Thursday, March 12, 2009

Foz do Iguaçu

From The Trip, pt. 8: Brazil

We are now in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. We got in yesterday afternoon after a twenty hour bus ride from Buenos Aires and then we jumped straight into illegally crossing the border to see the Brazilian side of Iguazu falls. Following the girl from the hostel´s instructions, we hopped on a local bus for Brazil, which stops at the Argentinian side of the border for an exit stamp on your passport, then blows past the Brazilian border (and their $150 visa) and drops you at the Foz do Iguaçu bus station (I am very happy I get to use the c with the squiggly line under it for once in my life). There we had a confusing conversation sort of in Spanish with the attendant as to how much the bus cost in Argentinian pesos, the security guard seemed to tell us it cost 50 pesos, but then it turned out to be approximately 10, but we finally paid, caught the bus to the National Park, paid the Foreigner entrance fee, caught another park bus to the falls and then we only had a half hour before we needed to get back on the bus... so we more or less ran down the trail, sped walked past the viewpoints, then ran back to the bus, skipping the line at the panoramic elevator. Nails were bitten when our bus back to the Foz do Iguaçu started to pick people up every 500 yards along the highway. We arrived with ten minutes to spare before the last Argentina bus supposedly left for the border, but we saw an Argentina bus pulling out as we pulled in and thought we were doomed to spend the night in Brazil. We chased it with no luck then waited, hoping, at the bus stop, coming up with contingency plans, but another bus came. Nails were bitten some more as we blew past the Brazilian border, but we were not busted and after we were stamped back into Argentina and we breathed a sigh of relief. We made it into Brazil and back without an expensive tourist visa. No Big Deal.

From The Trip, pt. 9: Back to Argentina

Today we went to the Argentinian side of the falls. An Argentinian told us Argentina owns 70% of the falls and it seems to be true. Poor Paraguay gets none of the Iguazú pie. The Argentinian side is much larger with boats, trains, trails, violet-colored noisy birds and racoon-like pig-nosed coatis that will gladly eat your garbage. Still no monkeys though. Where they are hiding all the monkeys in South America is what I would like to know. Nevertheless, it was truly wonder-ful, but not wonderful enough to be listed as one of the Seven Wonders. It will just have to try a little harder and maybe next year it will wonder enough.

From The Trip, pt. 9: Back to Argentina

Tomorrow we are headed on to Asunción, Paraguay. Again, I have no idea what to expect - these ´guays´through me for a loop.

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