The Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil; however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.
The Iguaçu Falls are an awesome sight as tonnes of water throw themselves over cliffs and the mist rises amongst the jungle. They are taller than Niagara Falls, and twice as wide, for which Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have exclaimed on her first sight of the Falls: "Poor Niagara!". It is well worth spending a day on each side of the falls, especially if you plan to do any of the boat rides or other activities offered. Don't just rush past the main viewpoints and leave. It's important to get a good perspective on the park overall to appreciate this awesome sight. Whilst the majority of the falls are in Argentina, a better overview is had from the Brazilian side.
Jericoacoara is a place removed from the hurried modern world of screeching sirens, maniac deadlines, traffic jams and endless lineups. A place where streets are paved with sand, where beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and where warm water marries with palm swaying breezes. Until about 20 years ago, Jericoacoara was still a secluded and simple fishing village. There were no roads, no electricity, no phones, no TV's, no newspapers, and money was rarely used.
Since 1984, the area around Jericoacoara was declared Environmental Protection Area (APA) and became a National Park in 2002. This brought many building restrictions and tourism controls what help to preserve the area. Electricity arrived in the village and today, hot showers and air conditioning are no longer luxury articles. However, illumination of the streets is forbidden by local law.
One year after the another, it was again time for the craziest party on this planet: the Brazilian carnival! This year, I have spent the pre-carnival in Sao Paulo and moved on to Rio de Janeiro for the real and pure carnival madness. I was accompanied by my friend David and on my birthday, I could also meet my German friends Rebekka, Melanie and Sebastian, so I had a great time turning 31. We've celebrated on the streets of Lapa and went to the bar at the Caipihostel.
The other days, we have spent at random blocos around this stunning city and enjoyed the Brazilian way of life. On top, we have visited Cristo Redentor for the second time (to do at least some sightseeing) and went for a walk along Copacabana and Ipanema. During our time in Rio, we stayed in Santa Teresa, which is centrally located in Rio, though we were in need of using Uber quite often. The blocos were crazy - here, you will find some of my favorite pictures of the so called »Beatles Bloco« (Bloco Do Sargento Pimenta) Enjoy!