There are less than 3 weeks left for departure and I am making progress with the preparations. Since my last post I have closed two very important things to start the trip on the right foot: reservation of the stay in Rio de Janeiro and one country exit test.
After combing the web in search of cheap apartments for 5 people and near the famous Copacabana beach I managed to find a website that offered a very limited number of apartments but at a good price and well located: riotemporada.net. In addition, the prices are in Reais -the currency of Brazil- which is a favorable factor compared to websites that continue to offer prices in dollars. The exchange of the European currency is very strong at the moment with respect to most South American currencies.
The apartment, with 2 rooms, place to sleep 5 and just two blocks from the beach has cost us about 17 euros per person and night, which is not bad considering that Brazil is, along with Chile and Venezuela, one of the most expensive countries in Latin America, it is already summer there and the flat is pretty good.
Tatiana, my girlfriend, has been the one who has called the agency and has sent us our details for the issuance of an accommodation test that will serve us for our border crossing.
The second task I had been working on for the last month was to find a bus ticket that left from Brazil to any of the border countries that we are going to visit. Our preference was to leave Campo Grande to go to Asunción but I did not find any company that allowed the online purchase of that route. Thanks to the help of Tony and his fantastic blog deviajeabrasil I found the Argentine company Crucero del Norte, which sells tickets online for the Foz do Iguazu-Buenos Aires route. However, after several calls to the Argentine call center, they told me that the prices for the date I was looking for - mid December - would not be available until mid-November. My joy in a well since I need the physical test in my possession for the day of departure, November 9.
I returned to my original option: la brasileira Pen. Thanks again to Tati - who provided his Brazilian identification number - we were able to register on the web and buy the same route we saw in Crucero del Norte ... and cheaper. For less than 30 euros we will go by car bed from Foz to Buenos Aires on December 13. From there, I will look for life to reach Montevideo, But that is another story. Pluma is a very good option for both domestic and international bus trips, but it has the restriction of needing an identity card from a Brazilian resident to make the purchase. This type of security measure is related to the strict control of credit card payment made in Brazil. However, if you know someone who can register, there is no problem that the people traveling are others as well as the holder of the credit card. Or at least that's what they told us in the company when we called them.
Only 16 days left.