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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2014, 02:11:44 PM »
Wow, some great pictures! It sounds like you had a great time. How was the weather? Miami-in-July-ish?

Too bad I didn't know about the Freddo there. That would have been really nice after a long day exploring.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2014, 02:33:28 PM »
Keep it coming!

Was St Martin's Island open? It was closed when we were there and I was wondering how much we missed out.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #32 on: February 16, 2014, 02:34:50 PM »
Wow, some great pictures! It sounds like you had a great time. How was the weather? Miami-in-July-ish?

Too bad I didn't know about the Freddo there. That would have been really nice after a long day exploring.

Thanks. Weather was actually really good, it drizzled a bit, but for the most part was very breezy. Yup, Freddo is a perfect end to the day!

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2014, 02:35:30 PM »
Keep it coming!

Was St Martin's Island open? It was closed when we were there and I was wondering how much we missed out.

Wasn't open by us either, but we walked all the way till the boat dock, great views.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2014, 02:42:41 PM »
Wasn't open by us either, but we walked all the way till the boat dock, great views.
Great views indeed! We did that as well as we went on the boat ride into the falls.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2014, 12:06:32 PM »
Iguaz˙/Iguašu Falls! - Part #2, & return to Sao Paulo
Our second and final morning in Puerto Iguazu, we got up at 6am, and called our driver to take us over the Border to the Brazil side of the falls. We had some minor payment problems just before we left our hotel, so we had to wait a bit for the manager to show up. Once that was sorted out we were on our way over to Brazil. The price we paid was 250 pesos, considering all the waiting time he did for us at the hotel, and at both of the borders, and being very patient all the way through, - was a great price. For exiting Argentina, we went through the border where they check for all passports and id's. Once you get your exit stamp, you cross the bridge over into Brazil (in middle of the bridge the colors on the side switch, from blue and white of Argentina to Brazil's green and yellow), nobody stopped us at the border for passports. To get a stamp you need to park, get out of the car and go inside the border office, which we did because we have a Brazilian visa. Another 15 minute drive from the border to the park, and we got there at about 11 - there was an hour time difference between Argentina and Brazil.

At Cataratas do Iguašu on the Brazil side, they have lockers where you can store your luggage and belongings for the whole day. We were able to fit all our suitcases and everything in one big locker for R$10. The park ticket price was R$48 (about $22 USD). While at the Iguazu park on the other side they have train's as their mode on transport, on this side they have Double-Decker Buses going every 5-10 minutes from the main entrance to the viewpoints of the falls. I found them to be a lot more convenient than the train, where there were long line of people waiting, as they have a train just once every 20-30 minutes. Try to get a seat on the top level, where there are no windows, so a great breeze comes in. The bus has about 4-5 stops, stopping at the paid attractions, the cataratas hotel and at the Trails to the Falls. We got off at the the first stop leading up to a trail that goes to the falls.

The views that you get from all along the trail are incredible. Most of the falls are located in Argentina, so when you are in Brazil you get a great panorama of all the falls. The actual observation decks on the Brazilian side were smaller, and got more crowded with lots of people wanting a picture there. They have their own version of Garganta do Diabo here too, though I found the Argentina one a lot better and more real. The Lookout Elevator are something unique on the Brazil side. A bit of a line to go up in one, but it's for-sure worth the wait, and it's included in the price of your admission. It's about a 30 second ride that takes you back up, to the top part of the falls, and where the road is. The elevator is all glass, so you will see a nice overview of some of the falls during the ride.

We then went to see to famous Hotel das Cataratas, a beautiful hotel located right inside the park. It was great to be able to relax in the lounge there, and stroll the nature gardens in the back.

By now, it was already late afternoon, and time to head to the airport to catch our flight back to Sao Paulo. We paid $81 USD for the ticket from Iguacu to Sao Paulo on TAM airlines. There are buses that go direct from the park to the airport for R$3, which we took for the 15 minute drive. The airport is very small, with just a handful of gates but lots of flights (and passengers) departing around the same time. We walked to our waiting plane at the taxi-way and boarded via airstairs. The flight was quick, just a little over an hour, and they served complimentary nuts and soft drinks. We arrived at GRU on schedule, got our luggage, and took a taxi to the city for R$60.

