Have a bit of catching up to do. Since the last blog we have visited São Paulo very briefly, the Iguazzu Falls and then flown to Buenos Aires.
The bus journey to São Paulo was horrendous, speed bumps for about twenty miles then some journey of death through the mountains, a stop at the most random service staton ever, and the smell of death coming from another guy on the bus. There were six of us on the bus, the smell of death from one and another woman who thought it was fine to file her nails.
Anyway, we arrived eventually (c6hrs) and took a taxi to the hostel we had booked. Lucked out, it was really nice tbh not to far from some boutique hotels I've stayed in except that it had a waffle maker to toast bread on..... There was a wee bit of confusion re the booking but it got sorted eventually. We just went for a wander round the area (Santa Maria) and stopped for a bite to eat, watched some Brazilian TOWIE filming and then headed home.
On Thursday we flew to Foz du iguassu (the Brazilian side) with LAN who still give you a pre flight sweetie and a snack on short internal flights. On the approach to land the pilot toils us that if seated on the left of the plane then we'd see the falls. We were on the right but there was a spare row so we moved across. And right enough, got a fab view of the falls.
Jumped in a taxi which took us through customs. Figured it was fine giving the driver our passports since he left us in the car with the keys......
Arrived at the hotel on the Argentinian side and checked in. Hotel was nice, wee pool, the owner brought drinks to the sunbeds, the shower had more than one setting and the wifi seemed to work well enough!
We chilled at the pool, then headed out for dinner. We thought we would go a walk first and ended up in a wee local market that had little cafés and food stalls. Ended up eating too much bread, olives and cured meat to then bother with dinner. We were sung to by some local with a guitar, New York New York seemed to be the only song he knew in English and he had no idea of the tune it seemed. Or he just couldn't sing in tune!
Friday was an early start. Up at 6.30 to head to the national part for it opening. It was definitely the right thing to do as we were on the first jeep tour and the first boat trip so no queuing. Although it did seem quite quiet. There was the option to "trek" but as we'd both rather trek up our own arses we bought the all inclusive ticket that took you everywhere with minimal effort. It was really warm after all..... There is a bus to take you to all these places but the taxis are cheap and the drivers negotiable.
Could go on and on about the falls, WOW. didn't imagine you'd get up so close to it all. The boat trip pretty much out you under one of the smaller ones. Sort of saw the absolute soaking coming so whipped my shorts off and sat in my pants. As didn't fancy a day of wet denim short chaffing.
The thing that was most difficult to get your head around was the massive expanse of water we walked across to get to the top of the falls. Crazy.
After both our trips we went for a cooling drink at the Sheraton. Which, for the record should be stayed in if anybody ever goes to the falls as part of a two week trip! Lovely, only hotel in the national park. View of the falls from the bar, more our cup of tea tbh...... Ah well.
Back to the hotel, chill, dinner, pack again for the next leg.
On Friday morning before our flight we took a helicopter ride over the falls so we could see the full view. Thankfully we got to the helipad before a bus load of Japanese tourists......
Then off to the airport for the flight to BA. Security wasn't all the secure, they had one wee tiny x ray machine, if you set the metal detector off they didn't really care.
On the plane it was obvious some people had been "trekking" the. Come straight to the plane. The stewardess walked up and down the plane twice with Febreezio. That was a relief.