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Campo Grande to Foz, Brazil - Man Busted With Suitcase Of Cocaine On My Bus

Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

Police Checkpoint

This was a 10hr bus journey through the night leaving at 8:30pm from Campo
Brazil Photo - Turtles on a wooden bridge.
Turtles on a wooden bridge.
Grande to Foz after visiting the Pantanal forests and grasslands. Halfway through the night the bus stopped at a police checkpoint. They came onboard. I was asleep and a policeman woke me up, he wanted to see everyones passport or ID. They may have run dogs through the luggage compartment. Anyway, what happened was that a South American man of some nationality was taken off the bus and they took him and his suitcase into the office right outside the bus and with all the people looking out the windows to see. They proceeded to cut open the sides of his suitcase with a knife to find a big load of cocaine inside. The whole of the checkpoint team were in there helping or looking on, at least 15 of them. The man sat on a chair with his head hung down. After their discovery the police were
Brazil Photo - Expresso Mato Grosso.
Expresso Mato Grosso.
giving each other high fives and shaking hands. They took photos of the man as he sat in the chair and stood him up and took him away. We were stopped there for maybe 45 minutes and then the bus drivers were finally given permission for the bus to be able to leave.

Cascavel To Foz

By early morning at around 6 or 7am we had arrived in Cascavel where I waited at the terminal for an hour to get on a bus to Foz and cross the border into Argentina at Puerto Iguazu. In the end the whole journey took around 12 hours. You never know who's on the bus!

     


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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Campo Grande to Foz (Brazil) to:


Map location: Campo Grande to Foz, Brazil. You never know who's aboard the bus!
 A : Pantanal (Wildlife Forest & Grasslands) - Brazil 194 kms 194 kms straight distance
 B : Concepcion - Paraguay 301 kms 301 kms straight distance
 C : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 380 kms 380 kms straight distance
 D : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 377 kms 377 kms straight distance
 E : Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil 365 kms 365 kms straight distance
 F : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 362 kms 362 kms straight distance
 G : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 411 kms 411 kms straight distance
 H : Gran Chaco - Paraguay 430 kms 430 kms straight distance
 I : Villarrica - Paraguay 430 kms 430 kms straight distance
 J : San Bernardino & Caacupe - Paraguay 428 kms 428 kms straight distance
 K : Corumba - Brazil 463 kms 463 kms straight distance
 L : Paraguari - Paraguay 461 kms 461 kms straight distance
 M : Asuncion - Paraguay 446 kms 446 kms straight distance
 N : Aregua & Itaugua - Paraguay 432 kms 432 kms straight distance
 O : Ybycui & Ybycui National Park - Paraguay 477 kms 477 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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