour traffic jam in Sao Paolo - thie biggest city in the southern hemisphere! Due to a rather heavy week of late nights and jolling in Rio, we were able to sleep through most of it.

Iguacu Falls, an immense sight of 275 separate falls all in the same place... Here is a snippet from the Lonely Planet wthich describes it very accurately!

''People who doubt the theory that 'negative ions generated by waterfalls make people happier' mights have to reconsider after visiting the Iguazu falls. Moods just seem to improve the closer you get, until eventually people degenerate into giggling, shrieking messes...and this is grown men we are talking about''

We first got to see it from the Brazillian side - known for stunning panoramic views over all the falls from various vantage points. We were also so lucky with the weather and saw full rainbows in the clouds of spray thrown up from the thundering falls. We were already impressed but were not prepared for what we would encounter the next day from the Argentinian side...

So, finally our 5-or-so week journey through the beautiful Brazil has come to and end. Having gone from north to south through the 5th largest country in the world, we feel have experienced so many Brazilian cultures. Almost every city/town we stopped in felt like a different country with there own culture, appearance, music, food and even weather! We feel priviledged to have experienced and seen so much in this diverse country. One common trend throughout was that the people are very proud, full of life and super friendly which made this an even more rewarding country to visit.

Highlight: Couldn't pick one so picked one per week! Amazon Adventures (boat and trekking), Jeri (relaxing in paradise), Rio (a beautiful city), Poco Azul (should be a natural wonder of the world) and Iguazu Falls (IS a natural wonder of the world for a good reason).

Lowlight: 10 x (20+ hour) overnight bus trips.

Funniest moment: Having 2 shop assistants running around pulling literally 60-odd tops out of their neatly sealed packets (at 11pm during a Salvador street party) for Ang to try on after we said we were just browsing... then watching their faces as we grabbed our beers and walked out of the shop doubled over with laughter. Sometimes the language game is fun for us too!

'What the hell are we doing here' moment: Showering/abluting in THAT shower in THAT garage masquerading as a hostel in Brasilia. Miff. Prisoners have a better time than that.

'Lost in Translation' moment: Trying to organise a bus to Brasilia with connections, resulting in a missed bus, 12 hour wait and a 3 hour nap on a truck stop bench at 1am. Coincidentally, this is also a 'sense of humour faliure' moment and a 'kick up the backside for not learning a language before visiting a foreign country' moment.

New food tried: Caipirinha (cocktail ideal for sundowners made with rum, lime and sugar), Chicken hearts (no explanation needed), Guaranį (natural energy drink), Acai (type of sorbet/slop made from berries) and many other wierd and wonderful fruits.

Most useful item: Cameras - for all the great sights this country offers.

Most useless item: Malaria tablets. Stopped taking these after 4 weeks as we have only received about 8 bites between us since arriving in south america. No-one else takes them and we were tired of the ridiculous dreams!

Most useful Portuguese phrase: 'Nao obrigado'. (No thanks). To the necklace sellers in the streets of Salvador that didn't leave you alone for 5 seconds!

Tan Status (0-10): 1.5 Our backs, shoulders and arms are now a different colour to our bums which is probably the best we've ever been in our lives! Sadly our legs never got the memo and remain a dismal 0.5.

What we miss: Dylan :(

What we dont miss: London Lifestyle

So we say goodbye to Brazil, leaving with heavy hearts but we are also eager to get back to a spanish country and all the new adventures that it holds...but first we have to get out...

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sablake on

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Mmmm, a '3 hour nap on a truck stop bench at 1am' doesn't sound like too much fun. You must have looked like bergies :) Did anyone throw spare change at you?

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