Wet and wonderful

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
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Trip End Dec 23, 2010


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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Well it was a journey of epic proportions. In Central America it was all 3 or 4 hour stints on a bus and we had crossed borders and hit new lands. Turns out South America is a little bit bigger. We spent 26 hours travelling non-stop on a bus to get to Foz do Iguacu and let me tell you, the journey was hellish for three principal reasons - there were screaming babies (a personal pet hate anyway), the toliet smelt chronically of shit and we had to endure waves of it drifting our way and last but not least, there was some arsehole of a man sitting just behind us. This bloke thought it periodically necessary to scream as though he had tourettes, spit on the floor constantly (and even on a girl behind us) and Im pretty sure he had soiled himself to top it all off. So yeah, getting off was joyous.

Foz itself is basically a little border town and staging post for trips to the famed Iguacu Falls and as such, its a your standard concrete block type affair. The hostel we found was actually pretty cool with the owner insisting everyone get together each night and get smashed on caipirinas at his expense. So we did. It also had the usual but awesome Brazilian food outlets such as 'all you can eat' pizza and places where you pay-per-pound of food - a really good way to get a fair deal of food cheaply.

The main attraction as I said is the falls and they don't disappoint. They are about 3km wide and are composed of 257 individual waterfalls. The view from Brazil is a panoramic one, enabling you to see them all from afar. Its just truly amazing to witness the scale of them. Nothing I can say or pictures I post will really do it any justice so I'll stop there. You simply must go to see them if your in South America.

We also took a little time out to see the Itaipu Dam, one of the biggest dams in the world. Again, the scale is amazing as it generates all of Paraguay's power, along with 25% of Brazil's! Considering we lecture developing countries so much on pollution, we could do with taking a leaf out of their book when it comes to things like this. The dam itself is ok to see for a few hours but at the end of the day its a dam. If you get excited by dams you'll enjoy it. If not, it gets you out the house.

And that wraps up Foz. It was a smash and grab excursion really, see the falls and do one. On a seperate note, I have decided to start doing a 'Memorable quote' type thing from each place if such a chance occurs. So to kick things off, I'm going to recall my favorite so far which is actually from Copan in Honduras. Basically, this posh speaking English guy strolls into the bar we were in wearing a swanky shirt tucked into some khaki shorts, topped off with some boat shoes. Nicci turns to me and says in utter disgust "He looks like he's just stumbled off a yacht".
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