To properly experience the daunting trip from Sao Paolo to Foz de Iguaçu, we decided to travel in real Brazilian fashion.
Our Voyage started with a two-block walk to Sao Paolo’s metro system. The map, color-coded for contrast, looked similar to that of the DC Metro map. However, Sao Paolo’s system looked and felt like NYC’s Subway, but went above ground outside of the downtown area.
From Tiete, we boarded our Leito bus. It possessed sleeper seating, similar to a first-class cabins of international flights and it was definitely worth it. The trip length was 14 hours, including 3 stops at rest stations. Luckily, the comfortable cabins presented an ample sleeping opportunity that took up the majority of the trip.
In the town of Iguaçu, our trip required a series of short transfers to reach our destination. We befriended a Brazilian couple that spoke English, who guided us to where we needed to be in order to reach the falls.
Iguazu Falls are located where the Iguazu River tumbles over the edge of the Paraná Plateau. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world.
As the path wound around the hillside, endless waterfalls began appearing. Eventually, the entire horizon is full of a variety of waterfalls. To put the size of the falls in perspective, the falls are taller than Niagara and twice as wide!
The feature tourist attraction is the walkway near the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) similar to the bridges at Niagara Falls. Visitors flock to this end of the path to partake in great pictures and eventually get drenched by the thick mist that surrounds the walkway.
After touring the falls, we found ourselves again with our new Brazilian acquaintances. With the time we had on the bus together, we discussed various pros and cons that are evident to Brazilians in regards to politics, the economy, education and food. This insight is more valuable than anything you can read in a book or learn in a classroom.