Iguassu Falls

Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
Trip End May 29, 2009

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Saturday, May 2, 2009

Iguassu Falls, undeniably one of the greatest sights of the natural world, stands on the border of Argentina and Brazil just south of Paraguay. The falls can be seen from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides and offer a different view from each.  From the Brazilian side the great panorama of the falls can be seen from a distance as the majority of the water falls from the Argentine side and from the Brazilian side you can see many of the 270 discreet waterfalls that give the region its incredible feel.  Even from a distance the falls are impressive, but it is when you cross into Argentina to get close to the great curtains of water that the place comes alive.  Wandering along the mazes of cliffs and elevated platforms a glorious day can be spent in viewing the falls up close in awe of the power and majesty of these incredible flows of water.  The various waterfalls that cover the region vary from quaint streams down green leafed rock faces, to huge surges of water, culminating in the almighty "devils throat" a U-shaped, 82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide and 700-meter-long cataract where the water surges down to a foam of white that sprays water up to 150 meters into the gorge.  The roar of the falls can be heard from a long distance away and gives an eerie feeling while walking along the platforms above the calm but steady Iguassu River that spans like a marshland as it feeds water eternally toward the devils throat.  As it had been a period of little rain it meant the falls weren't at their peak but it also meant that we were able to go in boat trips right up to and even under some of the waterfalls which was an amazing experience so I didn't mind at all, even with the water levels low the devils throat is an incredible sight.
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