Iguazú Falls is one of the most visited attractions in South America. The sight of the falls takes your breath away. The power, size and sheer noise of the falls are truly spectacular. The waterfalls split the border of Argentina and Brazil in the Parque Nacional Iguazú. They stretch out over a distance of 3 kilometers (1.860 miles) following the borders of Argentina and Paraguay. Most of the falls are within Argentinean territory, but from the Brazilian side a more panoramic view is obtained.
Their name comes from the Guarani or Tupi words y (water) and ûasú (big). Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall
The Iguazú Falls are waterfalls of the Iguassu River located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná (in the Southern Region) and the Argentinean Province of Misiones and are is easily reached from either side of the Argentine-Brazilian border. It is here that the river Iguaçu tumbles down to the Paraná river in a staggering 275 mesmerizing waterfalls.
Iguazú Falls are 80 meters (262 feet) high (they're higher than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls) and are considered the most beautiful waterfalls on our planet.
Common denominations: iguassu falls, iguaçu falls, foz do iguazu, foz do iguaçu, cataratas de iguazu, cataratas iguazu
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© Photos 'Iguazu Falls' by Martin St-Amant