Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls or Iguaçu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of Brazilian state Paraná and Argentine province Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina is one of the seven wonders of the natural world.Iguazu Falls is considered the widest waterfall in the world, comprising 275 distinct waterfalls to form its curtain of water.
Flowing through Brazil most of the way, Iguazu Falls cuts off the lower and upper Iguazu River. Legend has it that the falls were created by a God who wanted to marry a beautiful woman, but she ran away with her lover across the Iguazu River. In a jealous rage, the angry God cut the river in half to damn the couple to eternal falls. That’s some vengeance!
The famous Devil’s Throat section is the highest and deepest of all the 275 falls. It has water pouring into on all 3 sides, causing mist to rise nearly 500 feet in the air. Here’s an up-close look of Devil’s Throat.
Height: 269′ (82 m)
Elevation: 640′ (195 m)
Flow rate: 62,010 ft³/s (1,756 m³/s)
Number of drops: 275
Longest drop: 269′ (82 m)
You can explore the falls by bridge, boat and train:
• By Bridge: The entire park is covered by bridges and walkways that provide spectacular views of the falls. In fact, at one point, you are surrounded by the falls on 260 degrees = magnificent!
• By Boat: My favorite way to see the falls – right up underneath! For a hefty fee, you can ride a speed boat directly into the spray. I was tipped off beforehand to wear your bathing suit (and only a bathing suit) since you get soaked on the ride. I grabbed the front seat and so experienced the full force of the deluge = fun!
• By Train: Officially called the Rainforest Ecological Train, this toy train takes you right up to the edge of the falls, so you can see (and feel) the Devil’s Throat up close.