Sometimes you hear about a place for so long that you just can’t wait to see for yourself. You hear about how amazing it is… about how majestic it is….. about how grand it is…. about how beautiful it is…about how impressive it is… and just about everything you can ever imagine. Yes that is Iguazu Falls I kept hearing about. I am sure if you have heard about it from someone who has visited it you have heard one of the above and it’s all true.
“Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, Iguaçu Falls, Cataratas do Iguaçu (Portuguese), Cataratas del Iguazú (Spanish) or Chororo Yguasu (Guarani) are a collection of waterfalls from the Iguazu River on the border with Argentina and Brazil. The name “Iguazu” comes from the Guarani or Tupi words “y“, meaning “water”, and “ûasú “, meaning “big”. Legend has it that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.”
After being sick in Rio de Janeiro I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to take my flight to see the famous Iguazu Falls that I had booked weeks in advance while I was in Florianopolis. Luckily after a visit to the hospital in Rio de Janeiro I did get better. On the day of the flight I still wasn’t feeling 100% better, but knew I was good enough to fly and so I did. I arrived to Foz do Iguacu after two short flights and couldn’t wait to finally see them. While I was there I was able to visit both sides of Iguazu Falls. I could sit here and describe the experience to you, but I’ll let my photos do that for me.
Brazil – Foz do Iguaçu
—The first glimpse of the falls as you walk into the park.—
—A closer look at a few of the hundreds of waterfalls that make Iguazu Falls.—
—A walking platform that leads you closer to the Devils Throat.—
—A big curtain of water.—
—Looking away from the Devils Throat.—
—The water never stops flowing.—
—A look at the deck from above. It’s a platform you visit as you exit the falls.—
Argentina – Cataratas del Iguazú
—One of the first glimpse you get of the falls as you walk in on Argentinas side.—
—The falls through some branches and trees.—
—A look up the falls from a deck you can walk on to get closer.—
—Another shot of the falls from the boat.—
—The falls from a deck that runs around them all.—
—I just stood there in awe and admiring Mother Nature’s sheer beauty.—
Finally visiting Iguazu Falls was something that felt amazing to finally do. It’s nearly in the heart of South America and it beats with a pulse like no other. During my time in South America I have seen so much of what Mother Nature has to offer like the sunrise over Fitz Roy, feeling tiny next to Glacier Perito Moreno, finally hiking the W in Torres del Paine National Park and many other treks and hikes and experiences I have had with nature. Each time I am just blown away at what she can create and how she can make you feel. I honesty stood there and listened to the roar of the falls and my heart just fluttered. I stood there and looked at the rainbow that in many indigenous cultures was a miracle from their Good. I stood there and watched butterflies fly around. I stood there and thought… if the after life exist I believe it must be something like this. It was magical and out of the world. The rainbows… the butterflies… the sound…. the water. Ahhhh Mother Nature is amazing and once again left me speechless and in awe.
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