We’re now in Foz do Iguaçu after flying in from Rio early this morning. Checked in at the local YHA and immediately heading to a nearby bird sanctuary with over 800 species, including toucans and many different parrots.

The last couple of days have been very hard work. After leaving Praia do Forte we caught a bus down the coast to Itacaré, a small fishing village/surfers' beach. We arrived late in the afternoon and checked straight into a hostel and got some food. The local reggae bar, Jungle Bar, had some good live music which we chilled out to until it was time to head back to the hostel for some sleep.

The next day we discovered that both Reynolds & Fabian had had their debit cards cloned in Salvador and proceeded to spend the larger part of the day on the phone to the banks sorting things out. In the end we only managed an hour or two in the sea but managed to catch some great waves and not hit the rocks.

The last 36 hours was spent largely on busses… first from Itacaré to Itabuna for a few hours, then changed at Itabuna to Vittoria (well over 12 hours) and finally Vittoria to Rio. Early start this morning when we flew to Foz do Iguaçu for the falls. Fabian got left behind in Rio as he’d run out of cash and couldn’t afford the flight.

Heading over the border to Argentina tomorrow to view the falls. Back to Rio in Tuesday and then the climbing should begin.