Pictures for this part here - http://yaalilitripreports.blogspot.com.br/2014/02/iguazuiguacu-falls-part-2-return-to-sao.html

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2014, 04:27:09 PM »
Nice end to the report! Besides for the views I personally found the Brazilian side underwhelming. I'm surprised the cab driver made you get out to get your passports stamped in Brazil; our driver just did it for us. I also noticed when we were at the border that many other cab drivers were going in for their clients to take care of the passports.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2014, 04:36:34 PM »
Nice end to the report! Besides for the views I personally found the Brazilian side underwhelming. I'm surprised the cab driver made you get out to get your passports stamped in Brazil; our driver just did it for us. I also noticed when we were at the border that many other cab drivers were going in for their clients to take care of the passports.

True, if I had to choose one it would definitely be the Argentina side. Although there is still something about the Brazil side that is very enjoyable. About the taxi he did offer to go out for us, but we wanted to make sure everything would be fine because we have student visas so we wanted to do it ourselves.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2014, 04:33:59 PM »
Finally got around to reading this, great report!
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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2014, 07:13:17 PM »
Can u get some advice what to do in BA? I'll have a day and a half

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #40 on: March 04, 2014, 10:04:07 PM »
Can u get some advice what to do in BA? I'll have a day and a half
Wrong thread, but take a bike tour of the city. It was awesome.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2014, 06:54:11 PM »
Can u get some advice what to do in BA? I'll have a day and a half

Read the 2-3 parts bout ba. Lots of info there.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #42 on: March 25, 2014, 10:05:52 PM »
Rio de Janeiro - The End
For this year I am based in Sao Paulo. Flights from SAO to RIO can be quite expensive at time, as it is a heavy business route and also a route airlines need a lot for connectors. Nonetheless lots of time you can get great fares, as there is a ton of capacity on the route, A flight about every 15 minutes! So airlines always have tons of seats to sell. My flight was a little over $100 US for a round-trip on GOL air. GOL flies with an all 737 fleet, the planes I was on were in very good condition.

My departing flight was from CGH (Sao Paulo Downtown) airport. The airport handles most of the closer flights, especially flights to Rio. There were plenty of empty seats on our flight to GIG that morning. Water and Coffee were served complimentary onboard the quick 35 minute flight. The views from the flight were amazing, as we flew right over the high-rise buildings from CGH and over the Brazilian coastline to Rio. GIG airport is currently undergoing major construction in preparation for the upcoming world cup. It looks like a huge warehouse now, as they dismantled walls and ceilings to build newer ones.

The airport has very good air-conditioned coach shuttle buses, that run from the airport to all parts of the city. It was R$13 (about $6 US) to go from the airport to Leblon where we was staying.

Tijuca Forest is not too far away from Leblon, so we decided to walk along the ocean to the outskirts of the forest area. We passed by the Sheraton Rio, didn't look that good actually, maybe they are doing construction too now.. We hiked a bit in the forest, passing by some grand views of the city and the coast.

We spent lots of time at the Copacabana area. At night and day there are lots of street performers in the area, really nice sand castles along the beach, fun area to be around. There are lots of vendors all over, selling things from beach towels to swimsuits, coconuts to beer, everything is sold at the beach, and at reasonable and negotiable prices. We got coconuts, a must to try it in Brazil, nothing like we have up north, for just about 2 us a coconut. Between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches there is a large mountain that we climbed to the top. Supposedly it's the best place to watch sunset from here, as it one of the only parts of the coastline that face slightly to the west. Though we weren't there then so can't vouch for it. On Sunday when we were there the entire beach from Lame to Leblon was packed with thousands of people, try to go midweek if you can, or go to other beaches if you would like a little space for yourself.

At the advice of our host, we decided to climb Mount Urca instead of Sugarloaf. By doing this we avoided the crowds of tourists that all go to the only mountain on their guidebook. Mount Urca is located on the coastline, right beside Sugarloaf mountain. They do charge about 2 us to go in, as it is a military facility and it is heavily guarded. At the end of the 30 minutes climb, there are great views of Rio, the coast and the Sugarloaf mountain. Along the trail up we spotted several baby monkeys nestled in the trees, they were really cute.

We ate at the Sunday only restaurant called Barilan. It is located inside the Barilan college cafeteria, so Sunday they could use it as the school is not in session. The restaurant works in a buffet style, where you choose whatever you want on your plate, options included Schnitzel, nuggets, potato skins, dumplings, salad bar, sushi bar, asst fish etc.. You then take your plate to be weighed at the cashier, you could fill up again and have it weighed again, and when you are done, you hand the weight receipt over to the receptionist at the door and pay. Food was good, but nothing stood out as amazing. - 6/10.

Our last morning there we headed to the beach early, to watch perhaps one of the nicest Sunrise's in the world. The beach was empty at the hour, and nature was truly beautiful to see.

