From: Paco | Aug 01, 2019
You’ll hear them first. Thunderous quarries of thousands of liters of water will roll every second over the break that Mother Nature has set in the way of the Iguaçu River. Only then will the greenery split up and you will see them. Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, will fill your mind with noise, your heart with amazement, and your pockets with your camera if you don’t care, with water.
To say that the Iguacu Falls are the South American equivalent of the more famous Niagara Falls would be an insult. They have a lot in common, for example, they are shared by two neighboring states and you have to cross the border if you choose to see them from both sides. Therefore, do not forget your passport. Compared to just 3 Niagara Falls, Iguaçu offers 150-270 (depending on whether it is a rainy season or a drought) "smaller" waterfalls with a total area of 2.7 km. Even its height of 52 m, the largest Niagara Horseshoe waterfall can not equal 70 m, which reach the local.
Iguaçu is also rolling around with its more visited competitors. Conveniently located between the towns of Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side and Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine Argentine ensures perfect accessibility and facilities for visitors without suffering the scenery. As is the case with the very commercial Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. South American waterfalls are set in a complex of two national parks - Iguazú National Park in Argentina and Iguaçu National Park in Brazil, which freely intersect and are home to thousands of species of plants and animals, including ubiquitous noses. It is the diversity of species that put them on the UNESCO list, although not at once. Brazilian added up to two years after the Argentine.
As usual, the view of the waterfalls is nicer from one side. In this case, the Brazilian one. From Argentina you will enjoy more park and larger and smaller footbridges, which meanders directly over the edges of overhangs, from which the water rolls into sight. As with Niagara Falls, it would be a shame not to see them from both shores and that you can get a boat to the spray area. However, the visit here will be a quieter and less mass issue. While Niagara attracts about 30 million people every year, only about 1 million curious people come to see Iguaçu.
Kudy without: ** Cataratas Avenue, BR-469, KM18, Foz do Iguaçu /
A visit to Foz do Iguaçu and the waterfall will make you pleasant. You will want to see as much as possible from Brazil, but too clearly you will hear the lure of Argentina, which is within reach. And to make matters worse, the confluence of the Paraná and Iguaçu rivers is at the same time the border of Brazil and Argentina with Paraguay, so there is an opportunity to uncheck three exceptional South American countries from the bucket list. Tzv. The Triple Frontier, a perfectly cooperating triangle, attracts all the palate of nature, culture, experience and technical wonders. All conveniently accessible by bus. So do not forget the border with Paraguay. Other gems that you should not miss are hidden here.
All Water or Itaipu Dam
If you feel small in the face of the Iguaçu Falls, you will be one of the ants in front of the Itaipu hydroelectric power station on the Paraná River. It is the second most powerful and largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. (It used to be the first one, but it was overtaken by a power plant on the Yangtze River in China). Its dam is 196 m high and you would have to walk 7.76 km to cross it from one shore to another. Fortunately, you don't have to. Guided excursions are organized at the dam, as part of the panoramic tour, the bus will take you to two outside vantage points, and the special circuit is for those who want to look into this gigant's intestines. The power plant was established as a joint project of Brazil and Paraguay.
Kudy without: ** Tancredo Neves Avenue, 6731 - Foz do Iguaçu /
There are even more strange things in the world, but a genuine Buddhist temple on the border of Brazil and Paraguay surprises anyway. The spontaneous roar of the Iguaçu Falls and the cool regularity of the vibrant Itaipu turbines are suddenly replaced by peace and harmony. Beneath the benevolent gaze of the seven-meter Buddha and his 120 other smaller doubles, you can dive into yourself, meditate in the temple, gardens and the two adjacent cities - Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay). Unleash the image of the ancient colonization of Buddhist missionaries who came here to convert Brazilian natives. The church was built only in 1996.
Kudy without: ** Dr. Josivalter Street Vila Nova, 99 - Foz do Iguaçu /