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Iguazu Falls

February 5th 2014
  • Rivalled only by Victoria Falls for its sheer scale, Iguazu Falls are found in the North East of Argentina where the country borders Brazil. The word Iguazu comes from Guarani, a Paraguayan dialect, and Tupi which is now extinct but was spoken in Brazil until the early 20th century. It translates as ‘Big Water’, a title that a former first lady of the USA would have agreed with; Eleanor Roosevelt was reported to have exclaimed ‘Poor Niagara!’ on seeing it for the first time.

    Accessible from either side of the border, the lion’s share of the falls can be found on the Argentinian side. Accessible from the town of Puerto Iguazú, you’ll need a train ride through the forest to reach it. However, on arrival at the Devil’s Throat, the huge centre-piece chasm into which half of the river falls, walkways extend out to the spit and spray of the river and offer dramatic panoramic views. For those seeking a spectacular photograph, boat trips can be made under the falls.

Image courtesy of chensiyuan