Iguazu Falls Brazil
Foz do Igaucu Walkway Brazil
The Iguassu Falls or Iguazú is perhaps one of the most mesmerising
wonders of Brazil. The waterfalls' name comes from Guarani or Tupi
words meaning - big Water.
According to legend, God planned on marrying a beautiful Aborigine
girl named Naipi, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe.
The enraged God sliced the river, thus creating the different
waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.
A common characteristic of nearly all major waterfalls, is that
they source two or even three countries. The waterfall falls, which
are of the Iguazu River are located on
both the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the province
of Misiones in Argentine. Two thirds of the falls which are within
Argentine territory, divide the river into the lower and upper
The Iguassu falls or Iguacu waterfall system consists of 275 falls
along a 1.67 mile stretch of the Iguazu River. Some of the individual
falls are up to 82 metres (269 ft) in height, although the majority
of the waterfall falls are about 64 metres (210 ft). The well-known
Devils Throat - the Garganta de Diablo, which is a U-shaped
cliff of 150-metre-wide and 700-metre-long (490 by 2300 feet), is
the most impressive of all the iguazu falls and marks the border
between Argentina and Brazil. This is best seen from the Brazilian
side, - watch for the rainbow!
It is noted that one of the falls in the the Argentine side is named
after the first European to find the Iguassu falls back in 1541,
namely, the Spanish Conquistador, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. The
iguacu falls were subsequently re-discovered during the nineteenth
century by Boselli, after whom another of the Argentinian falls is
The water of the lower Iguazu collects in a canyon that drains
into the Rio Parana in Argentina.
Getting to Iguassu Falls Brazil
A great advantage of the Iguacu falls being on both the Brazilian
and Argentine side, is that they both have their own unique beauty
and appeal. The falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park,
Argentina and Iguaçu National Park, Brazil. These parks were
designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1986,
Iguazu Falls Brasil
The iguassu falls brazil can be reached from the two main towns on
either side of the falls; which are Foz do Iguaçu on
Brazilian state of Paraná, and Puerto Iguazú in the Argentine
province of Misiones. You can also get to the Iguazu water falls
from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, on the other side of the Parana
River from Foz do Iguaçu. You can check for domestic flights from
the northeast for connections to either the Iguassu falls Brazil
or to the Argentinian side.
On the Brazilian side there is a long walkway along the canyon with
an extension to the lower base of the “Garganta del Diablo”. The
Walkways allows spectacular close views of the falls and it is
possible to walk around, and even climb up to where the water flows
metres before tumbling down.
On the Argentinian side, access is gained by the Tren Ecológico
de la Selva - Rainforest Ecological Train, which brings
visitors to different walkways. walkways enables you to come quite
close to the edge of the water fall, as well as offering terrific
views on the Brazilian side.
Once you have savoured this most dramatic Brazil tourist attraction,
from high up, you can go down to a beach and take a boat ride on
the river to get you close to the foot of the waterfalls. You can
even engage in activities such as water sports or rock climbing.
The best times to see Iguazu Falls are in the spring and Autumn. If
you are planning on spending a few days or so at the falls, there
are Iguazu falls hotels on both sides of the river. A good tour
operator can provide an Iguassu falls tour of your choice.
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