Iguazu Falls

Trip Start Sep 01, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Angel Falls and Niagara Falls may be more famous than Iguazu Falls but nobody would doubt that these are the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. They lie on the border of Brazil and Argentina with Paraguay just a few miles away. This confluence of countries is known as Tres Fronteras. When the Roosevelts visited in 1932 Eleanor Roosevelt was heard to mutter in sympathy for Niagara, "Oh no, Niagara". On the Argentinian side alone there are more than 267 different waterfalls beside one another.

We went to the Brazillian side first. This is recommended bewcause you get the most impressive panoramic view from this side. You can walk along the waterfalls looking over to Argentina and at the end you reach the Devils Gorge which is the falls that straddles Brazil and Argentina. This is a true force of nature with millions of gallons falling into the gorge every second. The sound is a constant roar and the spray that it sends up drenches you immediately. There is a walkway along the edge of the falls and it is one of the few places in the world where you can peer over the edge of a waterfall.

That evening we had a torrential rainshower. Rain doesnt just fall here, it pounds the earth. The lightening show was pretty impressive aswell. The next day we visited the Argentinian side and because of the rainshower we had to take a boat ride up to the falls. We approached the falls and within minutes we were all drenched. We got so near to the falls that the spray was so heavy I was unable to keep my eyes open. At one stage I was less than 6 feet away from the bottom of a waterfall. The pounding of the water was sending shockwaves through me. The roar of the waterfall meant conversation was useless so lots of thumbs up were shown. The guides were genuinely excited about the force of the water telling us that this amount of water pours over the falls only once or twice every year. New falls were created just for that day as the water level rose overnight.

If ever you come to Argentina come to see the falls. How it is not a natural wonder of the world is beyond me.
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