We have left Brazil, an amazing country with some really cool people, both natives and travellers! We are now in Paraguay in search of an elusive chest x-ray for our New Zealand working visa. We are staying in a 3 star hotel (Paraguay is way cheaper than Brazil) called Hotel Palmas Del Sol, it is extremely nice and makes for a welcome change from hostels, albeit we have liked most of the ones we stayed at.
We are in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. It is considerably smaller than Sao Paulo, and has a more laid back attitude as well. We actually walked over the border, which is effectively the Iguaçu River into Ciudad del Este, which is known as the Supermarket of South America. Apparently lots of Brazilians and Argentinians go here to get there goods, as it is cheaper than their own countries. Unfortunately we did not have time to look around as we had our rucksacks on, but a couple of Norwegian girls that were also staying at Klein Hostel on the Brazilian side walked over with us for a days shopping.
We have spent our first couple of days here exploring the city, hitting some Lonely Planet recommended eateries, and trying to get in touch with el Doctor! Not easy when none of his receptionists speak any English! We have done a bit of sightseeing, although the sites are relatively few and far between, and we will also be attempting to get Eilidh a new camera for improved picture taking for the rest of the trip. We may also try and do a Spanish course whilst we are here, but maybe in Encarnación instead of Asuncion.
The highlight of our past week, and possibly even the trip so far, has been the Iguaçu Falls.
We went on a beautiful day, the sun was shining and it wasn’t too hot, and rainbows were in abundance, yet another Brazilian slice of paradise. We got the bus there, paid entrance into the national park, and then got another bus up to the trail that took you along the falls. There were multiple miniature falls lining the trail before you came out to the main part. The path extended into a runway overlooking some of the falls, and you could walk right out and look down. Rainbows were everywhere, and you could actually see them starting at the top of a waterfall and then curving down to end where the fall hit the river. There are loads and loads of pics on Flickr so go and check em out. If only we had had Eilidh’s camera for this! We spent pretty much all of the day at the falls, doing the trail twice to ensure we didn’t miss anything. We will be heading back to Iguaçu as soon as we have sorted out the chest x-ray to do the Argentinian side, and then we plan to head to Encarnacíon to do the language course.
So just a quick blog post this time, makes it much easier for all of us I think!