The widest waterfall in the world

Trip Start Jul 04, 2006
Trip End Sep 01, 2006

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

When I started planning my trip Brazil was not on the itinerary. In fact South America was not in the plan. But time & time again I kept returning to the same 2 pics - the first was of Macchu Pichu, the lost city of the Incas (still to come) & the second was a picture of The Iguassu (or Iguzu) Waterfall.

The Iguassu waterfall sits on the border of Brazil, Argentina & Paraguay & is the widest waterfall in the world, made up of approximately 275 separate waterfalls. The pictures I saw before i went were stunning. I was sold.

What i couldn't have know was that 2006 was to be the driest year for the falls since 1977. So far from being one of the key highlights of my trip the falls were sadly a bit of a disappointment.

It is recommended to visit the falls from both the Brazilian & Argentinian sides. From Brazil you get the panoramic view, from Argentina you get an up close & personal view - there is of course a handy border crossing to facilitate such expeditions.

I spent the first day visiting from the Brazilian side. I took a helicopter ride over them & also walked along the Brazilian edge of the river as close as was possible to the waterfalls. I wasn't overly impressed. Although the central section of the falls (the Devils Throat) was still flowing there was very little else to see & definitely not 275 waterfalls in full flow.

Argentina here I come....
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