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Foz de Iguasu
December 17, 2009, 7:51 am
Filed under: Argentina, Brazil, Pictures Post

Dear friends,

I know that this post is nearly a month late, and I’m sorry. I felt that I couldn’t give a post worthy of Iguazu Falls without showing pictures- and I just didn’t have the time to upload all of them until now!

So let’s start from the beginning. Iguazu Falls (or Foz de Iguasu, in Spanish). Iguazu Falls lies on the tri-border of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. I went there with my friend and fellow intern from Fundación Paraguaya, Polina. Her mother, Natalia, came with us. They are both incredibly amazing people and I’m really lucky to have had such an amazing experience with them.

Iguazu Falls was my first experience in Brazil!!!! Though I was only there for one day, I still got my passport stamped, and I got change in Reals (the Brazilian currency)- that’s proof enough for me that I was there!

There are two sides to Iguazu Falls- The Brazil side, and the Argentina side. Many people say that with the Brazil side there is a better view, and that with the Argentina side there are ‘more things to do.’ Most prefer Brazil. Before going, I didn’t really understand what that meant, or what ‘more things to do’ meant for Argentina. I almost didn’t end up going to the Argentinian side because after the first day in Brazil, I felt that I had seen enough.

I am SO glad that I chose to go to the Argentina side, because I ended up liking it more. While Brazil has a really beautiful panoramic view of the falls, there ARE more ‘things to do’ in Argentina- and by that I mean, ‘more waterfalls to see.’ First off, the view from the top of these waterfalls that you get in Argentina is absolutely breathtaking. I felt that I was literally at the end of the world. It is an experience I will never forget. Second, there are so many different waterfalls to see in Argentina, in so many varying ways. My other favorite experience was standing right in front of a massive waterfall with Polina, laughing hysterically with sheer joy at being alive- another moment I will never forget.

The best part about Iguazu Falls is that I got to experience every aspect of a waterfall that I had never thought imaginable- I saw the falls in a Panoramic view– hanging off the top of a massive waterfall, staring down below– standing two feet away from a waterfall 1,000 times the size of me, watching it cascading down… it was truly an unbelievable experience– but I won’t say anymore. You can see it for yourself HERE!

One enticing picture:

I also thought I would include some tips on how to navigate yourself around Iguazu Falls (i.e. not paying a visa to get into Brazil, etc.). Check them out below if you plan on going sometime soon.

Hope you all enjoy and much love friends!


Tips for Iguazu Falls

So first off, if you are from the US (and sorry I can’t say for any other countries here as I don’t know), there is something like a $235 dollar visa to get into Brazil. I didn’t have this visa, so before coming to Paraguay I didn’t think that I would be able to go to the Brazilian side. However, I found out once I got there that you CAN go to Brazil to see Iguazu Falls, IF you enter from the Paraguay or Argentina border.

I thought that I would have a hard time getting in, or that they would be really strict and only issue me a day pass, or something– nothing. I walked right into Brazil with absolutely no problem. I could’ve stayed in the country for however knows how long.
Once you GET into Brazil, it’s a little complicated, since you’re basically dropped off the side of a road in the middle of nowhere. Tell your bus driver that you want to get off at ‘Foz de Iguazu’ (basically once you pass the border– we came from Argentina, and it’s a 40 minute ride from the town ‘Puerto Iguasu’ in Argentina to the border of Brazil– it’s not even a one minute drive until the guy will drop you off after you pass the border). You kind of get dropped off the middle of this highway- turn RIGHT (if you are facing the way that the bus is GOING) and walk down the road a bit, about 3 or 4 minutes (you’ll see a hotel on your right). In front of the hotel is a bus stop- wait there for a bus (sorry I forget what the name was, but it’s not hard to figure out- you can just ask ‘Foz de Iguasu?’ to every bus driver. We waited for about 20 minutes for a bus). Then the bus will take you right to Iguazu Falls.

You can take the same bus back to same area, and then another bus will take you back across the border to Argentina. It sounds tricky but it’s not nearly as complicated as it seems. We figured it all out without knowing beforehand.

I suggest on the BRAZIL side to take the nature trail, which is really fun and gives you a lot of sights of waterfalls.

If you are looking for a cheap place to stay in Argentina, stay at Stop Hostel in Puerto Iguasu. We first stayed at this AWFUL hostel (I won’t mention the name, though I got it off of Hostel World. It sounded really nice (talked about a ‘buffet breakfast and gorgeous pool’) and it ended up being terrible- we had booked a private room and the sheets obviously hadn’t been changed, the room was full of mold, and the breakfast was pretty bad. The dorm rooms also smelled like the most awful thing I’ve ever come across. Stop Hostel is MUCH better! The beds are really comfortable, there is a hot shower, free wifi, and the breakfast is great. It’s also more in the center of town, which is nice.

All in all, Iguazu Falls is a REALLY fantastic experience. Definitely go! And if you have any more specific questions feel free to email me!

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