Switzerland without the price tag
Trip Start Jan 25, 2006
34Trip End Dec 06, 2006
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So finally we have moved on from Brzil. Just to give you a quick snapshot of what we have been up to over the past few weeks here goes.. A lot of nothing!!!! We moved on from Rio and headed for Argara which was a pit stop for the ferry ride to Ilha Grande a small island off the coast of Brazil. Amazing. The place was beautiful and we were met at the boat by Wellington who owned the accommodation we lived at for three days. He has given up his house and sleeps down the back with his girlfriend and dog in a tent while he rents out the rest of his house to tourists. We stayed in a small cabin out the back which was great. We could hear the waterfall and shared our room with many bugs and insects. At one point a frog tried to join the party but I asked Boris to refuse him entry. We spent a couple of days relaxing and enjoying the food the island had to offer
So we moved on from Ilha Grande and the boat ride back was an event in itself with the boat breaking down about 15 mins into the hour and a half trip back so after drifting for almost an hour we were finally picked up by another more expensive boat and taken back to the mainland. One night spent in Angara then we took our next overnight bus ride to Curitiba with the intention to catch a train through the rain forest back to the coast and Paranaguy. We made it to the train in time and set off on the adventure. It was FREEZING having been on the coast for the whole time we had been in Brazil the dress was not all the appropriate. Curitiba is 1000m above sea level and the weather was not all that kind. Our train ride was a bit of a let down with the weather not helping and much of the sky line hidden by low cloud. I┤m sure that a 13 hour bus ride to get there did not help matters. Once we finally arrived in Paranaguy it took about three and a half hours the town was virtually at a stand still - it was a Sunday and after a bite to eat we made the decision to head back to Curitiba and try and catch a bus to Foz du Igazua. After a five hour wait in the bus station - and it was the worst one for beggers and the like I have been in, we were on the bus for our second night in a row for the 14 hour trip to Foz. After arriving and being stuffed from our back to back trips we checked into the hostel and after taking a quick walk around town crashed for part of the afternoon to try and recover
Just to give you a little background so the next part makes sense. The Igazua falls are located on the boarders of Brazil and Argentina. The Iguzua river meets at the Brail, Argentina and Paraguay boarders. I have no real idea where it comes from initally perhaps the Amazon but my geography is not that good. So on the Tuesday we headed for the Brazillian side of the falls. We took a package through the hostel which included the transfer there and we met a couple from New Zealand and spent the day with them . This package also inclded a jungle trip in a jeep and a boat ride down the river. The boat ride was very cool and gave us an amazing perspective of the falls including how cold they can be when the boat hits the rapdis and is taken under one of the waterfalls. So drenched we headed back to explore further the area. We walked along the tops of the cliff getting closer and closer to the mouth of the falls and these falls really are something there is nothing like it in the world for size - I think Niagra falls has more volume. The energy and the noise from the falls is something else you can hear it in the distance as a murmer and then all of a sudden you are upon them. No photo or descrition could do it justice. I guess we wandered around looking for about 4 hours and we headed back to the hostel via local bus. The wednesday we went to the Argentina side of the falls. You can see each side from one another - bascially the river cuts right down the middle of the countries
So our time in Brazil had come to end after spending a whole lot longer there than we planned we hit the buses again for the hop to Porto Algrae and the whole half an hour spent there before we hopped another bus bound for Montevideo, Uruguay. And so here we are in the place descibed by the lonely planet as Switzerland without the cost.
We have just realised how much this is costing us and so am going to finish now and will tell you all about our Uruguayian adventures in the next installment. Till next time....
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