The Iguacu Falls

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hello everyone,

After recovering in Campo Grande we got an overnight coach to Foz do Iguacu, the location of the World famous Iguacu Falls. Iguacu Falls has a total of 275 individual falls that occupy an area more than 3km wide and 80m high, which makes them wider than Victoria, higher than Niagara and according to the guide books more beautiful than either!!!

Thousands of years before they were "discovered" by Europeans in 1541 the falls were a holy burial site for the Tupi-Guarani and Paraguas Tribes. In 1986 they were declared a World Heritage Site. the falls are shared between Brazil and Argentina, with Argentina claiming the majority. A national park surrounds the falls on both sides of the border. The Parque Nacional do Iguacu in Brazil offers a panoramic view of the 275 falls, whilst in Argentina the Parque provides an up-close and personal experience as well as more trails, activities and wildlife (including 400 bird species including Parrots and Toucans; 2000 plant types; thousands of insects and other wildlife such as Lizards, Raccoons, Crocodiles, Coatis, Jaguar, Tapirs, Caimans, Armadillos, Deer, Sloths, Anteaters and Monkeys. Taking this into consideration we opted for the more impressive Argentian side and it was simply awesome!!!

Parque do Iguacu covers 550 square km of rainforest, with the majority inaccessible to anybody but wildlife. But the waterfall trail is 1200m following the shore of the Iguacu River allows for plenty of hiking and wildlife spotting. The trails terminate at the Garganta do Diablo (The Devils Throat). A man-made walk way meant we could go out to the middle of the 2km wide river so we were surrounded by the force of the rushing water, a real deafening and dampening experience. Be expected to be doused... we certainly were despite it raining. The waterfalls are so impressive people doubt the theory that negative ions generated by the waterfalls make people happier. The books say you might have to reconsider after visiting Iguacu Falls. Moods just seem to improve the closer you get until eventually people degenerate into giggling, shrieking messes and this is grown men we are talking about. The power, size and sheer noise of the falls have to be experienced to be believed....we totally agree and highly recommend this trip!!

We hope you enjoy the photos,

Love Hollie and Thomas x x x

Got to go we are now off to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (in English hopefully!)

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gran/dad on

hi tom and holls nan and i am packed and ready to come to brazel just for the food//

Penny Bibby on

WOW photos are brilliant :) x

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