Iguassu Falls - Brasil (and Noel went to Paraguay!)

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Iguassu Falls, looking towards Argentina from Brazil.

Had a different perspective of the falls today, from the Brazilian side.  Our driver took us to the visitor centre at the entrance, where we had a quick look at an ecological interpretative centre, then caught our double-decker bus into the park - the buses all have a different cartoon park animal on the side, such as snake, monkey etc., - we got the coatie bus!  Hopped out at the Hotel Cataratas, from where we took a 1km path along the cliff edge to see the Three Musketeers Falls and end up at the Devils Throat Falls again.  Today we see them from below, so quite different.  The spray is huge again, so more getting wet, but quite nice in the balmy weather.  The boardwalk takes you right over to the next ledge, so a bit eerie to be looking down about 50 metres below you.

Another view of the Argentinian falls from Brazil.
  Saw swifts seemingly flying in and out of the waterfalls, but then worked out that they must nest on the walls behind the flow, and come in and out through the gaps in the water where rocks block it from above - very impressive site, though.  Got the panoramic lift up to the top of the falls for our last view, then hopped on the monkey bus to head back to the visitor centre.  After lunch back at the hotel, Noel and the other Brits went over to Ciudad del Este in Paraguay to check out the duty free shopping.  The rest of us (who need visas to enter Paraguay) stayed home to internet and laze by the hotel pool, so Noel will continue below:

Trip from Foz to Ciudad del Este took about 15 minutes in our mini-bus, with immigration being very straightforward - hand over passport, get it stamped, go through!  The bridge between Brazil and Paraguay is really busy and chaotic, with people queuing to go through Brazilian customs - apparently this can take 8 hours at busy times.

Devils Throat from the Brazilian side.
  Definitely do NOT walk across the bridge on your own, as the pedestrian section is fenced in with high mesh and is dangerous - a popular place for muggings because nowhere to run to!  The city itself is a mass of streets selling everything you can think of (some genuine, most rip-off) from clothes, make-up, perfume, electronics etc..  Unless you really want to buy some cheap electronic goods, it´s probably not really worth a visit as there´s nothing for a tourist to see.  I bought a couple of bottles of cheap alcohol, but that´s about it.  Be aware that the electronic goods and DVD´s are for the American market and may not work in places such as Australia and Europe/UK.

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Iguassu Falls, looking towards Arg…
Iguassu Falls, looking towards Ar…
Another view of the Argentinian fa…
Another view of the Argentinian f…
Devils Throat from the Brazilian s…
Devils Throat from the Brazilian …
Devils Throat from Brazilian side.
Devils Throat from Brazilian side.
More water!!
More water!!
Rio Parana on the border with Para…
Rio Parana on the border with Par…
People queuing in Paraguay to go t…
People queuing in Paraguay to go …
The shopping mecca of Ciudad del E…
The shopping mecca of Ciudad del …
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