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!

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:)

 

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!

Actual costs for necessary travel preparations

This post is about the expenses you have to deal with before you even have left your home.

There are some things that is a must, like vaccinations, visa, insurance and the flight tickets. And it costs much more than you think!! I had NOT budgeted this much for vaccinations and insurance!

Vaccination is the most effective method of preventing infectious diseases, and I don’t want to ”challenge” my life because I want to save some money.
I’m taking vaccination to: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Typhoid, Malaria and Travelers diarrhea. I also took a shot for the flu (I don’t want to get the flu just when I’m about to travel, and it was the cheapest vaccination). The Rabies-vaccination isn’t always recommended, but since I’m going to volunteer with wild animals, I didn’t want to be one of the around 55.000 humans that die of rabies every year.
My vaccination costs will be around 750 USD.

A travel insurance is absolutely a must, it’s intended to cover medical expenses, financial default of travel suppliers, and other losses incurred while traveling. My home insurance covers it up to 45 days, but after that I have to pay extra. I can either take it from my regular insurance company or choose another company, which I did, mainly because it was cheaper, and also because they are specialized in just travel insurances. I took it with Gouda, a swedish company. The cost for my planned trip for 6 months is 630 USD.

A visa generally gives non-citizens clearance to enter a country. Some countries do not require a visa, others have visas available at the border, but many countries require travelers to apply for a visa before leaving home. Luckily, I don’t need any for the countries I’m traveling to since I’m staying under 90 days in all the countries. The Galapagos islands does have an entrance fee of 100 USD though.

Flight tickets. I’m sure you have searched the web for the cheapest flight tickets, and maybe you found one really good. But before you purchase, be aware of the airfares and the conditions! The cheapest ones are usually non refundable and nontransferable. Some airlines let’s you reschedule your ticket for a hefty fee. My flight to Mexico is refundable up to the day I depart, but not on my way home from Brazil. Then I can reschedule for a fee of 285 USD, but at least I can do it, instead of buying a new ticket.

There are also different types of tickets, one-way, round trip, open jaw..
Buying a round trip ticket is usually cheaper than booking two one-way tickets. I’ve read that the airlines don’t particularly want travelers to fly one-way, as it upsets airline travel schedules. But if you like me want to fly to one country and home from another, a round trip-ticket isn’t an option. Then you can choose a open-jaw ticket (also called multi-destination), that means that you are arriving at one country or city and departing from another country or city. And they usually have the same prices as a round trip!

If you’re thinking about one-way ticket, have in mind that if you’re a tourist from ex. Europe or North America, when you go to check in for a one way flight you can be told you cannot board the flight unless you fork out for a return ticket.  But there are no problems with Open Jaw-tickets as long as you can prove that you have a return flight from another country!

I only have open-jaw tickets. :)