Iguazu Waterfalls {Traveldiary}


Imagine a hundred percent humidity. You sweat, its hot, your hair and clothes are sticked to your body. In general you feel uncomfortable and you wonder why on earth you left the air conditioned hostel. But then you look around, you see a beautiful landscape, breathtaking nature and huge waterfalls. For a second you totally forget how uncomfortable you are. 
Here you are, at the biggest waterfalls you have ever been to! Its breathtaking. 

Iguazu is a dream.

Brazilian Side


We arrived in Foz de Iguazu early morning and after checking into the Hostel we directly left for the Brazilian side of the Waterfalls. After a short bus ride and an hour waiting time at the entrance a tourist bus took us to the beginning of the hike. The Brazilian side can be done in two hours! It is not as big as the Argentinian side. We walked the hike, took a lot of pictures and enjoyed the amazing view!
Unfortunately we were not the only ones on the path. There were so many other people that it was partly difficult to even reach a good view point. It felt like you did not had a chance to stop or turn around because people were automatically just pushing you to keep on walking.

After a long day of bus rides and sightseeing we head back home. We directly jumped into the pool and got welcomed with some Caipirinhas.
I was so tired after the long day that I went to bed at around ten in the evening.


Argentinian Side

It was around nine when I left with Teresa, Nils a Swiss and two French for the Argentina side.
But to get there was way more complicated. After we got dropped of at the border to get our passports stamped we waited an hour for another bus to pick us up. We sat in the sun, playing card games and believing we would never be able to get there in time.
But we had luck. A bus came by. But instead of dropping us of at the Iguazu falls we landed at the bus terminal. We had to buy another expensive bus ticket to finally leave for the Falls.
By then at least three hours had passed! But we were a fun group. The French were constantly making jokes about anything and we had a good laugh the whole trip.
The nice thing about the Argentina side is, that you can just start walking. There are different paths and you can explore a lot of the national park without needing a bus to drive you.
We started by walking a four kilometer path up to a tourist office to buy tickets for the famous boat tour.
Afterwards we walked another long way to a viewpoint. We had the most amazing view over the Falls (After pushing away a bunch of Asian tourists who were blocking the view for hours).
We were just on our way to the boat tour when it started raining. And I am not talking about a little bit rain. I have never seen so much rain in my whole life! In two minutes we were wet til our underwear.
(I bet the go pro videos will turn out hilarious).
The boat ride was still a blast. It was pouring water and we drove into the waterfalls. I could not really see a lot or look up because of the rain, but we had so much fun!
It did not stop raining for a long time and we decided to get back to the entrance. It started getting cold as well. Wet and exhausted we made it to the bus. The air conditioner nearly killed us. We were sitting all together in the last row dying of cold.
Back at the hostel we were back to sweating and being hot. Even a short jump into the pool could not change it. We were so tired that we fell into our beds at eleven!


Paraguayan Side 

No, there are no waterfalls on this side. But apparently Ciudad del Este, the border city, is popular for its shopping. It is tax free so everyone goes there to buy cheap stuff (Seriously we did not get the hype. It was for sure not cheap).
But it took us a while to get there. Everyone tried to get over the boarder. It looked like a Apocalypse. Traffic jams and long waiting time. We decided to jump of the bus and made our way over the bridge to Paraguay by foot. We felt like illegal Immigrants who try to get into the States...
We literally just walked over the bridge into Paraguay. Still we got our passports stamped. Normally it is not necessary if you just enter for a day, but the inner Stamp-addict needed to get a Paraguay stamp.
We started to go shopping at one of the many shopping center just to find out that its still overpriced. So we ended up just buying stuff from the local vendors on the street. Teresa and I got us two knifes you could use in case you need to cut a Mango or something a like. We all now that none of us would ever dare using it in case someone tries to rob us. But its always good to have something to feel a bit safer (Or in case you are hungry).
After a medium successful shopping day we tried to get back to Brazil. But the traffic at the border was so bad that we decided to take a Moto Taxi.
So the three of us left Paraguay on a Motorbike. It was such a fun ride. In general our trip to Paraguay was fun.
In the evening we left to a nearby river with some people from the hostel. We drank some beer and watched the sunset!

Teresa and Nils left for Argentina that evening. And so I knew I had to keep on traveling as well.

I booked a 24 hour bus ride to Rio de Janeiro!








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