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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Iguazu Falls


Having grown up so close to Niagra Falls, I approached Iguazu Falls with a touch of skepticism. Billed as the biggest waterfall, or series of waterfalls, on the planet, Iguazu had a monster reputation to uphold. But did it ever.

The sheer magnitude of the falls can´t be understood until you´re standing next to them and only then do you realize their enormity.

I didn´t have a flyer that explained how many waterfalls there are, but I´d guess there are hundreds. The big daddy of them all is called Devil´s Throat. I took some pictures, but its simply too massive to capture effectively, unless you´re on a helicopter shooting for National Geographic. But standing next to the billions of tons of water fall, it´s absolutely awing.

Other parts of Iguazu are more panoramic and display the wonder more honestly. I´ve added these photos.

Also at the park there are a variety of nature trails. At the end of the day, I took a trail which brought me in contact with monkeys, coatis, strange beautiful birds, ants the size of my finger, and all the lush vegetation you´d expect to find in the rain forest.

All in all, the 18 hour, 1,000-mile plus trip to get to the falls was worth the effort. It´s not a place that should be overlooked. In a continent packed full of so many ancient and natural wonders, Iguazu Falls is yet another reason to explore this amazing place.

(to the left is a Coati, a three-foot long creature like the combination of an opossum and a raccoon. funny looking fellas, but can give a sharp bite)

5 Comments:

  • At 7:46 AM , Blogger mark said...

    Man, I wish I could have been there at the falls. Awesome. Having spent many, many hours near Niagara Falls, I too would have appreciated the comparison.

    Travel safe and blessed

    Dad

     
  • At 10:20 AM , Anonymous sara said...

    Can you bring me a possum? Dale says it's ok.

    Sara

     
  • At 7:45 AM , Blogger Caleb said...

    the coati tend to bite, but i´ll see what i can do. i doubt anyone´s ever tried to smuggle a coati over the bolivian border.

     
  • At 7:35 AM , Anonymous Dale said...

    No opossums! Unless you also bring a coati to battle it. Two rodent enter. One rodent leave.

     
  • At 8:28 AM , Blogger darin said...

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Hope all is well.
    Darin

     

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