June 19, 2013 by 2sorefeet
It took 22 hours to reach the Iguazu Falls from Cordoba, and they were worth every second of it. Located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, the falls are one of the largest in the world. I say “falls” because, in total, 275 waterfalls make up this incredible spectacle. As well as the waterfalls, the area is also home to 2 National Parks, one in each country.
Local legend says that the falls were created by the god of the forest, who became so enraged when he saw the woman he was planning to marry escape down the river by canoe that he sliced the ground, to create the falls and condemn his former lover to an eternal fall.
Over 2.7 kilometres in width, the falls are shared between Brazil (5%) and Argentina (95%). We used the small town of Puerto Iguazu on the Argentinean side as our base for our exploration. Using the friendly advice of our hostel owner, we took a 30 minute bus to the Brazilian side for our first glimpse.
Going to the Brazilian side first gives you a panoramic view from a distance which demonstrates the sheer scale of the area. An elevated walkway facing the Argentinian side runs parallel to the river allowing the 1 million annual visitors to follow the course of the river upstream to the base of the most impressive of all the waterfalls, the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat).
As you can see from the photos, it was dull and rainy when we were on the Brazilian side so the pictures aren’t the best.
While the Brazilian side offers you some great views, the Argentinian side really offers a lot more for your peso. We set off early the following day as there are many walks you can do-both through the national park and other trails that allow you get up close to the deafening waterfalls.
We spent the day visiting waterfall after waterfall, each one more impressive than the other. In one way it’s almost a shame to have so many waterfalls all in the same place, what I mean by that is: you can walk past a waterfall that is 25 metres long (If that was in Ireland/Belgium it would be amazing) without being impressed because in a few minutes there is another one that is 50metres.
After completing the excellent upper and lower trails during the morning and afternoon, it was time to head back to the Garganta del Diablo, but this time for a completely different perspective. While the day before we had stood at the base of the falls on the Brazilian side, now it was time, thanks to some fantastic elevated walkways (more than 1 km long), to get right up to the drop!
Unfortunately pictures just cannot do justice to the sight from the observing platform. The mix of the sheer force of the water falling, the sound of it crashing 80 metres below and the mist going hundreds of metres in the air was hypnotic.
Definitely one of the amazing things we have seen on this trip so far.
More pictures of our day are below.
John & Marie