Tres Fronterras and the Swampy Cow


The falls at Iguazu are only a few miles up the river from the triple international border shared between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.  On the way back from the Brazil side of the falls, Brian and I ride out to the Tres Fronterras (Three Frontiers) marker on the Brazil side of the equation.

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When we park and walk up for a pic, it takes me a minute to realize that we can see the Argentina marker across the Iguazu River on the other side.  We can’t see the Paraguay one from here, but the following day when we go to the Argentina side of the falls, we stop at the Argentina marker and then get a view of the Paraguay one on the other side of the Parana River.

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Each of the three pylons are painted in the colors of the flags of their home country.

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We spend several days at the Manga Rosa Hostel in Foz do Iguacu.  The owners, Joe and Gisele, are so nice.  Joe cooks us a couple of traditional Brazilian meals, proving he is not only a good hostel manager, but a great cook too.

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The dish is called Vaca Atolada.  Vaca is the word for cow, or beef.  And the loose translation we get after having this beef stew, is that it’s “swampy cow”, named for the consistency of a swamp.  Somehow the funny name doesn’t do this delicious meal justice.

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Joe make magic with seared beef, onions, garlic, yucca root….and who knows what else.

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The stew is cooked in a pressure cooker for a longer period of time that my hungry stomach wants, but it’s so worth the wait.  Joe stirs in some green onions at the end and then has us sprinkle a roasted flour made from yucca root over the top.  Later I see this powder in restaurants and see that the locals put it on nearly everything.  This stew is amazing!

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Thanks, Joe, for sharing this incredible local dish with us and for your warm hospitality….we loved our stay at the Manga Rosa.

 

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