Iguaçu Falls – The Brazilian Side
Crossing over to the Brazilian side was both easier and harder than we expected. We found a bus that was heading to Foz do Iguaçu which is the city closes to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. This was no problem at all and we booked our ticket and got on the bus. The thing was that when we started approaching the border the bus just drove straight through and continued into Brazil without stopping! We were as of then illegal immigrants!
We ended up having to get off the bus at the next stop, rent our self a taxi that drove past, get it to take us back to the boarder and make it wait for us there as we got our passports validated. It ended up costing us a lot more money than originally planned as we had to take the taxi all the way to the city to which we originally had bought a bus ticket. So if you are ever doing the same bus trip, make sure to tell the bus driver that you need to stop on the border. Being used to the closed borders in every other country we had been to it was a bit surprising to just drive straight past it!
We got dropped off in the city center and found an internet cafe to start looking for a decent hostel nearby. We ended up at Hostel Bambu which was a relaxing place with a chilled out vibe. Our first impression of Brazil was good as it was nice to be back in a city with a lot more life to it than Puerto Iguaçu.
It was time to check out the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu Falls! It was absolutely pouring down by the time we got to the national park and I have to say that it did put a damper on our experiences there. There was water everywhere! I guess waterfalls and heavy rain go together, but it did make the whole sightseeing thing a lot less time consuming as we finished our tour of the Brazilian side quite quickly. Not to say that the Brazilian side was not impressive, it really was! But after just finishing the Devils Throat in sunny weather the day before the Brazilian side of the waterfalls really did not stand a chance. I still recommend going there though as the park area of the Brazilian side is nicely built with buses taking you all the way to the sights. But if you do have to choose I would definitely go with the Argentinian side over the Brazilian side, sorry Paola!
It was now time to head up towards Campinas and then Indaiatuba to see Paola and her family!