One amazing day at Foz da Iguaçu
Foz da Iguaçu is the Brazilian side of the mighty Iguaçu falls and our last stop before hopping over to Argentina. We will be back in Brazil around the end of June for our three FIFA World Cup Soccer games. I am really glad we are returning in June as it would be awful to know that was the end of our time in Brazil for a very long time, but I guess this will be the case with every new country we visit during our travels.
We caught an overnight bus from Blumenau that took us through Curitiba and on to Foz da Iguaçu. We were prepared this time with proper attire to keep us warm during the trip, the bus was even emptier than last time which kept the atmosphere less “thick” and also meant two seats each. We had a much better sleep and even got to our destination an hour before schedule.
We ended up just relaxing day one, hanging in the hammock’s, walking the streets trying to find açaí and a weigh you plate place for lunch, success on both parts and getting an early night after making our own dinners again. We were then off to the falls the next morning, catching bus #120 which costs $R3 from the bus stop just near our guesthouse. It seems to just be a local bus that goes via the airport and then ends at the Iguazu National Park, where you will need to pay $R49 for you entry fee. This includes the fare for the bus that will take you from the entrance along the key spots in the park and then will return you to the entrance once again at the end of your visit. Since this is just a local bus and also goes via the airport, visiting the Brazilian side of the falls on a time poor itinerary is more than possible. See below for a little more information on this if you require.
The falls were fantastic, and we had no idea that a visit would include the ability to literally be in the falls itself. You got so up close and personal, trotting along the gangway and hanging under the largest spectacle “The Devils Throat”. It is such a natural beauty that is so enormous that the views keep on going on going. It is definitely a must do if you are traveling to Brazil/Argentina, it is so far one of the best experiences I have had on my travels, up there with visiting Antarctica, Oktoberfest and floating down the Nile river, a couple of my other favorites.
We were exhausted by the end of the day, but finished off our last full day in Brazil by visiting a Brazilian BBQ for $R22 ($11AU) a head. We couldn’t quite believe it, and thought we may have got it wrong but no, it was all you can eat salads, vegetables, pastas, rice, potatoes, a small (thank god!) selection of desserts and then as much meat, sausages, chicken, cheese, pineapple as you can eat, which they bring around to your table throughout your sitting, it was delicious and I managed to stuff myself just before uncomfortable.
Visiting Foz do Iguacu and the waterfalls in one day.
The bus #120 goes from central Foz do Iguacu, via the international/domestic airport and then on to the National Park where you will find the great falls, it also makes this return trip via the airport once again every 15 minutes. I am aware many tourists prefer not to spend too much time in this region given that they don’t offer a huge amount apart from the falls, so packing as much in to a short time is preferred. With this in mind a good option to take would be to perhaps land at Foz do Iguacu in the morning, anytime before 10am-11am would be suitable and then take this #120 bus from right outside the terminal exit straight on to the falls, but ensure your bus is not going in the Central direction, but the waterfalls direction – ask the bus driver.
I spotted luggage lockers (unsure how much they cost but wouldn’t think too much), with plenty of big packs all sitting in there, so whether you come straight from the airport in the morning with your luggage and pop this in the luggage room or bring your luggage with you from your accommodation and then catch the #120 straight from the Park to the airport, these would both be easy enough options to maximize your time in Foz do Iguacu. If you were staying the night, you could then once again catch the #120 to downtown where most accommodation can be found.