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26/12/2017 Iguazu waterfalls Brasil side

After yesterday’s full day trip to the Argentinian side of the waterfalls, we had slow and long morning. Managed to take a bus at 10:30am. The bus company is called Crucero Del Norte, the bus runs on a schedule from terminal omnibus in Puerto Iguazu and the ticket they sell at the till outside is to Cataratas for 80 pesos return journey. The bus is more comfortable than the Rio Uruguay bus to Argentinian side. They have set return journey times and you can see them while you are buying the ticket at their till. Those times are in Argentinian time! There is one hour time difference between Argentina and Brasil. 

When the bus stops at Argentinian border before the bridge joining Argentina and Brasil, you need to get off the bus and get an Argentinian exit stamp to your passport. As you go through the immigration, the yellow bus waits at the exit for all passengers to get back in. Then it continues to the other side of the bridge to Brasil border. Here the bus stops and the driver spoke something in Spanish. Half of the passengers left the bus, half stayed, did not understand, or didn’t need to leave the bus. We asked someone if they can translate to us. Luckily someone could help us. If you are not Brazilian, you need to get off the bus to get Brasil entry stamp. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to get back to Argentina. So make sure you get the stamp to your passport. At the immigration only asked if I’m going to see the cataratas. Then you get back on the bus and continue the journey to the waterfalls. 

At the main entrance to iguazu park, you immediately see the difference to the Argentinian side. Much cleaner, a lot of employees to help you, good signs in English, automated kiosks to get the tickets and pay using payment card. Note that at the Argentinian side you can pay only in cash in pesos! Here at the Brazilian side pesos, reals, dollars, payment cards. The automated kiosk is excellent, English, easy, all types of payment card and there are no queues. 

With the ticket, you get through the entry gate and get on a free tourist bus to get you to the trail.  First two stops are for paid experiences, the third one is start of the trail. The trail is not long. The whole thing took us only maybe three hours including entry end exit. We caught rain for about 30 minutes around the busiest area at the devils throat ramp. Used a lift to another viewing platform and had small packed lunch, we prepared in our hotel, at food court. Here they don’t allow coati to get to people. In the Argentinian side they don’t care. 

Back at the entrance we waited for our bus at the same place they dropped us off. I think the bus was at 14:50. Again, don’t forget to get exit Brazilian stamp and entry Argentinian stamp to your passport. 

Back in Puerto Iguazu the usual thing - supermarket (280 pesos). And this evening also dinner in restaurant called Peruano. Paid 450 pesos, good value for what we got. 


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