Iguassu Falls in Brazil

Iguassu Falls (by Mike Vondran)

Iguassu Falls straddles the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Consisting of 275 waterfalls layered in a horseshoe shape, it is taller and nearly three times wider than Niagara Falls. Iguassu Falls comes from the Guarani word for 'great water'. In 1986, UNESCO appointed the falls as a World Heritage Area.

There is a staggering amount of water (an average of 553 cubic feet per second) that flows 269 down into the gorge. Visitors have said they hear the roaring and the thunderous sound of the water plummeting down from miles away. Iguassu Falls are a result of a volcano eruption that left a deep mark in the Earth’s crust. There is also a local legend about a god who planned to marry a beautiful indigenous woman. But when she decided to flee with her mortal lover in a canoe, the furious god cut the river to create the waterfalls, forcing the two lovers to an eternal fall.

Two-thirds of Iguassu Falls is located in Argentina, and there are several catwalks to experience and view Iguassu Falls in Argentina. There is a national park around Iguassu Falls in Argentina, in order to preserve the falls; it borders the Iguassu Falls national park in Brazil.

A popular angle to view Iguacu Falls in Brazil is Devil's Throat. The water drops 350 feet with a mass force that creates a 100-foot mist cloud overhead. People claim that the Devil’s Throat in Brazil is the best place to see the complexity of the falls due to the panoramic views. However, Argentina has the most varied and up-close views of Iguassu Falls.

Iguassu Falls

Depending on your traveling preferences and values, Brazil weather determines that the best time to see Iguassu Falls is from March to November. May and July are rainy months and the volume of water is high. However, January and February is when mostBrazilians and Argentineans are enjoying their holidays, and it is the peak of the summer. There are clear blue skies and blooming plant life that create a colourful environment around the falls at this time. However, the humidity and heat is also at its peak and the rates at the surrounding Foz do Iguassu hotels are high.

There are a variety of Iguassu Falls plant life that grows in the area, such as orchids, pines, bamboos, palm trees, and moss. Visitors claim that the mist of the falls creates a sight of multiple rainbows when the sun is out. 

There are Foz do Iguassu tours and activities that enable you to see the waterfalls up close from boat tours to helicopter flights. Iguassu Falls Is a stunning destination for visitors to see and a natural wonder of the world for tourists to witness. If you're still not convinced, check out our collection of Foz do Iguassu photos, then take a few minutes to enjoy our selection of Foz do Iguassu videos.  You'll want to start planning your trip and booking your Foz do Iguassu hotel today.

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