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Iguaçu Falls or Iguazu Falls

Iguaçu Falls

Iguaçu Falls or Iguazu Falls are located 12 mi (19 km) Northeast of Puerto Iguaçu on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The best time to visit this magnificent natural marvel is during rainy season that lasts from April till July. Iguaçu River (Iguazu River) and Iguaçu falls are particularly impressive this time of the year. The name "Iguaçu" means "big water". These walls are rightfully called the wonder of the World. It is 70- 80 meters high and reaches a width of 2.5 km or 1.5 miles.



Location: 12 mi (19 km) Northeast of Puerto Iguaçu    Map


Open: Oct- Mar 8am- 7pm

Apr- Sep 8am- 6pm

Best time to visit: rainy season (Apr- Jul)





Description of Iguaçu Falls


According to local legends of the native tribes one of the gods created Iguazu Falls. He fell in love with a local girl Naypu. Young woman escaped and tried to make a run down the Iguaçu river. But the god caught with her and struck the surface of the water. Thus young Naypu was condemned to perpetual fall that became known as Iguazu Falls.


The first European travelers who saw the Iguaçu Falls (Iguazu Falls) was the conquistador Don Alvaro Nunez de Baca Kases (that's one man). His name is mentioned on a memorable plate near the stage of Arayagaray. Being a Roman Catholic conquistador name the waterfall Salto de Santa Maria or "Leap of Saint Mary". The name did not really stick and waterfalls location was quickly forgotten. It was re- discovered again only in the nineteenth century then civilization started pushing into the jungle.


Iguaçu Falls (Iguazu Falls) is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Argentina. Most of the stages of the waterfall are on the territory of the country. A special bridge with a length of 2 km was constructed here. A series of waterfall cascades bears different names. Thus Argentinean side has Ramirez, Adam, Eve, Three Musketeers and many others while the Brazilian side has Union, Salto- Florian, Benjamin- Constant and many others. Near Iguaçu Falls you can find hotel complexes, restaurants, airport and souvenir shops. The sight of Iguaçu Falls (Iguazu Falls) might look familiar since this was the location for filming of "The Mission" (1986) with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. It has a beautiful soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.









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