The next day Ellen and Rachel arrived about 11am so we headed off to the Brazil Iguazu side on the bus. When we got there we paid 37 real for the ticket and got on a bus to go to the main walking path down to the Devils Throat. The path was an easy walk and there were some great shots to show the whole of the falls which were really amazing. You don't realise how many there are and how big they are until you look from this side. We took some pictures on the path and then made our way to the bridge which you can walk down and get really close and extremely wet. You are literally in the middle of the bigger falls, its amazing. After this we headed for the elevators where you go up and overlook the falls. It was a good day out and great to experience both sides of the falls. I forgot to mention about these little animals which live on the falls on both sides. Coatis on the Argentina side as they are called are these cute looking creatures with long beaks and big tails that make little beeping noises when they walk around. They look a bit like racoons but you are warned to stay away as they get aggressive especially when it comes to food. Sanj, Ellen and I then headed off on the bus to head back to town. When we got back we spent the afternoon chilling out and I uploaded my pictures. Later on we headed to the supermarket to pick up some food as we had a long bus ride to Florianopolis. The bus ended up being 2 hours late but we had a nice couple we travelled with. We were meant to arrive at 11am but did not get there until 3 in the afternoon and it was roasting. We had a painstaking 2 buses to get to our final destination and they have these turn style things to get through which are a nightmare on the buses with massive backpacks.
Florianópolis is the capital city of Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil. It is composed of one main island, the Island of Santa Catarina (Ilha de Santa Catarina), a continental part and the surrounding small islands. It has a population of 408,161. The metropolitan area has an estimated population of 980,396. The city has 42 beaches and is a center of surfing activity. When we arrived in Barra de Lagoa it was gorgeous and the place was packed. We stayed in the Backpackers share house which overlooked the beach. It was a really cute little hostel and the people were really friendly. That evening they did a BBQ for 18 real and it was AMAZING. There were lovely salads, a kind of curry vegetables, sausages which rocked my world..meat and chicken. It was so delicious and we were loving it. They also did a free Caipirinha every night which were delicious and got me drunk. How much of a light weight am I???. Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaca, sugar and lime. Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcholic beverage. While both run and cachaça are made from sugar cane derived products, most rum is made from molasses. Specifically with cachaça, the alcohol results from the fermentation of sugarcane juice that is afterwards distilled. These did go down a treat when we were there :) After dinner a chocolate man came around and sole different flavours of chocolate that his wife made for like 1.50 reals and they were devine. He was such a sweet little man with a tash to give Tom Selleck a run for his money. Needless to say we got invovled in this tradition every night we were there. I tried the peanut and coconut one when I was there. We were pretty exhausted after the previous days 20 hour journey so we did not go out that night. The next day the weather was miserable so I went for a little walk around the town which is pretty small. I dropped most my backpack in to be washed. Sadly in the previous hostel I had been attacked by bed bugs and was covered in nasty bites all over my body :( I was not a happy bunny. I got some cream from the farmacy and picked up a few little presents. Also then my GHDs gave up so it was a few things happening at once. We had a few empanadas for a late lunch which were lovely and they had hot sauce a bit like tabasco so it went down all the better. That night there was a team quiz and we won but it probably had something to do with a Brazilian guy being on our team. We won a jug of Caipirinha. After the quiz we played some cards for a few hours which was good fun. s***head has been the common game we have played since being away. The next day the weather had not improved which was so disappointing as it really would be a beautiful place when the sun was out and I am desperate for some sunshine..We went for a walk and had some lunch on the beach. Sanj and I got some lovely fish, salad, potatoes and rice and it was a massive lunch. Ellen and I left at 4 and headed on 3 different buses to the airport to get a flight with TAM to Rio. We met Josh from Sydney on the way and we ended up getting a taxi with him from the airport to Santa Theresa where we were staying for the night (well part of it) we got to Rio about 10ish and were up the next morning at 4am to get a bus to Mangaratiba. This was the port where we would get a boat to Ilha Grande and stay in the town of Abraao.