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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bus to Três Lagoas via Rodoviária

Bus to Três Lagoas via Rodoviária

The TTU has three driveways and four plataforms. The platform on the Rua Mem de Sá is the one with the greatest amount of bus services offered – some of them of interest to the international public. Starting from the stop closest to the JK Avenue, there are buses that serve the regions of Tres Lagoas (Three Lagoons), Gleba Guarani and Jardim Dourado. At least two of these buses will either stop at the Rodoviaria Internacional de Foz do Iguaçu (International Bus Station)or stop pretty close to it. These are bus lines used by the population of these highly populous “bairros” or neighborhoods of Foz do Iguaçu. But besides the local population, these busses are very popular with backpackers of all kinds (Australians, New Zealanders, Israelis, Germans, Canadians, Americans, Japanese).

They are also popular with Brazilian tourists, Argentineans and Paraguayans returning from Brazilian beaches and many more. Since these buses have been meant for the local population they can be overcrowded with workers between 7 and 8 o’clock in the morning (in the neighborhood – city center direction), and 4 to 6 pm in the city center - neighborhood direction.

I have seen groups of Israelis or Europeans with huge back-breaking backpacks boarding these buses in these critical hours. I have never seen local people spitting on tourists or raising hell because of the confusion created by the rather educational and culturally enriching act of seeing huge backpacks made to fit a crowded bus. This is something positive about the people in Foz do Iguaçu. I really like to see how local people try to talk to travelers, teach them how to negotiate the turnstiles and how much the ticket costs besides trying to tell them where the bus stop is when the time to get off has come. I am sure that the situation would not be the same if those involved were middle class Brazilians, those who never ride on buses – including most of the people in town made richer and richer by tourism. The city has a rather serious problem with violence, thefts, robbery and murders – but I am very thankful to the local bandit and criminal community for leaving tourists out of our mess. Thank you all!

The buses going to Três Lagoas and Gleba Guarani besides making a stop at the Rodoviaria (Bus Station) they also will drive by and stop at or near several good hotels in town: Best Western Falls Galli, Recanto Park, Rafain Palace and Muffato Plaza Hotel (the same Muffato as the Supermarket).

The Rafain Palace Hotel has what may be the city’s largest convention and congress area and many of these events bring a lot of people to town and many guests are generated for hotels all over the city. So it is not difficult to see convention and congress participants using the local bus transportation service between the Rafain and their hotels and vice-versa. One note though: buses serving the rodoviaria (bus station) are of two kinds. Those going to the actual rodoviaria building and those passing near the rodoviaria along the Avenida Costa e Silva – an avenue I sometimes refer to as the Motel Avenue or Avenue of Motels. Prefer those buses with a sign saying that the bus will take the Avenida Paraná – INSS route.

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