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Located in the Southwest of
Brazil at the border to Argentina there is one
spectacle of nature - the Iguacu Waterfalls.
The Iguacu River separating the
two countries runs down in 220 single waterfalls at
a maximum height of 70 meters. This might not result
in the highest or water-richtest waterfalls, but
probably nowhere else you have the feeling that
everywhere you look,
there are just waterfalls.
The waterfall area is so big that
one day is not even enough to see all the falls. You
can access the falls from National Parks on both
sides - the
Already the Argentinean one is most likely going to
take you one whole day. The Brazilian side takes you
about half a day. Entrance fees for the National
Parks are about 10 $ each.
There are also loads of organized
tours from Foz do Iguacu - which is the next bigger
city and recommended place to stay overnight about
15 kms away from the falls. The daytours are around
25 $ US and then include the fee of one of the
National Parks. Even as you are with a tour there is
still plenty of time to walk around at the falls so
it is quite an enjoyable and easy way of getting
there and see the waterfalls.
The waterfalls reach their
biggest height at the so called Garganto do Diablo (The
Devil's throat) - which can be seen here at the
above picture. It has its name from the shape of
this special round waterfall that is almost closed
completely. Standing on the platform very close to
the water running down, watching down the 70 meters
and the constant thundering noise really gives you
goosebumps. Great fun is also to go on a small boat
and go directly one of the smaller falls - very
refreshing. Just put away your camera beforehand -
unless it's waterproof.
While you are just in the area
there are actually more very interesting attractions.
2 kms in front of the Brazilian Iguacu National Park
there is the Parque dos Aves - Bird's Park. You are
and loads of more tropical and colorful birds - not
divided through a fence, just together within one
About an other 20 km away from
Foz do Iguacu there is the Itaipu hydroelectrical
dam and power plant at the border of Brazil and
Paraguay. 18 huge turbines use the water of the
Paraná river to produce energy. Today the plant
delivers 90% of Paraguay's and 20% of Brazil's
energy. In 1995 Itaipu was elected one of the new
Seven Wonders of the modern world.
Iguacu is a Must See for all
Brazil Travellers. Enjoy.