After leaving Parana, we moved onto Puerto Iguazu by bus, a trip of 14 hours on our first overnight bus in Argentina. Anyone who hasn't travelled by bus in Argentina is in for a pleasant surprise on their first long distance journey as most services are of excellent quality. This bus was semi-cama class so we had fairly big, comfortable seats. There was no dinner but luckily we had brought food with us. It's normal to show videos on these long bus journeys in Argentina and on this occasion we saw "The Motorcycle Diaries", an appropriate movie seeing as we were beginning our own trip around South America. I think the journey cost 35 dollars each.
This trip gave me a good idea of just how big Argentina is. Parana is in the north-east of the country, but after travelling 14 hours on a bus and arriving in Puerto Iguazu we were still in the north east!
We travelled to Parana from Concordia, on the Uruguayan border, a trip that gave us our first experience of Argentina's bus system. We were very impressed. Nice, big comfortable seats, a movie - "Meet the Fockers" - in Spanish with Spanish subtitles (great to help us learn the language), a good lunch. All in all a very relaxing journey. It made me look forward to the next Argentinian bus journey! Parana is about 4 hours from Concordia, and the bus station is at Av Ramirez 2598, south of the centre, about 15 minutes walk from the main square.
There are regular, cheap buses to Santa Fe, one of the country's oldest cities, on the west side of the Parana river. Santa Fe makes a good day trip from Parana, and has a couple of interesting museums and churches, as well as plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. Buses leave from the main terminal every half hour throughout the day and the journey takes 1 hour.