The beautiful Iguacu Falls

Trip Start May 13, 2006
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Trip End May 25, 2006


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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Our trip to Brasil actually started by flying into the Sao Paulo airport; but because we had a lot of ground to cover we had an immediate connection to Foz do Iguacu to see the spectacular waterfalls.  We arrived late afternoon, checked into our hotel and went in search of dinner.  We quickly found that Brasilians like to eat late and most restaurants don't open until 7:00 or 8:00 at night.  We were starving!  We went out to the pool and had a drink while we contemplated what to do.  We finally decided to order room service and settled in for the night.  The next day we were up bright and early and ready for our tour of the Falls.  We had hired a guide for this portion of our trip which we normally don't do.  There was so much to see at the Falls from both Argentina and Brasil that we felt this was the best way to go.  (Side note:  Natives spell Brazil with an S.)  We saw the Falls from both the Brasilian side and the Argentine side (not on the same day).  Everytime you turn a corner the view is more spectacular.  While in Argentina we went on the Grand Adventure.  They put several of you in a boat and take you speeding up the river and right into the Falls.  What a rush!!! Thank goodness our guide had planned ahead and brought plastic ponchos for us.  We would have been soaked without them.  We visited a spot in Argentina where you are overlooking the river and Paraguay is on the left and Brazil is on the right.  Our second morning our guide took us into Paraguay.  Paraquay requires Americans to have Visas and we didn't so we were actually sneaking into the country.  Going in wasn't a problem.   He told us many Brasilians go to Paraguay to buy big ticket items because they are less expensive.  As an example our guide's wife was expecting their first child and they had bought the crib and stroller in Paraguy.  After doing a bit of shopping and having lunch (hearts of palm quich - quite good) we set out to go back to Argentina.  We were taking the back route because we were less likely to get stopped.  Let me tell you it was not a pretty or safe area.  And right before we crossed over we were stopped by the police.  Randy and I just kept our mouths shut and stared straight ahead.  Lucky we did because we found out later our guide told him we were English (they don't require Visas whereas Americans do).  Whew - that was close!  We did a little sightseeing in the town of Iguacu and maybe we were in the wrong area but we found there was not much to see in the actual town.  We did get a kick out of trying our few words of Portuguese.  People laughed at us.  Heck, we laughed at ourselves! 
Our next stop......Manuas and the Amazon.
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