Days spent: 2 (1 on the Brazilian side and 1 on the Argentinian one)
Days recommended: 2 are enough

Where we slept: Tetris Hostel in Foz do Iguaçu, made of containers, affordable, with a bubbly young personality. Also offers a free caipiriña for each guest…

What we ate: açai as an afternoon snack, overcooked pasta (our fault!), Argentinian empanadas.

What we drank: caipriña, many bottles of water.

How we travelled: we reached Foz do Iguaçu via night bus from Maringà (7 hours). Once there we travelled around by bus. We crossed the Argentinian border by taxi to make it quicker.

How many km we walked: 19 km

How Iguaçu waterfalls affected our wallets: not so much. Both the accommodation and the entrance to the parks were quite cheap (the latter was around 20€ each). Of course it depends on what kind of experience you look for. You can easily make it very pricey if you’re planning on long boat trips.

Issues we encountered: we heard stories of overnight touristic buses coming from São Paulo being stopped and robbed by gangs. We were unaware and nothing really happened. Maybe take a day bus if you are worried. Make sure to change some Brazilian real to Argentinian pesos before crossing the border because there’s no ATM nor money exchange at the park entrance on the Argentinian side.

Would we recommend it? Absolutely! One of the highlight of our trip! There’s a reason if these parks, which give home to the largest waterfalls system in the whole world, have been declared UNESCO World heritage sites. Both parks are absolutely worth it, because they can give a whole different experience.

Analogue tips: Wide angle lenses are a must (which, of course, I didn’t have). You really won’t be happy to miss out on some of the best panoramic shots you can take in a lifetime. I was quite upset…

What to do:

Things we missed: we didn’t give Foz do Iguaçu and Misiónes, the towns that give home to the parks, the chance to let us down. There’s actually not much of touristic relevance to be found so we didn’t feel like we were missing out on anything.

Who deserves a big thank you: Georg and Stephan for sharing the taxi with us and joining us on a quite epic second day. Thanks for the insight on German politics and for answering my cheeky questions about Angela Merkel.

Canon EOS 300, Fuji Velvia 100 (35)/Agfa CT Precisa 100 (35)

Olympus OM-10, Lomochrome Purple 100-400 (35)

Olympus OM-1, Agfa Scala 200 (35, expired)

10-11/12/2016, Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) and Misiónes (Argentina)

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April 8, 2017

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