Day 79, Argentina: Iguazu falls

Trip Start May 31, 2010
Trip End Aug 26, 2010

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

One of the World's Great Natural Wonders!
These unbelievable falls, Foz do Iguacu in Portuguese, Cataratas del Iguazu in Spanish, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, are often heralded as the most beautiful falls in the world and are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site!
Upon seeing Iguacu for the first time, first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" Vastly larger than North America's Niagara Falls, the Iguacu Falls are made up of 275 separate cataracts that stretch for 2.5 miles, plunging 269 feet (82m) into the Iguacu River.
The main attraction at the falls is the magnificent "Devil's Throat," or Garganta del Diablo, which can be seen and heard from a half mile away. The awesome power of the surging water at this site is bound to impress even the most jaded traveler.
I had a very nice day discovering the falls with Harriet from Germany :-)
Iguazu also reminded me that we live in a very small world: I met Ryaz in the train on the way to see the Devil's throat and he happens to be a friend of a friend of mine from Paris!
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