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IGUAZU

Cataratas del Iguazu

 


 

Introduction

 

Iguazu falls have a larger drop than Niagara and 275 cascades across a horseshoe shape of the Iguazu River between Argentina and Brasil. The falls were formed after a volcanic eruption created a large fissure in the earth. At its height in the rainy season, the flow of water is an incredible 13 million cubic metres per second. They are higher and four times wider than Niagara in North America. Both sides of the falls in Argentina and Brasil are protected by national parks and jealously protected to preserve the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. The main waterfalls are: Devil`s Throat; San Martin; Bossetti; and Bernabe Mendez.

The best panorama is probably from the Brazilian side but there are well organised walks from the Argentinian side also. Go in the morning when the light is brilliant.

 

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You can choose to see all the falls and surrounding park in a quick trip or spend a couple of days enjoying the whole area, depending on how much time you have to spare. To access the views of most of the waterfalls from the Argentine side, there are three traditional tours from which you can enjoy the view of the falls

The low route is 1400 meters long and include toilet stops, refreshments and first aid. It provides an overview of several major cascades while also giving a close look at some of them and the surrounding vegetation. The route is quite shaded. Although it has some sections with steps, part of the circuit is accessible by wheelchair. Details can be provided by the park rangers.

 

 

 

 

The Paseo Superior is 650 metres long and has high pathways which track above the falls. There are no steps, so wheelchairs can travel along the entire route.

 

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The most spectacular Devil`s throat has fourteen falls which drop 350 feet with a force wich creates a 100 foot cloud of spray with ever present rainbow! The route from the Argentinian side is 1100 metres long. It is accessed by train from the central station or the falls station. The dazzling array of waterfalls deserve to be the grand finale of any tour. The footbridges cross numerous islands on the way to the viewing balcony. It has no steps and has some shady places to rest. Take a hat and some water and avoid the midday sun in summer.

 
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The most wonderful rainbows are ever present at the falls.
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iguazu-in-frame.JPG There are also helicopter and boat trips to get that even closer look!  

Coati

These cuddly looking creatures are all around the national park and walkways! However care is needed as they are related to raccoons and have sharp powerful claws. It`s best to keep all food well out of sight, because they can be quite persistent if not downright dangerous if they smell an easy meal.

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iguazu-butterfly.JPG There are butterflies everywhere. Here nature meets visitor!  
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