Fly to Iguazu Falls to see one of the Earth’s greatest natural spectacles. The Rio Paran joins the westward wind Rio Iguazu at the point where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil meet. The splendor of the Iguazu Falls with its misty rainbows is very overwhelming: there is almost nothing else in the world like it. Iguazu Falls is about 1.7 miles wide and the height varies between 60m and 82m. It features about 275 waterfalls with a range of widths and heights. This largely depends on the volume of water at different times of the year. 80% of the falls is in Argentina while 20% is in Brazil.
Follow the trail to the jungle and climb on the opposite viewing platforms or on top if you are feeling brave. Let the power of the tumbling water mass below humble you. During the wet season, about 13,000 cubic meters of water thunders over all the falls every second.
The shady viewpoints in Brazil offer a more serene frontal view of these falls. From here, the river looks like it is draping itself over the edge like a curtain. The central point is called the Devil’s throat or Garganta del Diablo. It receives about half of the flow of the river at a time. You’re guaranteed to get wet here. If you would rather stay dry, you can take a helicopter ride over the series of falls to see how it forms a dramatic chasm.
The tranquility of the subtropical rainforest is just away from this roaring water mass. Watch out for the coatis which are always after an easy meal. Fearsome reptiles, wild cats, butterflies, and about 400 bird species share this diverse habitat. You can admire some of these creatures up close in the animal parks nearby.
Come to Iguazu Falls to experience its magic like a spell. It is easy to get there: there are nearby airports in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. You can even spend the night at the national park in one of the hotels such as the Gran Melia Iguazu. Although it may not be the most powerful, largest, or tallest waterfall in the world, Iguazu Falls is definitely one of the most picturesque.
It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO because it is such a liaison between water and land. Because of Iguazu Fall’s unequaled beauty, it is one of the most cherished wonders of nature in the world.