Louis Armstrong famously sung a song entitled, ‘What a Wonderful World’ and it is just that, isn’t it? After all, there are several lists which state all the wonders of the World (and we all love a good list, don’t we?)
There used to be just one list of wonders of the World. However, this list has evolved somewhat, and now there are several wonders of the World lists, ranging from the ancient wonders, to the new seven wonders cities, to the seven wonders of the underwater World.
So if you think you’ve ticked off most of the seven wonders of the World – you probably haven’t, and it is likely that a new list will appear sometime soon, highlighting another amazing area or place you should visit.
The problem with these lists, I find, is that everyone instantly wants to go. This then increases the cost of entry, and in some ways the actual wonder itself can look a little spoilt.
So if you are looking for the picture postcard image of a place; you won’t get it. What you’ll get is tour guides holding giant umbrellas, several people holding selfie sticks in your face, and the locals trying to flog you tourist tack from rain ponchos to keychains.
However, in saying that – this is not a reason to avoid it. The wonders, are wonders for a reason, and you should visit!
Visiting one of the Seven New Wonders of Nature – Iguaçu Falls, Brazil
Brazil is a massive country, and unless you have an inordinate amount of time then, it will be hard to see it all, so you’ll have to pick where you really want to see.
For me, it was the Iguaçu Falls, which is described online as an immense scenic set of waterfalls. Who can shrug off going there? It looked spectacular, and I thought that I may not make it to somewhere that awesome again, so jumped on a flight from Sao Paulo, and stayed in a shipping container, in the local town of Foz Do Iguaçu, for a few nights.
How to get to the Iguaçu Falls (Brazil side)
If you are staying in Brazil, likely in the town of Foz Do Iguaçu, then you can actually get a local bus to the falls. Buses depart every 20 minutes from the main bus terminal in the town centre (bus 120), and will take approximately 30 minutes to get there, at a cost of about 3 Brazilian Reals (60p). You can also get a taxi (if you are silly enough to waste your money on that of course)
The only thing you’ll have to prepare yourself for is a bit of a squeeze. Unlike in the western World, where if the bus is too full, they won’t let any more people on. Not in Brazil; they like to ram as many people on as possible, to maximise profits.
How much does it cost to get into the Iguacu Falls in Brazil?
Visiting the this wonder of the World, isn’t actually as expensive as you’d think. Not when you compare it to some of the other wonders of the World.
When you hop off the bus at the falls, you’ll come up to a large red building – head in there, and buy your tickets from the various windows (we didn’t need to queue up for long).
The cost for adults to get into the falls is 57.30 Reals (£11.50), which isn’t bad for a major tourist attraction.