Long Bus Journey to Foz do Iguaçu
The overnight bus from Rio to Foz do Iguaçu was less fancy than the one from Brasilia to Rio meaning no business class type of seats and such. While I was the only foreign tourist in the bus from Brasilia to Rio the situation changed for the bus from Rio to Foz do Iguaçu where about half of the people were western tourists. The travel time was kind of long too. We left yesterday at 1:30pm and didn’t arrive before 2:30pm today which makes it 25 hours in total. I probably could have travelled directly from Brasilia to Foz do Iguaçu but when I left Brasilia I didn’t know where to go but just wanted to leave.
The bus stopped from time to time but I wasn’t sure if it just stopped for a few minutes to let people board or if it was a proper stop where we could actually hop-off the bus and get something to eat. After a while I found out I better only leave the bus when the driver has switched off the engine completely and was fine with this strategy. There were two French guys who were also kind of confused and during a stop in some small town they were left behind. Luckily we noticed it and made the driver stop and return to pick them up.
After I arrived in Foz do Iguaçu I didn’t wanted to search for the hostel and just jumped into a taxi straight away. It seemed the hostel is situated at the other site of the city from the viewpoint of the bus terminal I arrived in and a bit outside too, very close to the Iguazu Falls. Luckily they had received my reservation but no single room was available so I moved into dorm accommodation. I was the first one to arrive in the dorm so I had the choice in which of the six beds I want to sleep.
The hostel was very nice. Free Wi-Fi, a pool, a bar with good drinks and tasteful food so I just stayed there for the rest of the day. While I was chilling out in the pool area I spotted Marco, the Swiss guy who was travelling with me from Salvador to Rio. Marco had left us in Rio in order to continue travelling with Kumuka another overland company from the UK. I was very surprised to see him and he invited me for drink. Marco was also running into the Dragoman truck while being in Bonito and so he told me the latest gossip which was entertaining to listen to…