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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Visiting the Brazilian side of the Three Border Marker is no longer free

Official Authorization to charge
Visitors to the Brazilian Three Border Mark now run by the Cataratas do Iguaçu S.A. private company partly owned by Advent International will have to pay R$ 14.00 plus R$ 1.00 as a volunteer contribuiton to the Iguassu Tourismo Promotion Fund totalling R$ 15.00. Fee began to be charged as of this Monday, January, 11. In US dollars that will amount to USD 3,50 plus the 30-cent contribution to the Iguassu Fund (Fundo Iguaçu). The total will be US$ 3,80, less than US$ 4 which seem to be OK. In return for the fee visitors will have a Bar known as the Boteco Cabeza de Vaca that offers the chance to have a "drink with a view" and what a view! Foz do Iguaçu (the city) residents do not pay. Parking fee for cars is R$ 5.00.

The rest of Brazilians will pay the same as Americans, Canadians, Australians, Paraguayans, Argentineans. Brazilians over 60, will pay half the amount. Brazilian Children will also pay half the fee from 2 through 11 will also pay half the entrance fee.  As said abovce residents of Foz do Iguaçu do not pay to get in but will have to prove that they live in the city. They can do that by bringing a legal document with a photo on it plus a something that shows a local address, Voter's card may be accepted.   

On the Iguassu Tourism Promtion Fund (ITPF)
The ITPF survives thanks to a R$ 1 contribution made by tourists and vitiors to the Iguaçu National Park, the Itaipu Binational Dam Tourism Complex, hotels and now the Three Border Mark now officialy part of the Marco das Americas (Mark of the Americas) Tourism Complex. The money contributed to the ITPF may be used beyond promotional interests. One example fo that "other use" has been seen after September 7, 1915 when a storm with strong winds, rains and left over 50,000 people roofless. Records show that morte than 3,00 houses had their roofs completey destroyed. The fund contributed over 80,000 to help the affected community mostly within a five-kilometers radius from the Three Border Mark.        

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