Headed to Sao Paulo, Brazil on the 6th for Carnival.
I ended up in Iguazu Falls, Argentina in order to get my brazillian visa.
The falls were amazing, though it seems that it rained every day I was there (though usually just a quick torrential down pour then it would clear up).
My next stop is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and as the busses take around 24 hours and do not offer lie flat seats, I decided to take a plane instead.
For around USD $200 I booked a one way (direct, nonstop, last minute) flight. There were cheaper flight with connections, or if I had bought it at least a day or two prior to departure, but I hadn’t a choice and didn’t want the connections.
I booked with a travel agency at the bus station and was able to pay with visa.
They were unable to assign seats at the travel agency and said I would have to do that at the airport.
I arrived at the airport approximately one hour before the flight. My hand luggage was weighed and I was told I couldn’t carry on both my case and backpack as both were over the 5kg limit. They did not charge me for checking the 19kg case though.
I requested seat 1A and they had no problem assigning me it.
On the airplane there was no bulkhead or anything in front of 1a just the exit door, so plenty of leg room. The entire row was empty as well (though some very rude French people from a large group squeezed into all the seats in the first row). I guess the normal flyers in webjet don’t know to ask for exit rows or first rows, that amazes me.
The seats were somewhat comfortable but allowed for no recline at all (they were in a fixed position).
The crew on board were friendly and helpful, however they charge for everything including soda (I wanted a sprite). They only accept brazillian reais, and no cards at all, which was a problem as I only had USD, Euro, and Argentinian pesos.
Flight went well. My case was the first off in the baggage claim.
Not a premium experience but I would fly webjet again considering how low the price was.
Checked into the Lagoa guesthouse
Lagoa Guest House
Rua do Humaitá,392
It’s about a 40 minute walk from the beach (or a 15 minute bus ride).
Cost: Around USD$50 a night for a private single room with ac.
The hostel itself is relatively clean, the people working there are friendly, they have a computer, VoIP phone, and free wifi for the guests. They also have working ac in all the rooms.
Last night, Friday night was quite quiet though. A few guests went out around 10, but nobody else was around the rest of the night.
Breakfast was a joke, in fact the concentrated juice was so bad I couldn’t even drink it. The glasses were dirty.
The beach hostel, a couple of blocks away seemed to be a much more fun place, but I couldn’t get another reservation there (and they didn’t have ac).