Cascading Borders: Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu River is located in the north east corner of Argentina and flows along a large portion of the border with Brazil. The Iguazu Falls are made up of almost 200 separate waterfalls, the network both taller than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls.

Cascading Borders: Iguazu Falls

In the far north east of Argentina flowing through the jungles of the Missiones Province is the Iguazu River. As it meanders along the border with Brazil the waters gather pace. Soon they will descend into the largest waterfall system in the world, The Iguazu Falls.

The Iguazu River is located in the north east corner of Argentina, entering the country at the border with Paraguay, and flowing along a large portion of the border with Brazil. The Iguazu Falls are made up of almost 200 separate waterfalls, the network both taller than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls.

The best views of the falls can be found on the Brazilian side where a series of walkways take you up close and personal with some of the 80 largest waterfalls here

On the Argentinian side where majority of the falls are located,  its much less crowded as the walkways are scattered over a larger area.

But a walk into the mouth of The Devils Throat, or Garganta del Diablo, gets you closer to the waterfalls than anywhere else. Half the water that crashes from the falls descends from here – the Devils Throat is 80 metres wide and 80 metres deep. Only Victoria Falls in Africa spews a greater sheet of water from any one waterfall.

Devil's Throat, Henri Bergius, Flickr Creative Commons

Devil’s Throat, Henri Bergius, Flickr Creative Commons

If you want to experience what it’s like at the bottom of these magnificent falls you can opt to take a boat trip under the falls themselves.

For a quieter experience, spot wildlife in the national park including the magnificent Toucan.

Toucan, Iguazu National Park, Argentina

A million and a half people visit the park every year, but park management remains superb – this after all is one of the great wonders of the world, with both sides of the border having been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the mid-1980’s.

Main image: Iguazu Falls, Boris Kasimov, Flickr Creative Commons

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