[Recapping our trip, 297 days in]
On Thursday, March 2, we finally headed out from Rio de Janeiro, exhausted from the Carnaval season. Thanks to 7,500 British Airways Avios and a small copay per person, we had access to a nice free flight to the western border with Paraguay and Argentina, at the amazing Iguaçu Falls. These falls need to do a lot more marketing, as a lot of people have never heard of them, but they’re taller than Niagara Falls, and twice as wide!
While the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu touches both the Paraguayan and Argentine borders, the waterfalls themselves are a little to the east, straddling the Brazil/Argentina border and not touching Paraguay. Travelers will usually pick an accommodation on one of the two sides, then spend a couple days, seeing the falls from each side on one day. We stayed at a really cute hostel on the Brazilian side, then spent our first full day March 3 taking a bus to the Brazilian side of the falls.
Interestingly, this was our first experience with a local animal, the Quati, that looked a little like a raccoon but with a long snout. They were adorable from a distance, but plenty of signs warned travelers not to feed them, lest they start to get aggressive and bite.
On our way back to the Brazilian side for the night, the four of us shared a taxi and found that it was about the same price as public transportation but an hour faster! For me and Charley personally, this was the first time we’ve crossed a border in a taxi, and it was a lot more seamless than we expected. The driver came equipped with a paper form for the four of us to list our names, nationalities, and passport numbers, and he pulled up to passport control and handed over his completed form and our four passports.
Unfortunately, we didn’t take any pictures of the Brazilian barbecue we had afterwards, but rest assured we took full advantage of all-you-can-eat meat for $10 USD. Iguaçu Falls was a really incredible experience; we made sure to exchange contact information with Alicia and Katharina, hopeful that our paths will cross again in the future!