One of the world’s most stunning natural wonders, Iguazu Falls is a series of magnificent waterfalls located on the Iguazu River, straddling the border between Brazil and Argentina. This chain of voluminous cataracts varies between 200 to 269 feet (60 to 82 meters) in height and extends for more than a mile along a crescent-shaped cliff before plunging over a plateau with thunderous roars.
Estimated in number between 275 and 300, the waterfalls are divided by numerous islands. While some of the cascades rush over ledges, creating dazzling sprays of mist and rainbows, others plummet straight down into a long, narrow gorge called the Devil’s Throat.
The falls in and of themselves are a breathtaking spectacle, but their beauty is all the more enhanced by the surrounding lush forest teeming in exotic wildlife like parrots, toucans, macaws, spotted jaguars, monkeys, butterflies and vivid blooms of begonias and wild orchids.
The falls area and wildlife are protected by the Iguazu National Park. The park features many excellent walkways where visitors can get splendid views and photos of the waterfalls at different angles. For the adventurous, helicopter rides over the cascades are available as are boat rides that take people close enough to get wet from the spray.
Other activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, white water rafting and abseiling. Additionally, the national park provides souvenir shops, cafes, snack stands and hotel accommodation.
Iguazu Falls can be accessed by buses and taxis from three cities, which include Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina and Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Buses also transport visitors around the national park.