After a nine-hour red-eye flight from Charlotte, NC, we arrived about 1-1/2 hours late in São Paulo, Brazil. It's a good thing we had such a long layover in São Paulo. First we had problems getting money from an ATM. We tried the machines of several banks, and tried different options. We called Bank of America and were told we were asking for cash advances, which they do not allow. We tried again at a couple more banks, then gave up and exchanged cash into Brazilian reais. Next we tried to get Argentinian pesos, which the exchange company did not have. We found the Safra Bank did have Argentinian pesos. (They didn't have any Argentinian pesos at any exchange place in the Charlotte airport either.)
Finally we checked in to our afternoon flight to Foz do Iguaçu, stored our luggage in a locker, and had lunch.
Flying into Foz do Iguaçu, we could see down on the widened expanse of the Iguaçu River, and where it dropped in a nearly 2-mile wide set of waterfalls.
|Where the Iguaçu Falls drop|
After we checked in, we headed to the Parque das Aves/Bird Park (1994). Rather than wait for a bus, we walked the 1 km/.6 mile to the bird park, and paid the BR$28/$14 each admission fee. We had an hour to tour the park with the largest aviary in Latin America.
|Crax fasciolata/Bare-faced Currasow|
(only the males have yellow beaks) (KSS)
|Aburria jacutinga/Black-fronted Piping Guan (KSS)|
|Mitu tuberosum/Razor-billed Currasow (KSS)|
|Cariama cristata/Red-legged Seriema|
|Ramphastos toco/Toco Toucan|
|Guarouba guarouba/Golden Parakeets (KSS)|
|A couple Ara ararauna/|
Blue-and-yellow Macaws in the largest aviary
|In the butterfly garden, Caligo sp/Owl Butterfly|
|The TTU/Urban Transport Terminal|
|Highrises in Foz do Iguaçu|
|Tamiko with a chocolate mousse (KSS)|
|Hotel soap looked like the old-fashioned bubble gum|