05-Jan-2018 -- This is the last out of 11 reports reaching confluence points during our two-week trip through southern Brazil and eastern Paraguay. The story starts at 23°S 46°W and continues from 27°S 56°W. The itinerary and additional pictures can be found here.
I was wondering why this confluence hasn’t been visited with its 65 km beeline distance from the main tourist attraction of South America, the Iguaçu Falls. However, in order to reach this confluence from the Falls, the chokepoint Foz do Iguaçu with its busy border checkpoint into Paraguay needs to be passed.
We actually started the day in Encarnación in the very south of the country. In the morning we visited the Jesuit Reductions Trinidad and Jesus. In the afternoon we visited the mate company Selecta in Bella Vista where we got an insight in mate tea production. So it was already late afternoon when we began the attack on this confluence point.
From the main road towards Ciudad del Este, it is 12 km to the confluence point on a dusty road. Just at the end of the public road and 100 m before entering the village Yamo Chachugui we parked in 750 m distance to the confluence point. We followed a track, passing by a little hut until the track petered out at a distance of 400 m. We continued hiking across abandoned fields, partially through very high reeds. The final path found its end at a distance of 31 m to the confluence. In order to reach the exact confluence I had to find my way through dense and thorny vegetation, which was a challenge wearing sandals, shorts and T-shirt.
The confluence itself is in the possibly densest vegetation of tendrils, bamboo, ferns, trees, and many spider nets. Nearby is sprouting bamboo.
If a remaining distance of 31 m is sufficient, this confluence is not too hard to visit. We walked and drove the same way back and reached the nearby town Santa Rita by nightfall where we spent the night.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance of car parking: 750 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 25 minutes
- Time at the CP: 7:29 PM
- Measured height: 179 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
- Position accuracy: 5 m
- Topography: slightly hilly
- Vegetation: bamboo, tendrils, thorny bushes, trees of all sizes
- Weather: sunny, 27° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Unvisited Iguaçu Confluence
The story finishes here.