Iguazu Falls National Park

I have been so excited about slowly working our way towards this post as we follow our adventures across South America, much like the feeling as we were traveling towards this destination in real life. As we finished our adventures in the Andes (Peru and Bolivia) and needed to find an airport to fly back home to Mexico, we decided that we had to see Iguazu Falls. We managed to find a cheap flight from Montevideo, Uruguay and began to plan our trip to the Waterfalls of Iguazu.

Iguazu falls is one of the most impressive natural wonders in South America. Located along the Iguazu River, the waterfalls have formed where the river meets the Parana Plateau. There are close to 300 individual waterfalls here, stretched along a 2.7-km stretch of land, and the powerful water plunges between 60 and 82 meters into the canyon below.

The Iguazu River forms the southernmost border between Brazil and Argentina, and the falls are shared between the two countries – a little unfairly in Argentina’s favour – in a 20/80 split. A little further downstream from the falls, is the “three corners”, where the Iguazu and Parana rivers join together, forming the border between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

I had been here before – in 2005 – but for Norma, this would be her first time visiting Iguazu. Both times I traveled to Iguazu required long overnight buses to cover the large distance between here and anywhere else. Both times the long journey was worth it, as the waterfalls are so beautiful and worth any inconvenience it takes to get here.

We got up early, took the bus from town and made it here before some of the crowds took over. We went straight to the Devil’s Throat, a massive horseshoe-shaped waterfall where the majority of the Parana River falls over the edge. The thunderous roar of the water and constant mist blowing up towards the viewing platform made for one impressive sight.

The rest of the day we spent walking the different trails that take you around the attraction, which lead to viewing platforms that allow you to get an up close and personal view. There is no shortage of impressive views. There are so many small, medium and large size waterfalls everywhere. In the rainy season – when we were visiting – the water surges and creates close to 300 individual falls. It was a day we will never forget.

Iguazu Falls are one of the best waterfalls in the world. It should sit near the top of everyone’s people’s bucket list and is (and was for us) one of the highlights of any trip to South America. We only had one day to explore, but we wish we had enough time to visit from the Brazil side as well, but sadly we only got the one day experience. These pictures are a testament to how amazing this place is.

Iguazu Falls National Park:

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The Devil’s Throat. 2017. 

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The view of the waterfalls from below. 2017.

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Welcome to the jungle. 2017.

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A coati sitting in a tree. 2017.

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Iguazu Falls. 2017.

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The thunderous sound of water crashing everywhere around you. 2017.

 

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Waterfalls. 2017.

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The Devil’s Throat. 2017.

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Butterflies. 2017.

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Upper Parana Rivier. 2017.

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Waterfall. 2017.

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The Devil’s Throat with mist. 2017.

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Across the other side of the falls, you can see the Brazil flag. 2017.

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Catwalks across the river. 2017.

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Double Rainbow. 2017.

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Iguazu Falls. 2017.

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Going in for a closer look. 2017.

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A Coati digging in the dirt. 2017.

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Norma posing in front of the waterfalls. 2017.

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Standing on the edge. 2017.

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Waterfalls and mist. 2017.

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Waterfalls everywhere. 2017.

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Popular viewing platform. 2017.

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Breathtaking views. 2017. 

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Iguazu Falls. 2017.

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A family of Coati’s. 2017.

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The calm before the fall. 2017.

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Wildlife everywhere. 2017.

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Viewing platforms. 2017.

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Mist rising from the Devil’s Throat. 2017.

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Picture Perfect. 2017.

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Rob posing in front of the falls. 2017.

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The upper Parana River. 2017.

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Failed Attempt: When shooting waterfall pictures its hard to avoid the mist. 2017.

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Iguazu Falls National Park. 2017. 

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