A few things . . .
Remember, if you're visiting the falls from Argentina and you also want to see the Brazilian side, be sure to check on the visa requirements. Many people (including Americans) will be required to get a visa to enter Brazil.
Keep in mind it can get really hot out here so when you're out visiting the national parks, be certain that you drink enough water and take it easy.
For warnings about the dangerous elements around here, check out my Ciudad del Este, Paraguay page. To summarize, there are many groups, organizations and general "lowlifes" in this part of the world because of the border areas and the ease in which things can be smuggled into Brazil by way of Paraguay.
While there are plenty of internet places around, connections are not always reliable.
Taxis are also plentiful, but not all of the drivers are going to charge you an honest fare. Be sure to ask someone who would know how much the fare should cost before you go (the front desk of your hotel should know) and then get the driver to give you an estimate before you agree to the ride. I got taken for a ride (literally and figuratively) when I caught a cab from the Friendship Bridge (Ponte da Amizade) to Itaipu. I overpaid by about 20 reais. Also, be warned that not all of the cabs are well-maintained. In this picture, you can see that my taxi driver had to stop at a gas station to try to cool down the engine. Fortunately, we made it to our destination.
Still the weather...Winter time
Dnt take for granted that you?re comming to Brazil and all u r gng to find is hot days and nights!
Here in south brazil temperatures can get as low as 0?C!!!
So if u come here within May to August bring some warm clothes cz u can need them! :)
Don't feed the animals
The simple rule "Don't feed the animals " is not obeyed.
There are lots of racoons and they come so close because tourists feed them .It is such a viloation against these wonderful animals to feed them whatever garbage we might have with us. And when these animals loose there natural instincts to stay away, it is all too late.
- National/State Park
Four Legged Bandits!
While you are enjoying your time in Foz do Iguaçu, do be careful for the four legged stick-up artists known as the Coati. These animals are about the same size as a racoon, and really enjoy annoying you into getting a snack, only then to be even more annoying when they realize they have found a sucker.
If you feed them even a little bit, it will be impossible to get rid of them, so don't start the trend! You will find that most restaurant owners do their best to keep these pests away, but remember it is just them trying to survive, so don't blame them, blame the other tourists for giving them a hint of opportunity!
- National/State Park
Watch out for the coatis.
The coati is a little racoon like animal that is also called long nosed coon.
It's not dangorous as such but they are very annoying as they dig in to anything that looks like food and they are all over the place at the iguacu falls as soon as there is food in sight.
At first you will probaply think they are really cute with their funny long noses but they are really annoying in the long run as they jump up on the picnic tables and empty the bins for food and make a real mess.
Personally i think they still have some charm, but they can be extremely annoying and i would suggest that you do not start eating anything outdoor by the fals or you will have them following you and possibly have them trying to steal the food right out of your hand.
There are pretty decent indooor restaurants by the falls and i suggest that you eat there.
In Foz, they dont have monkeys, but...
Take a look at these little creatures. They are not dangerous or agressive, but they will steal anything that looks delicious right out of your hands or an open bag. There are hundreds of them near the entrance to the park, And they are not afraid of humans.
They are cute though! I at anytime prefer these nose bears, from the macacs of asia!
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
Tres Fronteiras Landmark
On my last day in Foz, I enquired at the tourist office about visiting the three frontiers landmark by bus, and was advised NOT to do so, unless travelling by taxi. Apparently, a Chinese tour goup had recently headed down there and were held up at gunpoint and robbed.
Go to the tourst office at the top of Avenida Brasil (where it junctions with Avenida Jorge Schimmelpfeng) and follow their advice.
- Budget Travel
Taking the bus across the border
When you take the public bus across the border from Argentina to Brazil be careful.
You purchase a ticket that takes you from Puerto Iguazu (ARGENTINA) to Foz do Iguacu. (BRAZIL) They are basically bus terminals on either side of the border aproximately 50 km apart.
The problem is, that the bus drivers are in such a hurry that they drop you off at the border and then keep going. They expect you to get picked up by the next bus when it comes through. The only reason you get off the bus at the border is so you can immigrate. The problem is the bus does not wait for anyone to cross the border into Brazil. AS soon as you get off the bus they just floor it with the remaining local passengers.
I was dumb enough to leave my food, water and a hat on the bus. It could have been worse.
The actual immigration process takes about 15 minutes depending on how many people are with you.
- Road Trip
Weather @ summer time
Iguassu can be extremely hot and humid during summer time, take a look at this picture (49ºC), it was taken downtown by a german friend (credits to Alex) on Jan 6th, 2004.
Bring a nice hat/cap, sunblock and drink liters of water!
- National/State Park
3rd most dangerous?
We were in Foz do Iguacu for the waterfalls of course, but figured we'd bum around town.. Of course, Brazil is in general more dangerous than a lot of other places, but according to these locals FdI is the "3rd most dangerous city in Brazil." So take that however you want to take it.
Most likely, if you need a Visa for Brazil, you'll need it for Argentina as well.
So make sure you have one before you get to the border as they will send you back...
So just check with the argentinian embassy before.
We were happy we brought ponchos...not only to protect ourselves but also our cameras. If you want to see it all here, you will get wet!!
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