Autumn’s Adventures


Iguazu Falls, Argentina
October 25, 2009, 6:35 pm
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When I first came to Argentina I didn’t give two hoots about Iguazu Falls.  I thought to myself, “I’ve seen Niagara and if I don’t see Iguazu before I die I won’t regret it.”  I know in scale Iguazu trumps Niagara without fail but to me water is water is water.  Seeing the rest of the country first was more important to me that wasting time going way out of my way to an isolated part of Argentina that only had the falls and nothing else.

Even as I planned my last big trip in Argentina before heading back to the states I didn’t think about Iguazu.  I only ended up going because my friend asked me to go and the timing was perfect since she wanted to go just a few days before my trip and it was kind of on the way.

In the end I’m glad I went.  Argentina and it’s natural wonders don’t cease to amaze me.  I expected to arrive to the falls and have one lookout point and be done with it in less than an hour but I was surprised to find that Iguazu is literally a maze of waterfalls ranging in size and force.  I saw multiple rainbows and spent the whole day going from waterfall to waterfall — there seemed to be no end to them.

There is even a train inside the park that brings you to the biggest waterfall.  After taking the train you walk for at least 10 minutes via a bridge over the water thinking that you are never going to get there.  The biggest waterfall is appropriately named “La garganta del diablo” or “The Devil’s Throat” because it literally looks like you would be falling straight into hell if you jumped into that waterfall.  I couldn’t believe the immensity of this one waterfall and the fear it brought over me just by looking at it.  In the shape of a horse shoe, the water falls into the other walls of water on the other side so you cannot see to the bottom, you can only imagine in your head what it looks like below and hope you never find out.

Here are the photos and a video of the falls.  I don’t think any photo or video can capture the actual immensity of these waterfalls so if you ever get the chance, don’t be like me and be a hater, just go.  It’s definitely worth it.

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