Masterpiece of Nature – the Iguazu Falls

Posted on June 22, 2009 by

View ofView of all the falls at one glance

Bordering the frontier between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are one of the most majestic natural wonders of the world. Witnessing the Iguazu Falls with our own eyes, I was struck by its raw and genuine beauty. Standing on one of the look-out points, you could feel as though you’re standing right in the crack of two tectonic plates, where Earth had split into separate pieces. It feels like an illusional paradise – eagles circling the skies, water gushing down in a melodic chant, and palm trees swaying. Standing right in the heart of the forest, facing all the falls at one glance, your heart and the sound of nature would beat as one.

Panoramic view of all falls

The entire National Park is evidently vast, and getting from one spot to another is facilitated by the ‘tren de la selva’ – a tourist train that takes you from the entrance to the 3 main spots. Bridges are built on the water surface, so you almost feel like you are walking on the edge of the waterfalls, staring down into its endless depths. You are constantly treated to a panoramic view of the falls no matter where you are at, following the bridge path to the viewing points.

Lower Circuit

Salto dos hermanas from Lower Circuit This circuit borders the lower edge of the cliffs, giving a close-up view of the falls. It truly is jaw-dropping to see it upfront, where you can feel the rush of the water in your face (literally).

Most people start on this circuit first, but being the crazy travelers, we wanted to get to the best part, Garganta del Diablo, before everyone else did. (Imagine hordes of tourists flocking the scene, you get the picture).

You can catch the ‘Gran Aventura’ boat ride from the lower circuit. We did a quick boat ride through the falls, which was not a wise decision in the cold weather, for 75pesos each (15euros). Remember to get a poncho, ‘cos you definitely get completely soaked!

Upper Circuit

 View from the Upper circuit

The upper circuit is basically a route atop the falls. You are literally walking on the water surface, right before the water cascades down the cliff edge. It offers a wider view of the entire area.

Garganta del Diablo

 Standing right atop the Garganta del Diablo   Stunning falls of Garganta del diablo

The most magnificent part of the Iguazu Falls, the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) literally swallows you up as you walk towards the end of the look-out point. The bridge extends all the way to the edge of the falls, as tons of water plunge aggressively into the far distance. Words cannot describe how one feels to see such majestic work of nature staring right in your face.

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How to: Most travelers use Puerto Iguazu as a base; 18hours by bus from Buenos Aires. A public bus (departs every 30minutes, return tickets at 10pesos) takes you straight from the bus terminal to the gate of the Iguazu National Park.

When to: Our visit in June, despite it being a low season, still turned out amazing. Even though the waterfalls were drier than usual, the water was still flowing substantially. Best time to go is summer (in the Southern Hemisphere), between October and January.

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All photos above are taken by my fiance Alberto Molero, who’s recently started dabbling in photography.

 

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

14 Responses to “Masterpiece of Nature – the Iguazu Falls”

  1. The Travel Tart June 22, 2009 1:46 am
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    I agree, Iguazu Falls are simply spectacular. I went there in November 2004 after a heap of rain had fallen upstream and the volume of water was astounding. I've also been to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/Zambia previously, and they're great as well – but I enjoyed Iguazu because of how close you can go to the falls. Make sure to see both the Argentina and Brazil sides of the falls – as they offer completely different perspectives. Argentina side is best for close up, Brazil for a panoramic view.

  2. jen Laceda June 22, 2009 2:57 am
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    Since Keith posted an Iguazu Falls (now you), I'm just so inspired to go to South America!!

  3. Mary R June 26, 2009 7:43 am
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    I also loved this place when I visited a few years ago. I know it's not in everyone's budget, but we stayed at the Sheraton Iquazu Fall Hotel, where most of the rooms are facing the falls. Of course, it's fun to do the trek to the falls for a close-up, but to experience them by looking out from your own hotel room was pretty amazing too.

  4. Kef June 26, 2009 9:26 pm
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    What amazing photos, it just looks great. Best waterfalls I have ever seen are Gulfoss in Iceland, they are very powerful and it's places like that you get to appreciate the power of nature. Those photos taken by your fiance make Iguazu Falls look something like paradise.

  5. accounting99 July 2, 2009 12:35 pm
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    Good job on the nice clean design and innovative features.

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