September Packing List
Well, what can I say. You are likely going to visit the most voluminous falls in the world, and you are looking for tips on what to pack? One thing that is certain is that you will in fact get wet. The spray from these falls alone is more like a torrential downpour in certain places. But on the other hand, it is extremely warm and muggy here when you are not getting rained on. So I would recommend that you bring a nice light weight rainjacket and rain pants if you really want to get in and enjoy the falls to the utmost. You can likely stay far enough away if you really had to, but what fun would that be?
In order to eat dinner outside our resort, we had to use a taxi to get into town. Our hotel had a taxi stand right outside the resort entrance and they would tell them where to take us and on the way back we had the restaurants call us a taxi. Taxis are metered here, the fare was close to R$16 each time we took one, about $8US.
Parrots come in many sizes
Having been saturated with the Natural Wonder of the Iguaçu Falls next comes the flora and fauna of the area presented by the Bird Park in this most concise and acceptable form.
Located conveniently just 100 meters away from the Iguaçu Park entrance, this unique Zoo offers variety of local birds in their natural habitat on display.
No need for lowering your voice (comes handy when traveling with children), no need of binoculars and no need for viper venom antidote since all of the reptiles are "behind bars". For the hardened "hands-on" biologist this environment might sound pervert but for a city boy this is a luxury of ultimate necessity.
The populace of the park includes myriad kinds of parrots, many kinds of humming birds (just on vacation from their Canadian hideouts) and of course the omnipresent toucan. Originally I was exposed to the toucan family in Central America, but they were no match for these ones. The size of the body and respectively the beak is three to five times larger. Coming from the mouth of a tourist these superlatives mean something, indeed.
For change, along the course of this predominantly bird show, one can see some local caimans and the infamous anaconda. Enjoy your visit!
Itaipu: the movie
The visit to Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant includes the screening of a movie where you can see the construction and the importance of this dam; that was very interesting, and finally I saw the dam with WATER (at least in a movie...)!!!!
I took the picture of the "wet" dam from a poster!!!
La visita a la Central Hidroeléctrica de Itaipú incluye la proyección de una película en donde se muestra la construcción y la importancia de esta represa; fue muy interesante, y finalmente vi la represa con AGUA (al menos en una película)!!!
Saqué la foto de la represa "mojada" de un poster!!!
Brazil meets Argentina and Paraguay
Most Three-countries-corners in Latin America are in the middle of nowhere but this one is a touristic hot spot with the biggest waterfalls in the world plus worlds second largest hydro-electric power station and a duty-free-zone surrounde by countries with extremely high duties not only on luxury goods.