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Argentina day 2 / Brazil day 1 – Crossing into Brazil and seeing Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side)

Posted by on July 16, 2011

Flag of Brazil BrasilAfter another overnight bus, we disembarked and rode a small van that took us through the Brazilian border and bam! We were in! First time in Brazil (Portuguese and Spanish spelling for the county is Brasil)! All thanks to having a visa in my passport allowing me to see one of the biggest countries in the world. We were off to the hotel first to drop our belongings first. Afterwards, it was off to Foz de Iguaçu, Portuguese for Iguazu Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in the world. They are big and on a major river that separates both Argentina and Brazil, who both share the falls. The Brazilian side was okay while I heard that the Argentinean side was supposed to be the better of the two. But today, it was going to be Brazil for now. As we were in the van going to the park, the guide stopped at a place where tourists could ride a helicopter and see the falls from above. That got me thinking, I should do that! That way I get a better view and understanding of the area from above. So I went ahead and bought my helicopter ticket. Some of the others did the same as well.

Helicopter, chopper tour guide sightseeing over Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Here comes the helicopter to land and provide tours over the falls

Once I got into a helicopter, there was this neat feeling that I was see something cool.

View above in a helicopter Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Iguazu Falls from above in a helicopter

View/sight from a helicopter Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

More of Iguaza Falls

View/sight from a helicopter Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Helicopter making a turn above the falls to get a better glimpse

What a sight! And I was right! I got to see the falls from a distance and wow, what a view.

View/sight from a helicopter Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

High above Iguaza Falls

View/sight from a helicopter Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Interesting look at the Falls

View/sight of water volume and mist from a helicopter Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

The gush and mist of the falls

Park entrance (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Park entrance

Of course, I was going to have to see it at the ground level as well. So once we got off, we headed back on the van towards the park. Once we were in, everyone could see the falls on the Brazilian side with rainbows and such. The whole thing was basically a national park dedicated to the falls amongst the jungle area.

Ground view of (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

There they are! Iguazu Falls of the Brazilian side at the ground level

National park (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Proof that I was at the Falls

Amongst the trees, jungle, vegetation, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

What the Falls might have looked with all the vegetation around

There were more trails along the river that allowed people to get better views of these falls. There was much shrubbery and trees and branches that it provided some natural views of the area.

Vista point, lookout area, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

There I was: looking good at a vista point of the falls

Dinosaur land like area, water, greenery, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Another good shot of the Falls, another section

Lots of plants (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Lots of vegetation around the Falls

If you were detail-oriented, you can see rainbows out there as well.

Rainbow (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Rainbow at the Falls

Rainbow over the water, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Me with a rainbow in the background

Rainbow, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Rainbow over a platform over the Falls

You could even get up-close-and-personal if you wish by walking onto this platform right over and by the falls! Just don’t fall over!

Rainbow over the falls and water, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Over the falls

Looking out with blue skies and clouds, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Looking out from the Falls on a platform

Smaller waterfalls, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

These waterfalls were still part of Iguaza but to me it was like looking at a smaller version of Niagara Falls

Once I was ready to go, I wanted to eat something and got this fried fish at the nearby fast food restaurant.

Isca de Peixe, Fried fish, (Iguazu Falls / Brazilian side), Brasil, Brazil

Isca de Peixe - Portuguese for fried fish

There is something about Brazilian food that makes it so good. This theme would come up every time I ate something in Brazil! I mean even at dinner time I went with the group to a really good restaurant which served a mix of various types such as salads, cheese on top of meat casserole, picanha (very good meat) served with onions and French fries, cheese on chicken, and rice. Just too good!

Rice, beans, vegetables, Brazilian food, Brasil/Brazil

Rice, beans, vegetables

Meat and potatoes, Brazilian food, Brasil/Brazil

Meat and potatoes, Brazilian style! This was the best course of dinner if you ask me!

The next day was going back to Argentina to see the falls on the better side so yet again, another trip to Argentina! But just for the day.