Memories from Iguazú waterfalls
Clouds of steam raised along kilometers by the power of the falls, clouds wrapping everything and making you feel suspended.
Clouds of colorful butterflies.
Clouds of flowers.
Clouds of light and bright colors reflected on the water.
Clouds made of emotions.Silvia, at 12 years old…
Iguazú waterfalls and the Triplice Fronteira
There are 275 Iguazú waterfalls, scattered over a canyon along approximately 3 kilometers, marking the crossroad of three countries.
Foz do Iguazú, the Brazilian city, is located between the rivers Parana and Iguazu that mark the boundaries, separating it from Ciudad del Este in Paraguay and Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, known as the Triplice Fronteira.
The name Iguazu comes from the Guarani words “y” which means waters and “guasu” which means big.
Foz de Iguazu is an enchanted place.
The Park of Iguazú seems never-ending and is the last area of continuous forest in southern Brazil. Walking along the perfectly kept tracks you enter the magical and fairy-like world made of huge cedars and firs, colored by a great variety of orchids, parrots, toucans and myriad of colorful butterflies moving all around.
The concert given by various and colorful birds is accompanied by the uninterrupted sound of the falls.
Iguazú waterfalls from the Brazilian side
It offers three separate visits: the Isla San Martin, directly under the falls, which can be reached by boat from Puerto Macuco, the Circuito Inferior that offers breathtaking views of the falls, filtered through the vapor cloud which seems to float and finally the Circuito Superior which offers an impressive view of the falls and several dining options.
It is upstream and is a must, either because the mass of water on this side is much more important, but especially for the walkway leading to the amazing Garganta del Diablo, the U-shaped gorge where the waterfall reaches an impressive range of intensity. An amazing point of view!
* practical note: don’t forget your passport to pass from one side to the other! If you are American, to enter Argentina you will also need a visa.
Around Iguazú waterfalls
If you decide to get this far – and I highly recommend it – also plan a visit to the largest dam in the world, Lake Itaipu (29 million cubic meters of water in an area of 1,640 km). The construction of the dam has been very uneven and I remember endless discussions about it at home during my childhood. In addition to having greatly reduced the scope of the falls, if it were to collapse, the damage would be incalculable …
Not to be missed are the Jesuit missions that dot the area surrounding the falls, in the three countries.
I also recommend a visit to the market of Ciudad del Este. It’s got it all and ut’s very cheap if compared to prices in Argentina. My leather bag (on the above photo) is still beautiful!
In Foz do Iguazu then there is also the largest mosque in the Americas, the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque.
The leitmotif of our stay was the alternation in between being wet and being dry and wrinkled … in this region tropical downpours are absolutely trivial. The weather passes from a shiny and maybe too warm sun to flood and to sun in a few minutes. Trying to hold an umbrella is completely useless. In a minute you are completely soaked and when the sun comes out in a few minutes you are dry again.
In addition to the showers, the humidity and the steam all around the falls should not be underestimated!