In total we spent some 8 days in Foz do Iguacu till theturbo was repaired. While waiting, we took a bus tour to the waterfalls on the Argentineanside. Again everything was well organised (tour guide handled all passportformalities in and out Brazil/Argentina) and Jamaliah finally had the feelingof a real vacation. We stayed in Hotels, eating in restaurants and touristingby touring car. The falls on the Argentineanside are even more impressive than in Brazil. There are two well marked andpaved tracks through the jungle to different viewing point where at times, youare below the falls and other time above it. At the end of the track, there isa train ride and a long walking bridge to just above the Devils’ Throat. What astrong current, and to see the water fall right under your nose. It was crowdedbut bearable. Anyway, you cannot expect to be alone at such a natural wonder ofthe world.
Since it was weekend (free day at the workshop), we amusedourselves in town. We discovered a Chinese restaurant. It was always closed bythe time we got there for dinner (9pm). On the third attempt we were therebefore closing time and had such a lovely Asian meal that we went back againthe next day. Price is reasonable and huge serving (one dish of food is goodfor three people). There are also several Lebanese shawarma cafes near thehotel as well as local street vendors selling the local cuisine (rice, blackbeans, fries and chicken or beef, or hamburgers on bread). Sunday we took thetaxi out of town and visited a Buddhist temple. It must have been built duringthe building of the huge ITAPU dam for all the Chinese workers. This templemust have been privately funded give the many statues with names of Chinesecitizen from all over Brazil.
On Monday at 15:00 hrs we finally drove out of town. Hurray. Camper is fixed. Because we had already seen the waterfalls on the Argentinean side, there was no need to cross the border again. We choose to drive directly towards the coast (741 km) and camped twice at petrol stations. These are generally fine with toilets, showers, and internet, but very noisy with all the trucks stopping and tanking during the night. Now we are at a lovely spot in a small park on the side of a river near the coast. Rudy already had his usual swim but decided to sit and typed inside the camper to avoid getting eaten by sandflies. The prize you pay for camping near water. Along the way we made two stops.
One at the Vila Velha. This park offers a guided walk aroundan outcrop of ancient glaciers sediments. Due to erosion the sandstone has manyrecognisable shapes which the guide was eager to point out. One side of theoutcrop was cleared and the return walk is through the original jungle.
The other stop was in the large city of Curitiba where wedrove successfully through the busy streets and parked at the Museum OscarNiemeyer. Oscar is a famous architect who designed the new capital Brasilia.The museum is also housed in one of his creations, recognisable by the large eye-shapeddome in front of it (he did not like straight lines).
The roads in Brazil up till now are very well maintained.Sometimes you have to queue, in order to pass a section under maintenance. Thedrivers are well behaved (so far), and only overtake where possible on the busytwo lanes road full of trucks. Worth mentioning is the toll stations we have topass and pay. Yesterday alone we passed 5 toll stations within our 440 km trip.The road it through red farm land with soya and maize plantations as far as theeye can see. In the distance are some clusters of trees. Planted and also possibly remains of the original jungle.