The Iguazú Falls (Iguaçu), a visit that falls in time
With a Native American-sounding name, Iguazu Falls are distinguished from their cousins Victoria or Niagara by their number of waterfalls and their accentuated termination. A divine excrescence on the “ú” which points towards the sky while their waters converge inexorably downwards.
The Iguazú Falls: Brazil or Argentina side?
This gigantic open air theater stands at border crossroads between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. A real headache for visitors who no longer know which country to go to! In summary, the Brazilian side offers a global and panoramic view while the Argentinian side, richer and more “natural”, allows to approach the thrill. Here is a card that will light up everyone’s passport!
Undoubtedly, thrill-seeking visitors will prefer to explore the different circuits of the Argentine part and get a front row seat to the aquatic ballet on foot or aboard a boat. No worries, a small ecological train stops at the starting point of the trails to avoid fatigue or heat stroke.
Of course, with more 275 waterfalls over several kilometers and lush vegetation, the site and the region of Iguazú lend themselves to many activities : rafting, safari, kayaking, mountain biking, helicopter flights, zip lines, hikes, etc.
Fauna and flora, natural and historical heritage
More than cascading water, Iguazú is above all a Argentinian and Brazilian national park in the heart of a tropical forest protected hosting a wide diversity of plant and animal species. Puma, palm trees, orchids, squamata lizard, lianas, hairy armadillo, toucan… the spectacle is omnipresent in this environment with an ambient atmosphere laden with humidity. You will also come across coatis, small mammals of the long-snouted raccoon family. Take care of your belongings, their reputation as thieves is not usurped.
Excellent introduction just at the entrance to the site, the Park of the Aves spread the wings of its birds, butterflies and parrots through large aviaries. This carnival of colors will complete (in all accessibility) the visit to the falls from the Brazilian side.
The succession of Iguazú waterfalls, among the widest on the planet, results from a geological fault born 200,000 years ago. A giant fissure which dragged the water of the river down in its vertiginous fall. It is at this precise place, in La Garganta del Diablo », that the flow rate is still the highest there today. Expected fall of a dazzling visual and sound spectacle, a one kilometer walkway brings visitors closer to this infernal Devil’s Throat. In Iguazú, who rubs it gets wet!
Photos and information: Argentina Exception
A video to get an overview, it’s here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkph_AR8g4A