Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Travel Photo of the Day: Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Spectacular Iguazu Falls, which are divided between Argentina and Brazil, are a UNESCO World Heritage site and are considered by many to be one of the wonders of the world. The group of 275 waterfalls are spread over three kilometers (1.7 miles) and stand as high as 82 meters (270 feet). Many of the cascades, including the most impressive, seemingly bottomless waterfall, La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat), can be seen in the Robert de Niro movie "The Mission".
Luis and I visited in May 2008, staying on the larger Argentine side and crossing over to Brazil for the day to see the falls more closely. Both sides have well-maintained national parks, easily walked with clean, safe paths and boardwalks, and very good transportation and facilities. It's best to take 2-3 days to visit the falls to allow for the sheer size of the area, border crossings and to visit other attractions such as the enormous and fascinating Itaipú Hydroelectric Power Station and Dam on the Brazilian side, the largest in the world, which operates daily tours.