The final price for this optional excursion is still being finalized. However, we did not want to delay opening registration any longer, so we opened the project with the plan to have a final price within two weeks. Once we confirm the final price, all registered volunteers will be notified and this packet will be updated. The price will most likely be between $575-700.
At the end of the project, volunteers can choose to extend their stay in Brazil by joining an optional excursion to Iguazu Falls. The additional excursion fee will cover everything during the two-night, three day, excursion including round trip domestic flights, hotels, meals, ground transportation, all entrance fees and tour guides, and insurance during the excursion days. The excursion price is for double occupancy rooms. If you would like a single occupancy room, there is an additional fee.
On Sunday, those staying on for excursion will travel by plane to Foz do Iguazu where they’ll start their tour. Iguazu Falls is located on the Brazil-Argentina border. It is said that from Brazil you “see” the falls and from Argentina you “live” the falls, and visitors on this tour will get to enjoy the falls from both sides of the border. Iguazu comes from two Guarani words meaning “Big Water.” Depending on the water level there are between 150 and 300 individual cascades of water including the largest fall, Garganta do Diablo, or“Devil’s Throat,” where about half of the river’s flow falls more than 250 feet to the base.
In addition to seeing the falls from both sides of the border, the group will also take a boat ride up the river to the base of the falls and visit a hydroelectric dam in Brazil that creates about 25% of the electricity for the country of Brazil and is the world’s largest producer of electric power. On Monday night, the group will visit the Marco das Tres Fronteiras, the location where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet. There, you’ll enjoy the sunset and have an opportunity to buy some souvenirs. On Tuesday, February 5, the group will travel back to Sao Paulo and will then catch their international flight home.