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28/12/2017 bus from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires

We took the bus 27/12/2017 at 19:15 from Puerto Iguazu. The bus company is Via Bariloche and we bought the tickets online in November. Type of the service we chose was Cama and we booked seats 1 and 2 (first row, top floor). The bus tickets we printed out from the email we received from Busplus. 

Before we boarded, our rucksacks got labels with numbers and we got the same number stickers to keep. Also they checked our tickets and passports. The passport number on the ticket should match with your passport. Mine didn’t (as I got a new passport since I bought the tickets), but I just said I have a new passport. 

The seats were big and comfortable and you could make almost a flat bed from them (160 degrees). There is also a USB charging port for each seat and headphones jack to listen what is on the TV screen and also a speaker which some people leave on quite loud. Also a pillow and a blanket were provided. The toilet was on the lower deck and whenever the toilet was occupied, it was displayed in the bus on a small display, which some people don’t respect and still come to the closed toilet and keep knocking (bastards). The bus boarded maybe only 10 people in Puerto Iguazú. 

Our dinner arrived around 22:30 and we had some small salad, chicken schnitzel with mashed potato and desert. They also served drinks including wine. Like on the plane. Plus I forgot to mention, when the bus started it’s way, the bus attendant offered caramelos. 

Throughout the journey, tv displays various movies, majority of them in Spanish without subtitles. The front seats are quite close to the tv and can be annoying at night because of the high brightness. Although the views are great and I think you get more space in front of you. The tv was switched of around 1am. That time bus was fully full, as we boarded more people on the way. 

Also the bus often stops and get searched by various types of police and national guard. Sometimes they ask for passport and check your small bag, sometimes they check only someone on the bus, sometimes they have a sniffing dog and check the hold luggage compartment. 

The breakfast arrived at 9am and consisted of a lemon biscuit (tasty), some another biscuit and coffee or tea. It was enough for breakfast. 

Most of the people left the bus in stops further away from Retiro station, in outskirts of Buenos Aires. And when we got to Retiro, we had to show our stickers with numbers and they compared with the luggage. 

At Retiro, we wanted to take a taxi, but I couldn’t get my phone working with internet and BA taxi app. So we tried to catch a taxi at the taxi stand right next to Retiro and the driver quoted us 400 pesos! We said no, the BA taxi app shows us 120 pesos and he said that is for 1 person! Unbelievable! So we left and tried another driver and showing the quote from BA taxi. He said that is about right and we accepted. He was really nice old guy, taxímetro switched on using tarif 1 as it should be and we paid maybe 130 pesos at the end. 

In hotel Alpino, they didn’t have wall sockets to use with our EU plugs. So we had to charge from tv usb connector. 

And dinner in Club de la Milanesa (the same as twice before). 2 beers, 1 salad, 1 papás criminales, 1 water. 550 pesos. 

Summary:
- bus Via Bariloche
- Cama, upper deck, usb charger, first row quite nice view and enough space
- Departure 19:15 from Puerto Iguazu
- Served dinner at 22:30
- Served breakfast at 9am
- Many stops on the way - police controls
- Total journey 19 hours


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