The Iguazu River tumbles into a series of crashing waterfalls on the border of Brazilian State Paraná and Argentine Province Misiones that can be described as nothing short of soul stirring. Legend has it that a scorned god created Iguazu's falls when his betrothed, a beauty named Naipí, fled down the river in a canoe with her human lover, Tarobá. Enraged, the god spliced the river, forming its plummeting waters, and condemning the lovers to an eternity of perpetual downward descent.
The Iguazu Falls unfold along a 1.7 mile stretch of land, with numerous islands dotting and dividing them into separate cascades and cataracts of heights between 197 and 269 feet. Half of the Iguazu River's falls pool into a long, narrow, U-shaped chasm termed the Devil's Throat. Access to the area is via two main towns on either side of the falls. Puerto Iguazú in Argentina leads into a rainforest, and provides service to the entrance of Devil's Throat on a Rainforest Ecological Train. From there walking trails extend both high and low, with a 0.6-mile trek laid out to draw visitors directly over the highest and deepest falls of Devil's Throat. The Argentinian side of Iguazu also boasts an inflatable boat service for anyone wishing to pass underneath the falls.
For entrance from Iguazu's Brazilian side, all you need are transportation to the town of Foz do Iguaçu, and a good set of feet. From there, take the canyon walkway with an extension leading to the lower base of the Devil's throat. Brazil's side also offers helicopter tours for those seeking aerial views, but Argentina has prohibited them due to negative environmental impact.
Both sides' access to the Iguazu Falls is through either the Iguazu National Park (Argentina) or Iguaçu National Park (Brazil). Entry fees will be collected.
Beloved Uses of and Shoutouts to Waterfalls
- Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to. A plea to the world from T-Boz, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (may she rest in peace), and Chili of the former R&B triumvirate TLC.
- Waterfall, the drinking game wild card, whereby all players begin chugging upon the card drawer's/leader's command, and no one can stop until the person to his or her right does.
- The above technique of ingesting waterfall-style is also a terrific way to create a human waterfall. Of vomit. Don't forget your hangover pills!
- I can't really talk about these things here and risk compromising the integrity of this respectable medium.
- I will, however, leave you with, Niagara Falls! Niagara Falls! My personal favorite. Spoken to someone who is desperate to use the toilet, but is in absence of a toilet.
- Iguazu National Park (Argentina): http://www.iguazuargentina.com/english/
- Iguazu Falls: How to Get There (Both Sides): http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/latin-america-iguazu-falls-how-to-get-there.htm...
- Iguazu Falls Access from Argentina: http://www.iguazuargentina.com/english/como_llegar/acceso_al_parque/
- Iguazu Falls Rates & Hours of Operation from Argentina: http://www.iguazuargentina.com/english/area_cataratas/horarios_y_tarifa...
- Iguacu National Park (Brazil): http://www.eoearth.org/article/Iguacu_National_Park,_Brazil
- Iguazu Falls Tours & Adventures from Both Sides: http://www.grayline.com/Iguassu_Falls_Brazil/View_All
- Accommodations Near Iguazu Falls (Both Sides): http://gosouthamerica.about.com/od/topdestiguazu/tp/hotels.--zc.htm
- Hotel das Cataratas, Iguazu Falls, Brazil: http://www.hoteldascataratas.com/web/ogua/hotel_das_cataratas.jsp