Standing in front of these majestic waterfalls will remind you of how great the world is; that in the midst of everyday traffic, concrete buildings, and city pollution, there are still places filled with things that are so beautiful and powerful that they would seem too good to be true.

Divided into two main parts, the Iguazu Falls is divided by the San Martin Island. One part is the U-shaped “Devil’s Throat,” (border between Argentina and Brazil runs here) which is 82 meters high, with width of 150 meters and length of 700 meters. There are other series of waterfalls on the other side, and the main one is referred to as the Salto San Martin—there are many names of waterfalls here, some are: Salto Eva, Salto Adan, Salto Alvar Nunez, and Salto Dos Hermanas.

Roughly translated as “great water,” this place (a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site) is one of those attractions that you just need to see to believe. This is way taller and wider than the already breathtaking Niagara Falls, and the water that flows from it reaches 1,000 cubic meters/second. Another amazing thing about this grand place is that in the area where the rivers meet, visitors can see the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay marked in their own distinct colors so visitors will immediately know where they are.

The area has over 270 falls, and visitors can choose between going the upper path, where views from the footbridge offers magnificent panoramic views, or down the lower path, where you’d reach the edge of the falls (if you don’t want to het your clothes wet, better skip this part. Water sprays from the falls are unavoidable). Different activities await at the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls. On the Argentine side, adventurers can go on a boat ride that will let them take photos of the great scenery. The Brazilian side offers an array of activities such as riding up the river and some hiking.

The best way to spend a day here is to also explore the surrounding areas. Visit the Iguazu National Park where you could go on hikes and check out the amazing and unique plants and flowers. You will also enjoy the food over at the park’s La Selva Restaurant, a place that serves traditional Argentinian and international cuisine. You could visit the Ivira Reta Natural Interpretation Centre and learn about the jungle’s biodiversity. You can also walk the path of the Falls Station where the trail will allow you to see different kinds of native wildlife.

It may be very overwhelming standing in front of these waterfalls—the intense flow of water, the calming yet intimidating sound of the water descent, the magnificent surroundings in general—it’s all too beautiful and breathtaking. It’s true that this place does not run out of tourists, and you might think that it has been stained by un-natural factors, but the place has been impressively preserved well, and if you want to see something natural and extraordinary, this is definitely it.

 

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