Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Public Bus in the Iguaçu Tri-Junction Area - Brazilian Side (I)
The secret of moving around by bus traveling in Foz do Iguaçu is to understand the – Pedro Antonio de Nadai Urban Transport Terminal or just TTU (Drawing above). The TTU occupies a large area in downtown Foz do Iguaçu between the Avenida Juscelino Kubitscheck – running roughly South-North and the Rua Tarobá where the Bosque Guarani Municipal Zoo is located. On an East-West course, the TTU is squeezed between the Travessa Luiz Gama and the Rua (Street) Mem de Sá. The map above gives you a general idea of where Foz do Iguaçu is located. It shows Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil), Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) to the right of Foz do Iguaçu across the Paraná River, Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) to the South across the Iguassu River, Hernandárias to the North of Ciudad del Este and to the West, Santa Terezinha de Itaipu.
If you remember that millions of Brazilians survive on a minimal monthly misery wage that now after hundreds of years of struggle has just bordered on the USD 150 mark, paying R$ 2.00 for a bus ride in town to be taken to and from work, twice a day, is a lot of money. The TTU has been created as a way to cut down part of that spending. Thanks to the TTU Transporte Integrado (Integrated Transportation) concept you can take a bus from the Airport in Foz do Iguaçu get off at the TTU and board a second bus “free” to another area of the city. So the important word here is INTEGRATED. There are a few non-integrated bus lines, i.e, buses there are not in this system both covering some city lines and metropolitan lines serving a few towns in the Foz do Iguaçu area. There are international metropolitan buses or international urban lines that leave Foz do Iguaçu to Puerto Iguazú (Argentina), Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Ciudad Presidente Franco (Paraguay) and Hernandárias (Paraguay).
Must of the buses that will be of interest to backpackers from most countries are in the integrated category. Here is a list:
Bus to Itaipu – Vila C Norte-Sul / Conjunto C /
Bus to Itaipu’s Bela Vista Wildlife Refuge
Bus to Iguassu Falls / Parque Nacional – via Aeroporto (National Park via Airport
Bus to the Three-Country-Three-River Meeting Point (Porto Meira)
Prainha de Três Lagoas – Três Lagoas Beach (on the Itaipu Lakeshore)
Buddhist Temple - Jardim California
CEAEC (Jardim Copacabana) Conscientiology Campus
Mosque - Take bus going to Rodoviaria, INSS
Universitária Line (Goes to Unioeste and Uniamerica campi)
Local Non-Integrated Buses
Interbairros - if you have some time to spare this line is a city tour!
Feeder bus - this operates only in and around thr Paudimar Youth Hostel
Non-Integrated Metropolitan Lines
To Santa Terezinha de Itaipu (Company is Viação Itaipu)
To São de Miguel do Iguaçu (Company is Princesa dos Campos)
To Itaipulândia and Santa Helena (Along the shores of the Itaipu Reservoir on the Brazilian side)
Ciudad del Este