Iguazu Falls are one of the most famous – and stunning – waterfalls in the world. They hold this lofty praise with some good company – often compared alongside Niagra and Victoria Falls as one of the best. When you see it with your own eyes, it is hard to imagine a more impressive natural phenomenon. We visited in the rainy season when the rivers were swollen with extra water, adding to the spectacle.
There are close to 300 waterfalls located along a 2.7-km stretch of land, where the Iguazu River meets the Parana Plateau, falling as high as 82 meters from top to bottom. About half of this liquid power falls at a single point (known as the Devil’s Throat) which is the highest and the deepest part of the waterfalls and is the main attraction Iguazu. This is also the busiest part of the National Park and its impossible to avoid huge groups of tourists – it is worth every elbow to the chest to get a few minutes next to the Garganta del Diablo.
We spent an afternoon exploring the massive falls and captured a video of our day of adventures. There is so much to see and do here, with three “circuits” – a collection of catwalks and viewing platforms – which allow you to get up close to the waterfalls.
It’s impossible the capture in a video how truly impressive these falls are. Everywhere you look, there is water going over an edge. There is always the sound of water crashing, a constant mist rising up to hit your face, and the smell of the jungle all around you. It is a 360-degree assault on all of your senses.
If you have time – and a Brazilian Visa – you can spend two days viewing the falls from both sides of the river. We only had a short time to visit and chose the Argentina side (the larger and more popular side of the falls). There are many islands and catwalks that allows you to walk next to, underneath and beside this natural wonder. It allows you to get up close and personal with the waterfalls. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 1980’s (in both countries) and was recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
It is a place that you have to see to believe.
The Waterfalls of Iguazu:
What an amazing place! Iguazu Falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. When all this water reaches the Parana Plateau, it comes crashing down in a series of almost 300 individual waterfalls.
The main attraction is the Devil’s Throat -where about half of the total water reaches the edge. We spent a day exploring the Argentine side of the falls and tried to capture the experience on video. The constant sound of crashing water and the mist hitting your face (or camera lens) makes for an unforgettable experience.