Rage, tranquillity, beauty and brute force all rolled into one. Iguazu Falls truly is a natural wonder of the world. Over a kilometre of cascading water, dropping down into Rio Iguazu – not a place any sane human being would ever want to take a tip. Without a doubt, the most breath-taking part of the falls was the Garganta del Diablo (Devils Throat). A semi-circular cliff over which flows the main seam of the river. The volume of water, the spray back up from the base and the roar of the waterfall blows your mind. We stood there in amazement and what was happening before us. The mind, as much as it tried couldn’t quite comprehend the display of power that was happening right in front of it. It can’t be described, but rather experienced.

 

Iguazu Argentina

 

The Brazilian Side

On day one, I took to the Brazilian side of the falls to get panoramic views. It had been raining most of the day and we were almost going to pass it up, but I made a last minute decision to head across the border. It was a good way to approach our time at Iguazu, get a perspective of the falls on day one and then an up-close experience on day two. Although the skies were grey, the falls were in full view.

 

Iguazu Brasil

Walking out of the track this is the first thing you see on the Brazil side

 

Iguazu Brasil

This isn’t even a big one!

 

Iguazu Brasil

A small fall trickling through the island

 

Iguazu Brasil

 

Iguazu Brasil

 

Iguazu Brasil

It’s not just one long wall, they cascade down in places

 

Iguazu Brasil

Probably not somewhere you’d stop for a swim

 

Iguazu Brasil

The Brazil side path out into the falls

 

Iguazu Brasil

The main wall of the waterfall on the Brazil side

 

The Argentinian Side

We stayed on the Argentinian side on day two, spending 4 hours in the national park, walking the trails that snake their way along the edge of the falls. Most of the viewing platforms put you right on the edge of one of the drop-offs, getting to experience a calmly flowing river explode into a waterfall. The sun was out so photo-taking was easy. I’ll let the photo’s speak for themselves and leave the narrative here. The final thing is to cast a decision on which is the better side to visit? While Brasil gives you a great view of the whole area, there is no doubt that the Argentinian side of the falls gives you the up-close ‘wow’ factor that the falls are famous for!

 

Iguazu Argentina

Cel preparing to be awestruck

 

Iguazu Argentina

Plenty of butterflies to go around

 

Iguazu Argentina

 

Iguazu Argentina

Profile pic material right there

 

Iguazu Argentina

Standing under one of the falls

 

Iguazu Argentina

 

Iguazu Argentina

They’ve got wildlife in there as well

 

Iguazu Argentina

The fall to the bottom left was raging, amazing power

 

Iguazu Argentina

Love still exists in the falls

 

Iguazu Argentina

Getting close to the edge of the end

 

Iguazu Argentina

TIme to enter the lair of nature

 

Iguazu Argentina

Fish stick to the upper side of the falls

 

Iguazu Argentina

Cel keeping herself dry from the spray

 

Iguazu Argentina

 

Iguazu Argentina

 

Iguazu Argentina

 

Iguazu Argentina

This is the moment I realised I was a tiny little person in this world

 

Iguazu Argentina

Forget the life-jacket, it’s all over!

 

Iguazu Argentina

The wall of waterfalls

 

Iguazu Argentina

Finishing the day off with a peaceful moment, butterfly on hat.

 

2 Comments

  1. nicky says: October 10, 2012 • 07:09:52

    Mate its time you came home your narration and photos are sounding like you need a blokes reality check!

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  2. Latin America: Top 5 Destinations « BrendonFry.com says: November 7, 2012 • 08:21:42

    […] one side of the falls. If you are in the southern half of Latin America , you must travel to the Iguazu Falls – A Natural Wonder of the World. It’s a 24hr bus ride from Salta in Argentina (with a change in Posadas) and if you’re […]

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