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Brazil - Foz do Iguaçu

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After a long overnght bus from Sao Paulo, we arrived in Foz do Iguaçu in readiness for one of South America´s big attractions...Iguazu Falls. Every traveller that we had passed recommend we saw the falls from both the Brazillian and Argentinian sides, very good advice. Our plan was to go to the Brazillian side on the morning of our arrival and then cross the border to stay in the Argentinian side that evening. Turns out, due to the lack of buses and time, we stayed in a very basic posada by the bus station. There are plenty and all run by old men! We also returned to Foz do Iguaçu a couple of days later en route to Paraguay.

Despite the hype, the falls were more impressive than what we could imagine...275 waterfalls that stretch for 2.7km, over 80m high on 2 levels. They vary from small streams to monumental amounts of gushing water at the ´Devils Throat.´The Brazillian side gives you a perspective of the entire set of falls from afar as well as some close up paths that wind over the water. The only downside - millions of tourists who all want a photo!

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The town itself had grown from nearly nothing to over 300,000 people since the 70`s due to the increase in tourism as well as the world's largest hydroelectric power generator, the Itaipu dam. Soon to be superseaded by China´s three gorges dam in terms of size, this place is massive! So big that it supplies 95% of Paraguay`s electicity needs and 25% of Brazils. It was the biggest construction of the twentieth century and is now considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 30.12.2012 16:00 Archived in Brazil

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