Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --- Mark Twain

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Day 606.
64 240 km since the beginning of the journey

Now back to Brazil to admire the Falls near the town of Fox do Iguagu. The weather was once again somehow especially hot and the clouds in the sky and predicted rain.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

To Brazil

Day 592
63 266 km since the beginning of the journey
Brazil, Foz do Iguacu

The beginning of the story is in the previous post - Brazil without a visa, the first attempt. In short - I can say that the Brazilian Consulate in Puerto Iguazuz found the best solution of their power to my particular case. They were ready to give me the cheapest urgent visa. The price was 100, ARG. All together it took only about an hour. Back at the border, another passport stamp, I gave away the Motor Vehicle Temporary Import and Argentina remained behind again.
 I did stop in the middle of the bridge to make a couple of pictures of this important moment and I was not the only one here to rejoice over the border crossing.

Monday, October 1, 2012

To Brazil without a visa, the first attempt

Day 591,
63 242 km since the beginning of the journey,
Argentina, Puerto Iguazú.

The next border crossing was planned from Argentina to Brazil. It had been reported in media in several places that from October 1, 2012 Brazil would be visa-free for Estonians. Actually it didn´t turn out exactly as expected. It was very simple and comfortable leaving Argentina. To get the exit temple there was even no need to step out of the car and 10 meters further there was another officer to whom I gave over the temporary car admission document. Everything was simple and convenient. In front there is a bridge and on the other side Brazil is waiting.

One half of the bridge has the colours of Argentina and the other half is in Brazilian colours.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Day 590,
63 219 km since the beginning of the journey,
Argentina, Puerto Iguazú.

Iguassu waterfalls are at the border of Argentina and Brazil and are an important tourist attraction for both countries. The name "Iguazu" has come from the Guarani language and means "Big Water”. The place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth seeing.

A legend about the creation of Iguassu waterfalls tells us that God had planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, but she instead had fled away with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. The enraged God had cut the river into two, created waterfalls and cursed the loved ones to keep falling down as waterfalls forever.
A picture tells us more than a thousand words. Only later, when you look at the picture, everything looks somehow much smaller. According to Wikipedia, depending on the level of water there are about 150-300 waterfalls covering the area of 2,7 kilometres.