For the day after we came back from Ilhabela, we had booked an overnight bus to Foz do Iguaçu to see the waterfalls. Unfortunately, we still hadn’t learned from our São Paulo hotel mistake – this time, the area wasn’t dodgy, but quite a bit outside of the centre! But they did transfers to both the Brazilian and the Argentine side of the waterfalls, so it was annoying but not too bad.
We went to the Brazilian side first, which gives you a more panoramic view of the falls. Really really impressive, discussion at the “Devil’s Throat”, which is the big waterfall at the top.
In the evening, we met up with a local guy via Couchsurfing ,(I’m not being paid to advertise this, honest) and he took us for some local food and then one of the few bars they have in the city. When we got in, the music made us feel like we were back in the early 00’s – total flashback! Except everyone around us was much younger and absolutely going for it without any discernible irony. Very strange! 7 Also, one of the DJs looked like Wayne from Wayne’s World and I really wish I’d managed to take a good picture!
Next day we went to Argentina and walked around their national park as well. Again, the Devil’s Throat (this time seen from above) was incredible. All day, we were wondering why so many Argentines were carrying big thermos flasks around the park (Fernando solved the mystery for us – apparently it’s full of cold mate (sometimes mixed with other juice). I’m planning to get myself one the moment we cross the border into Argentina again in March. Everyone will think I’m local!
On our last day in Foz do Iguaçu, we went to Itaipu dam, which is one of the wonders of the modern world and really bloody impressive too. And then we were off to Florianópolis!