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Iguazú Falls

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It is really hard to find words to describe the magnificent magnitude of Iguazú Falls.  The name “Iguazu” comes from the Guarani or Tupi words, meaning “water”, and “ûasú “(wa’su), meaning “big”. Legend has it that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. The first European to record the existence of the falls was the Spanish conauistador, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, in 1541.

We did several hikes today. We could see the falls all the way to the Brazil side which is about 1.5 miles away.   The volume of the water today it is much higher than normal although it has been even higher in the past.

The photographs I took can barely depict the enormity of these falls.  I could have stood there for hours and hours and hours just watching them.

We could see Iguazú Falls all the way to Brazil

Iguazú Falls 5

Iguazú Falls 6

I think the videoI took was from top of the San Martin Falls.

I was sad when I read the following words which we found on an information board.

“Barely four decades ago the waters of the river ran clear. Since then with forest clearance in most of the watershed, each time that it rains the water washes away the unprotected soil which turns the river red. Turbidity affects wildlife; fish cannot find each other to court and spawn; and birds and mammals, which feed on fish, cannot see their prey. Today the dams upriver act as sedimentation tanks and may lessen the problem.”

Of course I had to have a photos of Ann and  myself at the falls.

This is Ann at Iguazú Falls.

Nancy @ Iguazú Falls

On the trails around the park we saw many Coati which are very, very aggressive because people sometimes break the rules and feed them. I am sure I have seen these same animals in the rain forest in Ecuador. They kind of look like a cross between a raccoon and a possum.

The coati can be very agressive

The babies are pretty cute.

The baby coati can be pretty cute.

But I actually watched one of them jump up and knock a woman’s bag out of her hand.  Since they can really do damage if they bite, she was pretty flustered.

The monkeys spiders spin very strong webs.  We were able to reach down and feel the web of this monkey spider.  The webs are very tough.

These monkey spiders weave a very strong web.

I was lucky to get a photo of this Southeast Collared Spiny Lizard which was up in the crook of a tree.

This Southeast Collared Spiny Lizard was up in a tree.

The Southeast Collared Spiny Lizard was hiding in the tree.

We saw a couple of Toucans but I was never lucky enough to get a photograph of any of them.

We walked around the falls most of the afternoon and then took a train ride …

Train to Devil's Throat

…before we walked to Devil’s Throat which I believe is also called Garganta del Diablo.

We saw a Southern cormorant.  I only know the name of this bird because Sue Deitderich was on our trip and is helping me with identification.

This is a Southern Comorant

The power of the water coming over the falls was overwhelming.

The power of Devil's Throat was overwhelming

I hope you get sense of  the power of Devils Throat from this video.

Our visit ended with a  short float down the river in a raft.

We took a raft trip down the river at Iguazú Falls.

The ride was very peaceful and a great way to end a fantastic day.  If you ever get the chance to be in Argentina, make sure you go to Iguazú Falls.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

11 thoughts on “Iguazú Falls

  1. Beautiful falls. Looks like a wonderful trip.

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  2. The wonders of nature! So beautiful!

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  3. Thank you for these photos!!!

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  4. Those waterfalls are beautiful grandma! Love u😘😘😘

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  5. That’s a amazing shot of the collard spiny lizard!!!
    I ❤️ U

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  6. You are so in your element.Enjoying the pics.

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  7. Love the ‘wildlife’ and the falls are amazing! So much and the trip is just days old! What an adventure!

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  8. What beautiful pictures!
    Thanks!

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  9. The falls are fuller than when I was there in their winter. Amazing!

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  10.   Wonderful picts Nancy.How thrilling! Thanks for letting us follow your adventures.    tw      

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  11. Great Pics! Thanks as always for sending. I should tell you that Arny and I were inspired to visit Multnomah Falls yesterday – a really beautiful hike and the falls were awesome if not quite as awesome as Iguazu. A and A

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