An hour and a half flight and a 16 hour trip by bus from Buenos Aires to Cataratas de Iguazú.
Iguazú Falls is called Cataratas del Iguazú in Spanish and Foz do Iguaçu in Portuguese, lie on the Argentina – Brazil border and are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
The name comes from the Guarani words “y” (water) and “ûasú” (big).
Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who escaped with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.
The Iguazú Waterfall is a wonder of nature and is known as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
The falls are part of an unique and practically virgin jungle ecosystem protected by Argentine and Brazilian national parks on either side of the cascades.
The waterfall itself is physically located in Argentina, but it is common to also visit the Brazilian side as well. On the Argentinean side of the waterfall you can walk right around the falling water, take a boat tour to the mouth of the waterfall, and explore the National Park next to the waterfall. On the other hand, the Brazilian side offers beautiful panoramic views.
The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometers (1.67 miles) of the Iguazú River.
The biggest attraction in Iguazu is the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s throat) where the biggest volume of water passes and creates the most memorable spectacle. The power of the falling water creates an incredible roar that can be heard from miles away.
Cataratas de Iguazú
Susanne and Luigi
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