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DAY 212-225, May 9-22, 2012, Puerto Iguazu, Temp 24-28C (310km)
The last big destination on this trip was Puerto Iguazu and I would end up living there for a couple weeks as I enjoyed the Cataratas Moto 2012, the Iguazu Falls and the joys of organizing a possible bike sale.
Firstly though, I had to get up and go from San Ignacio which was harder than I thought after tasting their home-made banana jam! I think I ate 10 pieces of toast just to consume as much jam as I could. Wow...
An easy 250km passing some towns on the way to Puerto Iguazu where I would meet up with my Buenos Aires flatmate, Gui, one last time before he headed North towards Colombia and I returned South to BA for another month to live before returning to Canada.
Road report: San Ignacio to Puerto Iguazu, C2R6/7T2/3V7, forest, great nature colours and a nice road too.
|Jesuit Ruins I didn't pay $12 to see in San Ignacio
|I'm sure the ruins are lovely...
|Tourist booths outside the ruins. Must be low season.
|More Ruins as I left town
|Logging truck in my passing view
|Outstanding milanesa here in a
small town along the way North
|A fair few towns on the way
|Forest edging the road
|Along Rio Parana
I scouted around for a hostel while I awaited the arrival of my good friend Gui. After a few looks I decided on Hostel Sweet Hostel which had a good set up for 2 people and a great breakfast with bike parking. Unfortunately after a few days we released the management was a bit dodgy so moved on to Peter Pan's for another couple nights until Gui made his way North through Brazil back to Colombia. During our last days together we welcomed Conor who I set up in Residencia Los Rios (a good value hotel closer to the main streets), took in the Motor Bike Rally and went to Iguazu Falls.
|The end of Highway 12 and Argentina
|Entering Puerto Iguazu
|In front of Hostel Sweet Hostel
|Having a delicious brochetta at Charos
Friday night at the Rally. I parked my bike amongst the rest on the street with a "For Sale" sign on it. No bites though.
|I'm not a lover of 3 wheelers, but do appreciate the effort
|One of the many bike clubs in
|Quilmes the most marketed beer
|End of the 1st night
|We were not the only bikers to think about a day trip
|A lot of Brazilian Bikers
|Iguazu National Park
|Gui, always the funny photo guy
|Busy day. We took the train to the
furtherest point first
|Just about there, wow.
|As far as the eye can see
|First time in a boat since the Gap
|People paying $60 US for a dowse under some falls
|We took the free boat across to
San Martin Island
|Those Damn Crooked Vultures
|A lot of them
|A dream come true for Gui
|Rainbow and Falls
|Boats under the falls
San Martin Island in amongst the falls and rainbows.
|Friendly little guy
|Hanging around the path
|That's a close up
|I was unable to get my snack back
|You can see the boat that goes under the falls at the top
|One of many individually named
Back to the big city for a bit more Rally...
|The team at Charos., $10/guy for plenty of salty meat
|Rock band on the stage
When Gui set off to Brazil the next day I left Peter Pan's and moved to Residencia Los Rios (for my own room at $22/night) where Conor and I began our plan to sell the bikes in Paraguay or really anywhere we could. We were looking to get a little more than we paid for our bikes in North America as the price for a new, register bike is 3 times that in most of Latin America. The problem is out of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay only Paraguay allows foreign bike sales and they have the least amount of money, but that was the plan regardless.
Over the 2 weeks Conor put in a bit more work to our plan than I did since he could speak spanish and portugese and had a visa for Brazil, which we thought you needed to pass through to get to Paraguay. Thank you for your efforts. On one particular day when Conor had arranged buyers I did manage to sneak in to both countries as the borders were quite loose based on Conor's experience. I simply rode until I got stopped, which never happened. It was nice to set tire in both countries considering I thought I never would on this trip. The 2 weeks passed and the only offer we received was a bit under what we were asking. If I wasn't returning to Argentina again in November I would have taken the low offer. So, that was it in a nutshell for selling the bikes.
I decided to ride back to Buenos Aires and Conor decided to stuck it out for another couple weeks trying to make a deal (read his blog to see what happened, you'll find the link on the right side of my page, 1 man, 2 wheels, 3 Americas).
Good times in Puerto Iguazu.
Los Rios, a great little spot to live for 2 weeks. Yes I even got excited about the hangers in the closest. That's what happens after 6/7 months on the road.
|Some times the internet didn't work
in the room
|Following Conor in to the dangers ahead (kidding)
|Crossing the Arg bridge
|Illegally in Brazil!
|Similar to Puerto Iguazu, but a little more electric fences
|Then through the narrow bike
border to Paraguay
|Not to close pal
|Conor clipped his pannier in this
|Huge car traffic going back to Brazil
|Following are new helper, Rodolfo that Conor met on a bike
site. He spared as much time as he could. Thank you!
|One of the potential buyers was a
member of this Brazil MC in
Paraguay. Sons of Anarchy?
|A bunch of bikers hanging in the Paraguayan hood
|Ciudad del Este. Not a pretty town.
|Taking the bridge back to Arg you can see the exact border
|Our appreciation dinner for Rod's
help and his lovely GF Maria
Food shots over the 2 week stay
|Found this cheap lunch gem up a narrow street. $2 for
a bbq beef lomito sandwich (steak in a bun). Tasty!
|We ate a lot of steak in Arg
|Our lovely free breaky spot every morning at Los Rios.Media Lunas, fresh Orange juice, Fruit bowl, etc.
|Careful what you drink though
|Lovely pizza at La Misioneras
|Outstanding empanadas with
flavour stamps in the corners
|Mother and Daughter owned La Misioneras
|More exotic types of Emps then
most places in Arg at La Misioneras
Around the town
|Interesting things happening in front of Los Rios
|Tight to the wires
|Los Rios Crew
|Cool walls along the river
|Nice along the river. Took me 2 weeks to get my butt here.
|Hooligans in the streets
My final party night out in Puerto Iguazu was a boozy night at "La Barrancas" which was all you could drink for $20USD. I went there thinking I would practice my spanish with people, but that was not the case as everyone was from Foz de Iguazu, Brazil jumping the border for the cheaper drinks, etc. So, I learned a few words in Portuguese instead.
Last night: A quick tune up of the bike before making my way South to Buenos Aires again. After Conor and I had a really tasty last supper at the highly recommended La Vaca.
|A dirty air filter
|If you're going to do a trip like this you're going to get dirty
|Look at the feast! Great final supper at La Vaca
RECOMMEND: La Vaca, La Barrancas, Quita Penas, Iguazu Falls, Charos (for cheap and salty), Los Rios, La Misioneras for empanadas
NOT RECOMMENDED: Hostel Sweet Hostel, Peter Pan Hostel (way too many other choices in town to be stuck with these two)
NEXT - getting back to BA.
|Big bugs as you get tropical in Argentina
|No idea, but see the next photo
|Catching some bug fornication
|The monk was able to swing
his head to his waist. Awesome.
|Another family vehicle, this one in Paraguay
Pressured water, why don't we have tonnes of this in Canada. Healthier than pop and way more fun.
|Interesting bathroom décor
|Every country finds their own way to keep beer cold