Hello from the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu falls

I had a nice breakfast at my hostel in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina before taking the bus to Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. It was a regular urban bus, costed 8 Argentinian pesos (like 1-1,5 USD), nice price.

We stopped at the Argentinian border and since my Visa had expired I had to wait a while there to get my papers in order. I knew I had to pay 300 pesos, but I thought it was going to be in cash, so I had saved exactly 300 pesos. But no, apparently you can’t do that, instead yo do it with your Visa card online. They could have told me that when I e-mailed migrations about the rules… but they never answered. Anyhow. In the end there were no problems, just took an extra hour.

No problems at the Brazilian side either. Then I had to walk about 1-2 km down the road from the border to take another bus that goes directly to the national park (where the falls are). If you take the bus from the border, you have to head into the city center to take it.

Weird that in just a few hundred meters -between the both migration borders – the language changes. People now don’t understand what I say! Haha. Gonna be fun!!

Luckily I could pay with Argentinian pesos both on the bus to the falls and the entrance fee, so I got rid of all my Argentinian pesos which aren’t worth anything outside Argentina.

The park was really well-organized. I jumped on a nice bus accompanied by a voice who told me about the stops and what you could do there, both in portuguese and english. Most of the things weren’t included in the entrance fee though (the bus was of course).

I jumped of at the start of the trail, which is only one on the brazilian side compared to three on the Argentinian side. But hen I got down to where it started – I got all ”aaaahhhhh!!!!!” So damn beautiful.

Me in the beginning of the trail!

Me in the beginning of the trail!

I didn’t really understand how it all hanged together yesterday but today I got a whole new perspective over the falls. Is like a panorama view. And the weather was great too. So so beautiful. Every viewpoint more beautiful than the other! And the end is just AMAZING!

The falls and the river where I took the boat yesterday

On the other side of the falls and the river where I took the boat yesterday

Lovely view over the falls!

Lovely view, look how strong the water falls are!!

I think garganta del diablo is in the end there!

I think garganta del diablo is in the end there!

:)

:)

 

Waterfalls. I just want to stick my hand in there!

Waterfalls. I just want to stick my hand in there! Would probably break.

Amazing how strong they are!!

Insane how much water there is!! Just never-ending!!

Ahhhh!!!! Crazy loud!!

Ahhhh!!!! Crazy loud and crazy excited!!

I had enough time to do the trail (about 1,3 km) in a couple of hours – but I could have stayed much longer too just because it was so breath-taking. But I was sort of in a hurry.

I had asked the information about the bus station and they said that the park was about 1 hour and 40 minutes away from the bus station!!! And I hadn’t even bought my ticket for Porto Alegre yet, which I wanted to take at 19. So I had to leave the park at the latest 16.

On my way back I jumped of at the center to change bus to the ”Rodoviaria” (bus station). I was waiting there when a Portuguese couple asked me about the bus to the Rodoviaria. We waited for a while, but then shared a taxi for about 18 reiales to the bus station. Such a sweet couple, they were both exchange students in Florianopolis and both spoke good spanish, so they helped me out to buy my ticket and to order vegetarian food. Then we changed numbers so that we can get in contact when I get to Florianopolis :)

Life is so nice!!

I was lucky to have the front seat on the bus on my way to Porto Alegre too, because it has a much bigger space for the feet. Also I didn’t have anyone beside me on the whole 12 hours bus journey (who became 13,5 hours since we had technical problems in the middle and had to change bus) so I had plenty of space!

Hello from the Argentinian side of the Iguazú Falls.

I’m in Puerto Iguazú. I arrived around 11am today, after a 18,5 hours bus drive (was supposed to be 17 but because of the rain we started late and then we had to change a tire along the way). Btw, on the bus a sold 3 bracelets to a woman! :)

I arrived and walked the 2 blocks to my hostel, Iguazu Falls Hostel. Apparently the system was down, meaning the whole telephone net and internet, so I couldn’t let Duilio know I arrived well. Pore him.

Instead I took first bus to the Iguazu Falls. There’s only one company driving that route (Rio uruguay), at when I had done research online it was supposed to cost 15 pesos each way, but now it was 35 pesos each way, quite expensive!! Made me think twice if I really would go out there tomorrow too.

The entrance fee is 175 pesos if you are European. Almost 3 times more than if you are Argentinian. Damn it.

I met up with a Danish girl, Marta, and we joined the whole day along the falls.
We started out at the top of “Garganta del Diablo” (devil’s throat)…. WOW. Impressive!!

Garganta del diablo, Devils throat. So impressive!!

Garganta del diablo, Devils throat. So impressive!!

In garganta del Diablo! Crazy!!

In garganta del Diablo! Crazy!!

Garganta del Diablo

Garganta del Diablo

Garganta del Diablo

Garganta del Diablo

Me and Marta, the danish girl

Me and Marta, the danish girl

Then took the train back to the “center” and walked the upper circuit above all the other waterfalls and later the lower circuit “under” the waterfalls. Could get really wet!!

Such a special weird feeling of being amazed all the times by the wonders of this world. I just can’t really describe the feeling of being there. So loud noise from the extremely powerful and strong water currents and falls.. It’s just extra-ordinary. And never-ending. Waterfall after waterfall and more and more amazing stuff along the way. Breath taking cool.

Igazú falls

View from the upper circuit over the Igazú falls

Me in front of the cataratas :)

Me in front of the cataratas :)

Beautiful

Beautiful

View from the lower circuit! Lovely! They are so powerful.

View from the lower circuit! Lovely! They are so powerful.

Close to the waterfalls on the lower circuit!

Close to the waterfalls on the lower circuit!

After 3 hours walking around the falls it started to rain. Marta went back home since she has planned to come back tomorrow. But I only had a boat ride left of the Iguacu Falls – Barco Nautico – fucking 180 pesos for like 10 minutes on a boat that goes really close to the waterfall! I was so wet and cold before the ride but after the boat ride – It was like a bath! And the rush into the waterfalls and getting soaking wet was so much fun that it in the end totally was worth it!!

Taking the boat into some of the waterfalls - a crazy nice bath! :)

Taking the boat into some of the waterfalls – a crazy nice bath! :)

So now that I’m back in the hostel, warm and dry again, I can’t stop feeling sad because I’m leaving Argentina tomorrow. But I really don’t have anything more to do here.

When I arrived with the bus this morning I saw the “Cremolatti”-ice cream station, “ohh…. Yeah that’s right I’m stil in Argentina!” I thought. Then some people selling mates and alfajores. Oh. “I love this!”. I feel so comfortable around Argentinians, I know how it works around here. Still it’s not my favorite country or anything – but I just feel at home here. And I feel truly sad that it’s time to leave it all behind. Yesterday I left Santa Fe, tomorrow Argentina. One step further away from my love. One step closer to my home arrival.

It’s time to enter unknown territory, alone, again, but this time slightly harder than before since they speak a language I don’t manage!

It’s time to go to Brazil..