Brazil Pt III: Iguaçu

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Parque Nacional do Iguaçu

There was one other Russian guy who was staying at the same place as us and we exchanged tips over breakfast. He had visited the Brazilian side while we did the Argentine side the day before. We told him to adjust his expectations since Garganta del Diablo Trail was closed on the Argentine side.

After breakfast, Ferdinando brought us to the moneychangers where we finally got our hands to some Brazilian Reals (BRL). We got 2.29 BRL to 1 USD at Foz do Iguaçu, the best rate that we would get in Brazil.

Our new Russian friend was heading to Argentina while we were going to the park on the Brazilian side. Ferdinando made sure that we got on the right buses before he returned home.

It was standing room only when we boarded and bus 120 (2.85 BRL) would take around 30 minutes to reach the park entrance, via the airport.

First impression: the Brazilian side seemed more well-maintained compared to the Argentine side.

Fuleco welcoming us

Ticket prices

Map of the park

Ticket counters

49.20 BRL each

South Korean National Team has its base at Foz do Iguaçu – kinda explained why we ran into Korea TV film crew at Restaurante China later

Shop

Posing with Coati the mascot

The shuttle buses ran regularly between the park entrance and the start of the trail and the tickets were included in the admission.

Shuttle bus stop

We alighted at the start of the trail to light drizzle.

Like in Argentina, there are signs warning people not to feed the animals

The Falls

Brazilian side had a more panoramic view of the falls

I wouldn’t want to be in the boat

Lots of mist

The light drizzle turned into heavy rain.

Trail on the Brazilian side

Overflowing with water

Obligatory shot

We decided to seek refuge at a refreshment place while waiting for the rain to subside.

Brazilian side has problem with coatis too

The adjective that I could think of to describe the sight is “angry”

So misty that I couldn’t see the water surface

Walkway to see Garganta del Diablo

Taking a right turn

Walking in

We only managed to walk halfway on the walkway because the spray from the fall was too powerful. We were thoroughly soaked despite having our ponchos on.

Soaked

Plaque

Before returning, we went to the lookout area. It was closest to the falls and we could feel the power of the waterfall.

Feeling the fury of the Devil’s Throat

Snapped the pictures and then quickly put away my camera to avoid more water from getting into it

So much water

We would walk along the upper part of the river before it becomes the falls on our way to the bus station.

I wouldn’t want to drop into the river

Where’s the honey?

There were souvenir shops and food options at the bus station. The choices of food weren’t very inspiring and we decided that we would be better off having lunch back in town.

Fast food

Gift shop

Most visitors combine the visit to Iguaçu with a visit to the bird park located a few minutes’ walk away from the park entrance. We didn’t visit it as we didn’t have much interest and we were soaked from experiencing the falls up close. It is probably a better idea to visit the bird park first if one is interested.

Bus 120 between Park, Airport and Centro (2.85 BRL)

We spent slightly over two hours at the Brazilian side. There was only one trail but one could get a more panoramic view of the falls. Personally I enjoyed the Brazilian side better as we got really close to Garganta del Diablo. Probably it wasn’t a fair comparison since we didn’t experience Garganta from the Argentine side.

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