Throughout most of the tourist locations in the area, we noticed there quite a few film crews making documentaries or news reports of the local area. In particular, this cameraman and reporter were in some locations which were a tad annoying, as they took up the whole space of several lookouts. If I were in the same position this time, we probably should have just sat down and enjoyed a Guarana at one of the convienently located snack bars and waited them out!
Wasn't that a Brad Pitt movie? Anyways, the real legend of the falls comes from the Caingangues Indians who lived in this part of the world. They believed that a fair maiden was going to be sacrificed to a god and when a young boy decided to play hero and save the maiden, he angered the god who then created a great crack in the earth that formed the falls. Supposedly, the young boy and the maiden were transformed by the god into a palm tree and a rock where they still stand today beneath the mighty waterfalls.
Let us never forget that those people are the original population in Brasil.
Best film ever seen on their history is
"The Mission" with "De Niro" and "Irons"
A film i will never forget - it was played during a night trip in the local tourist bus.
BTW the scenary was taken in the Foz
As in the rest of Brazil, tourists are very welcome, and are most appreciated if they try to speak some portuguese. A standard tip for a bellman is the equivalent of US$2.00 or so. In restaurants, tip 10% if the tip is not already included (it usually is) - it is best to ask if the tip is already included in the bill. Do not tip a taxi driver, and if so, only the amount necessary to round up to the nearest convenient currency denomination. I was chastized by the locals for over-tipping, which gives the locals serious heartburn.
Skol beer is the most popular beer in the Iguassu area it is not to be confused with the tougher American of the some name.