After Rio, we took a short plane ride to Foz de Iguacu, town of Iguacu Falls, a natural world wonder. We were picked up by a local who became our personal chaffeur for the remainder of the trip. It was a pleasant surprise! It was also really nice that he spoke a lot of English 🙂
Foz do Iguacu is a much smaller, low-key city than Rio was, but that’s absolutely no reason not to stop by. The community is smaller so they’re much more close knit; if anything, I feel they’re almost friendlier here. I also think we had the best meal we had in Brazil here.
No, it wasn’t McDonald’s. We do have this weird thing about having McDonald’s in different places to see how different their food gets. We don’t eat McD’s that often anyway, so it can’t be horribly bad, right? The banana pies here were interesting…
Iguacu Falls is beyond breathtaking. I don’t know if there are even words. It’s 3 times the size of Niagara Falls! Lucky for us, the day we showed up, it was sunny which brought us a beautiful rainbow to photograph. Apparently, it was pouring rain the day before. The odds were in our favor.
Our tour guide took this cute candid of us completely drenched after walking back and forth from the bridge. I am still stunned that the bridge stands so strong out there. The intensity of the water rushing down and the noise level it created had us yelling at each other while we were heading to the viewpoint. Mother nature doesn’t mess around!
We also made a little trip to the Itaipu Dam which is a modern world wonder itself. This dam provides 90% of Paraguay’s power and 20% of Brazil’s power. Fun fact: most of Brazil runs on renewable energy.
Before heading out to the airport and saying our final farewells, we dropped by an aviary which was really a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The highlight of this? I got to hang out with a toucan! He let me pet him, and another came around and tried to pick-pocket me. Well, not really. He was using his beak to peck at the bronze details of my bag, but it was incredibly adorable. You can see these two troublemakers in the photo. I have an oddly high level of adoration for toucans, so it really was one of those moments that made my life complete.
Overall, it was an unforgettable lifetime experience. I’m so excited to travel more with my love throughout the years ahead — DINK life or not 🙂 As he always says, “if there’s a will, there’s a way!”