The flight back to Sao Paulo wasn't scheduled until late that day, though being that the SDU-CGH route is a major competitive business route, airlines go all out in accommodating costumers. Without much hassle my flight was switched to one leaving 45 minutes later in the early afternoon. Flight back they passed around drinks and snacks complimentary, this is the only route where they do it, again for the competing factor. All in all was very pleased with GOL's service.

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #43 on: March 25, 2014, 11:59:33 PM »
I was on and off if I should go to Buenos Aires tomorrow, just read the thread and I'm hungry. You really got me In the mood of  going. :D
But now the return flight I want isn't available :'(

Eta: great trip report btw

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Re: Ya'alili's Buenos Aires, Iguaz˙/Iguašu, Rio de Janeiro TR
« Reply #44 on: March 27, 2014, 01:06:42 AM »
Rio de Janeiro - The End
For this year I am based in Sao Paulo. Flights from SAO to RIO can be quite expensive at time, as it is a heavy business route and also a route airlines need a lot for connectors. Nonetheless lots of time you can get great fares, as there is a ton of capacity on the route, A flight about every 15 minutes! So airlines always have tons of seats to sell. My flight was a little over $100 US for a round-trip on GOL air. GOL flies with an all 737 fleet, the planes I was on were in very good condition.

My departing flight was from CGH (Sao Paulo Downtown) airport. The airport handles most of the closer flights, especially flights to Rio. There were plenty of empty seats on our flight to GIG that morning. Water and Coffee were served complimentary onboard the quick 35 minute flight. The views from the flight were amazing, as we flew right over the high-rise buildings from CGH and over the Brazilian coastline to Rio. GIG airport is currently undergoing major construction in preparation for the upcoming world cup. It looks like a huge warehouse now, as they dismantled walls and ceilings to build newer ones.

The airport has very good air-conditioned coach shuttle buses, that run from the airport to all parts of the city. It was R$13 (about $6 US) to go from the airport to Leblon where we was staying.

Tijuca Forest is not too far away from Leblon, so we decided to walk along the ocean to the outskirts of the forest area. We passed by the Sheraton Rio, didn't look that good actually, maybe they are doing construction too now.. We hiked a bit in the forest, passing by some grand views of the city and the coast.

We spent lots of time at the Copacabana area. At night and day there are lots of street performers in the area, really nice sand castles along the beach, fun area to be around. There are lots of vendors all over, selling things from beach towels to swimsuits, coconuts to beer, everything is sold at the beach, and at reasonable and negotiable prices. We got coconuts, a must to try it in Brazil, nothing like we have up north, for just about 2 us a coconut. Between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches there is a large mountain that we climbed to the top. Supposedly it's the best place to watch sunset from here, as it one of the only parts of the coastline that face slightly to the west. Though we weren't there then so can't vouch for it. On Sunday when we were there the entire beach from Lame to Leblon was packed with thousands of people, try to go midweek if you can, or go to other beaches if you would like a little space for yourself.

At the advice of our host, we decided to climb Mount Urca instead of Sugarloaf. By doing this we avoided the crowds of tourists that all go to the only mountain on their guidebook. Mount Urca is located on the coastline, right beside Sugarloaf mountain. They do charge about 2 us to go in, as it is a military facility and it is heavily guarded. At the end of the 30 minutes climb, there are great views of Rio, the coast and the Sugarloaf mountain. Along the trail up we spotted several baby monkeys nestled in the trees, they were really cute.

We ate at the Sunday only restaurant called Barilan. It is located inside the Barilan college cafeteria, so Sunday they could use it as the school is not in session. The restaurant works in a buffet style, where you choose whatever you want on your plate, options included Schnitzel, nuggets, potato skins, dumplings, salad bar, sushi bar, asst fish etc.. You then take your plate to be weighed at the cashier, you could fill up again and have it weighed again, and when you are done, you hand the weight receipt over to the receptionist at the door and pay. Food was good, but nothing stood out as amazing. - 6/10.

Our last morning there we headed to the beach early, to watch perhaps one of the nicest Sunrise's in the world. The beach was empty at the hour, and nature was truly beautiful to see.

The flight back to Sao Paulo wasn't scheduled until late that day, though being that the SDU-CGH route is a major competitive business route, airlines go all out in accommodating costumers. Without much hassle my flight was switched to one leaving 45 minutes later in the early afternoon. Flight back they passed around drinks and snacks complimentary, this is the only route where they do it, again for the competing factor. All in all was very pleased with GOL's service.
I'm glad you had nice weather while there. Lucky you!