You may have visited other great waterfalls in your life, but none compare to these. Voted as one of the "new" wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls straddles nearly 2 miles of the northern border of Argentina where it meets Brazil across the Iguazu River. Iguazu - which means "big water" in the native Guarani Indian language - boasts 275 falls or cataracts (exact number depends on the season).
A truly magnificent display of nature, Iguazu will not disappoint. The view from above the aptly named Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) pretty much sums up the immense power and magnitude of these waterfalls reaching more than 80 meters (263 feet) in height. The constant pounding of the falls creates a milky abyss shrouded with a permanent cloud of mist. Be prepared to feel the spray!
Once you've taken in the awesome views, you can hop in a chartered river boat to get up close and personal with the falls. There are boat tours for the more adventurous that will take you as close as you can get to the mesmerizing Devil's Throat...if you dare. For those looking for a tamer experience, you can navigate the warm rainforest waters while passing under some of the smaller falls and getting a refreshing splash.
It's not just about the water here, Iguazu is also an amazing rainforest preserve. The subtropical climate is home to more than 2,000 plant species, 400 bird species, 80 types of mammals and countless insects and invertebrate species. Unlike its more globally known rivals, Iguazu is set apart by its unspoiled pure nature experience. Truly worth a visit!
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