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Taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horsehoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River, Iguaz˙ Falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left yet another large crack in the earth. These matter of fact details do nothing to describe the grandeur of the falls, the tremendous amount of water (an average of 553 cubic feet per second) thundering down 269 feet, the tropical location and the sheer beauty that led Eleanor Roosevelt to say "Poor Niagara". Four times the width of Niagara Falls, Iguazu Falls are divided by various islands into separate waterfalls. During the rainy season of November - March, the rate of flow may reach 450,000 cubic feet (12,750 cubic m) per second. Iguaz˙ Falls, called Foz do Iguašu in Brazilian, and Cataratas del Iguaz˙ in Spanish, lie on the Argentina - Brazil border and are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Browse through these Views of Iguaz˙ Falls for an idea of their might and grandeur.

The falls are part of a singular practically virgin jungle ecosystem protected by Argentine and Brazilian national parks on either side of the cascades. Two thirds of the falls are on the Argentinian side of the river where you can also tour Iguaz˙ National Park where there are jungle trails and bird hikes. Plan a full day in the park to fully enjoy the wildlife flora and fauna. It is possible to see the falls and surrounding area in a lightning trip but it is better to plan at least two days. The view from the Brazilian side is the most panoramic and there are helicopter rides out over the falls from Foz do Iguašu. You may also take boat rides out to the falls. The light is best in the morning for photographs.


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