The next morning we set off early to cross the border and see the famous Iguaçu Falls. Every limit is a new challenge. You never know exactly what rules will apply and a lot depends on the whims of the border guard. The Paraná separates the countries from each other. We leave the “City of the East” and cross the “Bridge of Friendship” and wonder where the border officials are waiting with the stamps. We pass through portals where I expect to be stopped – but nothing happens. And then we are already in the city of Foz do Iguaçu and Brazil, without a stamp. I am enormously irritated. We continue in the direction of the waterfalls and hope that there will still be an office where you can officially enter the country, but that doesn’t happen.
We continue to the waterfalls, but no authority wants to officially let us enter. Since we’re already here, we’ll have a look at Iguaçu and tomorrow we’ll see how we officially make our entry.
We drive into Brazil – and can’t find a customs officer to stamp us into the country
After an entire day at the famous falls t’s getting late and time for us to go. We find accommodation in the town of Foz do Iguaçu. The next day we drive back to the “Bridge of Friendship” and cross it on foot.
We are rewarded with a view over the great river and the cities of Foz do Iguaçu and Ciudad del Este on either side in the morning mist.
We find the Paragayan migration office and leave without any problems. On the Brazilian side, entry also runs smoothly.
What we don’t know is that there is also a customs office here for the formal importation of our car. We will find out much later when we are in Bolivia.
The Brazilians are very friendly and we really like them. Our first impression was confirmed by our stay with fantastic hosts in the small town of Cascavel.