Iguazú Falls world’s most beautiful waterfall
Iguazú Falls, or in Portuguese: Cataratas do Iguaçu and Spanish: Cataratas del Iguazú are easily reached from either side of the Argentine–Brazilian border, as well as from nearby Paraguay. Accessibility with a wheelchair is top notch..!!
The falls are nestled in between Brazil and Argentina in a large outstretched national park; much of it rain forest teeming with unique
flora and fauna. And I should add, with an extremely good opportunity to see wildlife.
When visiting Iguazu you soon realize it’s one of the most stunning sights, the Iguazú Falls are simply eye-popping. The power and noise of the cascades – a chain of hundreds of waterfalls nearly 3 km in extension – will live in your memory forever .
The name “Iguazu” comes from the Guarani or Tupi words “y”, meaning “water”, and “ûasú “, meaning “big”. Legend has it that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.
Great Dusky Swift
We saw a lot of the Great Dusky Swift. But unfortunately didn’t get any photos of them. This is a typical wall for the swifts to lay their eggs. They have long slender wings, with which they break the wall of cascades of water. They are flying insectivorous bird with and an resemblance to a swallow, spending most of its life on the wings.
On trails in the Iguazú National Park, in the rainforest along the falls, we see and hear a lot of wildlife. We especially hear and see a few Howler monkeys. In the beginning we can hear the monkeys from a distance. But as we walk further the monkeys starts scream real loud, and got closer and closer. It was actually a bit frightening. We knew for a fact that they can be dangerous so when they all started to scream and throwing themselves from tree to tree, we backed off and went back to the waterfalls.
If you are traveling in South America in this area, don’t cheat yourself from a visit to these magnificent falls. Dieter and I were there in 2002 and it was not that crowded at all. How the people situation look today; I have no idea. We usually prefer the less traveled roads, and try to avoid the really cramped tourist places. But I most admit, this is a must see and probably say; Iguazú Falls worlds most beautiful waterfall. So no matter how many people and flashing cameras are there; I would have to see this!
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I hope you see the beauty of the falls as I do – In my mind there’s no doubt; Iguazú Falls worlds most beautiful waterfall!