Iguazu Falls: Part Two.

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Flag of Brazil  , Parana,
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Another day, another border crossing. We hopped on a public bus and made our way to immigration. Once again extremely easy as they stamped us out of Argentina, another guy stamped us into Brazil and then we were back on the bus within 5 minutes. Why can't all border crossing be this simple. Oh well we won't be doing anymore anytime soon. Foz do Iguacu wasn't the most prettiest town ever and just like Puerto Iguazu, it serves tourists for 1 reason, the Brazilian side of the falls.

Highlights

Parque de Aves
As we entered the huge bird enclosure, our eyes were immediately drawn to the hand rail directly infront of us. On it was the most beautiful bird we've ever seen, and we could finally see it close up, so close we could even touch it! How many people can say they've petted a toucan? He seemed to like the photo shoot and so did we.
From behind us we heard "olah, olah" coming from the most adorable green and yellow parrots, noisy buggers though. It was funny trying to get them to speak. There must have been over 20 species of parrots at the park, some which are endangered with only a few thousand left in the whole amazon jungle. Another amazing experience was walking through the butterfly garden, this was a smaller enclosure with hundreds of colourful butterflies flying around a nice garden but it also had a surprise, hummingbirds were also there. We tried our best to get some pics but they're so fast, still we managed to get really close and see them hovering next to some hanging feeders. We saw so many cool birds and being able to walk right next to them in such beautiful surroundings was awesome, this was an unexpected highlight for us in Foz Do Iguacu.

Iguazu Falls- Brazilian Side
Everyone has told us we needed to check out the falls on both sides of the river, so we headed to the entrance of the park for our second dose. Once again the facilities and walkways were really well done and we enjoyed a few hours checking out the falls. The difference here from the Argentinian side is you get a full panoramic view of the falls, and you can get close to the bottom of one of the falls so you get drenched. We got good weather again which meant more rainbows and awesome photos. Getting soaked was the highlight though, this certainly makes you appreciate the power of the falls. We would say out of the two side the Argentina side is better though, as there's more to do in terms of trails and plenty of different angles to see the falls.

Itaipu Dam
2nd biggest dam in the world.
5 miles long.
Cost $18billion to build.
40,000 workers to build.
Produces 90% of Paraguay's power and 25% of Brazils.
The Guaira Falls we're destroyed (twice height of niagara falls and double water flow) and 10,000 people displaced to build the dam.

These are some of the facts behind this amazing place. Sadly the weather wasn't perfect for our tour, rain and an open top bus doesn't quite work. We drove to a panoramic look out and could really appreciate the grand scale and understand why it took over 30 years to construct. We enjoyed the tour maybe it would have been better if the weather wasn't so rubbish but we can also say we've been to Paraguay, another country to add to the list!
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