Che Lagarto Hostel - Foz do Iguaçu

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

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Che Lagarto Hostel - Foz do Iguaçu Oct 09, 2016
Che Lagarto Hostels are chain in South America, mostly in Brazil but I have seen them in Argentina and Uruguay. They are not uniform in style but this hostels offer kind of similar service. Hostel in Foz is placed in the old hotel building that has more than few floors (I think 6 floors, but not sure). Way you go up is with elevator that is a bit on the slow side. There is also a staircase that is pretty easy to negotiate.

Location of the hostel is in the downtown and it is easy to reach from city’s points of entry. Taxi is not horribly expensive and there is pretty good connection to the international bus station and you can walk to the intercity terminal.

Hostel has parking on the first floor behind and under the building. Style of the building is modern with lime green accents which are kind of trademark of the chain. At the reception you can chill on nice sofa and watch TV or you can inquire about surrounding attractions. There is a tourist agency in the lobby that offers transportation options and tours in the area. They are grossly overpriced, and if you are lazy to do things yourself, you’ll pay around double for everything. The biggest thing to see around is Iguacu Waterfall which is very easy to get to with local buses (both sides, Brazilian and Argentinean).

Second floor is place to relax, play pool or check internet on their computers (there is couple desktops that you can use), watch TV and have breakfast. Breakfast is fantastic, plentiful, with great variety of fruit, juices, hot and cold food to eat. You should stay in this place solely for their breakfast… Breakfast is made by two or three ladies that kind of make everything look like hotel. You can use their kitchen which is empty the whole afternoon. It is very spacious industrial kitchen and some stuff that you would need are locked in, but some pots are available.

The whole place is a bit sterile. My dorm had 4 beds, all single, and spacious bathroom. Very comfortable, secure (you get in with the card) and they also have big lockers that you can lock with your own lock. You can easily see that this building was purposely built to be a hostel.

Rooftop has some chairs and tables and you can hang out over there but it was a bit cold when I was visiting. The town is not attractive in any way. It is built on rolling hills, and they have a bit of shopping and some restaurants that are mostly super overpriced. Somehow there are many middle eastern restaurants around and I tried them for couple meals (quality was mediocre).

If you are into shopping, you should cross to Paraguay because they have huge market right after the border. Brazil and Argentina have access to incredible Iguazu falls and you should see then from both sides. It takes time to do that, but you can cover it in couple days and you don’t need any kind of tours, do everything with local transport.
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