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Our Journey in: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

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 🙂

View from our hotel

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.

Although I’m amazed by the structure of the dam (the things we humans are capable of!), it does also break my heart to know what had to be done in order to make it.  It raises the question if dams are truly resourceful considering it has to destroy some land and nature through flooding in order to exist.  Honestly, I never thought dams through.  I just thought it was something we built to create a renewable source of energy utilizing what nature already creating.  It wasn’t until we were thinking about visiting this spot that our tour guide brought up the controversy regarding another dam the country was trying to build that would destroy parts of the Amazon as well as remove some indigenous people – the Belo Monte Dam.  Check it out.  There is also a documentary on the Itaipu Dam worth watching too.  We watched it the day before we decided to visit it.
In the evening, we had dinner at a spot nearby our hotel where we had some amazing Brazilian food.  Here’s where we had the picanha tossed in onions served on a sizzling plate.  One of THE BEST meals we had while in Brazil, hands down.  It was served with fried yucca root, and we ordered an extra side of onion rings for kicks. YUM.  What a way to end the trip!

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!”

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