Saturday, 10 March 2012

Iguazu Falls – Big Water of the Borders

Iguazu Falls – Big Water of the Borders

In the local Tupi language, the word means big water.  One look at the staggering Iguazu Falls, located on the border of the Brazilian State of Paraná and the Argentine Province of Misiones and you realise that this is no exaggeration.

Iguazu Iguacu falls 2Image Credit Flickr User ametxa

Iguazu Iguacu falls 5Image Credit Flickr User feffef

There is a local legend that says a god became besotted with a young and beautiful girl called Naipi – however she did not reciprocate his feelings. She fled from his advances with her earthly lover, Taroba, canoeing down the river to escape. The god in his anger sliced through the river and created the waterfalls. Naipi and Taroba were condemned to fall for all eternity.

Iguazu Iguacu falls 4Image Credit Flickr User Phillie Casablanca

Iguazu Iguacu falls 6Image Credit Flickr User Kara Brugman

The edge of the waterfall is almost three kilometers in length and it is dotted with numerous islands.  These islands create a copious number of separate falls, all of them more than two hundred feet in height.  Many have their own names – for example the narrow chasm down which half the flow disappears is known as the Devil’s Throat.

Iguazu Iguacu falls 7Image Credit Flickr User *saxon*

Iguazu Iguacu falls 8Image Credit Flickr User ametxa

Iguazu Iguacu falls 9Image Credit Flickr User Henrique Assuncao

On each side of the falls is a national park.  Argentina has the Iguazú National Park which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 while Brazil has the Iguaçu National Park (note the single letter difference!), designated in 1987.

Iguazu Iguacu falls 10Image Credit Flickr User Abel Jorge

Iguazu Iguacu falls 11Image Credit Flickr User Abel Jorge

Iguazu Iguacu falls 12Image Credit Flickr User Abel Jorge

It is difficult to take in the immensity of the place. However, the view from the air does help to lend some perspective.

Iguazu Iguacu falls 13Image Credit Flickr User Miriam Cardaso de Souza

Iguazu Iguacu falls 14Image Credit Flickr User Henrique Assuncao

Iguazu Iguacu falls 15Image Credit Flickr User SF Brit

Little wonder then that Iguazu Falls was announced as one of the seven winners of the New7Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation.

Iguazu Iguacu falls 16Image Credit Flickr User SF Brit

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