After a quick flight, I am now in “Puerto Iguazú” located at the border between Argentina and Brazil. A very small town that lives out of tourism, obviously. And, I was there during the “Semana Santa” (Holy week), where numerous Argentinians, Brazilians and Paraguayans go on Holidays. So, it was even more difficult to find a cheap accommodation. Bad timing!
Apparently, the name “Iguazú” comes from the Guarani indigenous language (a Paraguayan language). The words y, meaning “water”, and ûasú, meaning “big”. The Guarani indians believed in a legend that goes more or less like this: Once upon a time, there was a big, bad serpent named Boi which lived in the Iguazú river. Once per year, the Guaranies sacrifice a beautiful innocent woman as an offer to Boi. They just throw the poor girl into the river! But one year, a young boy named Tarobá fell in love with the chosen girl for the sacrifice, Naipí. He tried in vain to convince the elders of his tribe to stop this sacrifice. So, the lovers, Naipí and Tarobá, fled in a canoe the night before the sacrifice. In rage, the serpent Boi vent over her back, and sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning Naipí and Tarobá to an eternal fall. [so sad! 😦 ]
Nowadays, thousands of tourists per day visit these impressive Iguazú Falls, which are a natural border between Argentina and Brazil. On the Argentinian side, there are so many different view points: from the bottom or the top of the waterfalls, from a small island called San Martin, from walking paths in the tropical forest, or from footbridges!
The multiple falls extend for hundreds of meters, and the sight of this tremendous amount of water (an average of 553 cubic feet per second) thundering down 269 feet, is just breath-taking! Apparently, when Eleanor Roosevelt saw the Iguazú Falls, she just said 2 words –“Poor Niagara”, implying that Niagara falls were nothing compared to this shear of beauty! It’s just an exceptional panorama!
The weather was hot, warm and tropical (my kind of weather! I love it!), which contributed to the greatness of the site, and the numerous rainbow I saw just made it an even more magic overview! I remained looking at them for hours and hours!
Iguazú Falls are one of theses scenic places in this world that everyone should visit once in their lifetime!
Here is a slideshow of some pics of this amazing place: