For me, Cascades or waterfalls are certainly one of the most majestic creations on our planet. There are dozens of different categories that vary widely, depending on the rock, geomorphology, weather or other factors.
Even though I have seen hundreds of them around the world, I am still speechless every time I’m in front of one of them. It’s a bit like a feeling that can never go away … I feel at every opportunity like a child discovering a new toy for the first time.
I am going to speak here about the Iguazú Falls which remain for me to this day the most spectacular that I have had the chance and the opportunity to see … I have already returned 3 times and the feeling that I experience in front of it remain unchanged over time !! For me, they are one of the mythical natural places to discover with your own eyes.
The Iguazú Falls are located in the middle of the rainforest, on the triple border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. (It is unfortunately impossible to observe the falls from Paraguay) But you will be able to observe as an aperitif “Los Saltos del Monday”, a still unknown jewel of Paraguay.
Iguazú Falls are among the 7 most amazing new natural wonders in the world.
They emerged from a volcanic eruption and are an incredible set of 275 waterfalls located next to each other on a front almost 3 km long. The highest of them reaches 80m in height (it is called the Garganta del Diablo in Spanish or Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese).
Hold on tight, they are twice the width and height of Niagara Falls !!
Shared mainly between Argentina and Brazil with the greater part being in Argentina, they are some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world and being surrounded by this impressive body of water pouring out in a deafening rumble is an unforgettable experience !!!
These falls which are in themselves a breathtaking spectacle, are located in the heart of a superb humid subtropical forest which contains more than 2000 species of plants as well as an incredible fauna.
Some animals are easy to observe during walks around the falls, others are more discreet. Among the fauna, we can see tapirs, anteaters, monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, coatis, parrots, toucans, and many other species.
It is recommended to spend at least 2 days to visit the park from both sides (Argentinian and Brazilian) but if you have the option to stay there for 3 days then you will really have the opportunity to enjoy and take the time to soak up of this natural wonder.
There are different circuits to discover the waterfalls, here are the main ones:
The loop trail called “Circuito Superior” which is about 700 m long and leads to several viewpoints placed above the waterfalls. From there, the view is magnificent and one feels very small in front of this roaring water which flows into the landscape.
This path also in loop called “Circuito Inferior” makes approximately 1.4 km; it allows you to get to the bottom of the waterfalls. The footbridge which reaches the bottom of Salto Bossetti allows to have a very impressive view, at the risk of getting wet … But the game is worth the effort !!
Isla San Martín
In the “Circuito Inferior”, there is the possibility of taking a boat to reach the island of San Martin. On the island, a small route allows you to have a different view of the falls, including the large “Salto San Martín” and “Salto Tres Mosqueteros”. You should know that the access is not always open depending on the level of the Iguazú river.
Paseo Garganta del Diablo
A must to realize the strength of Mother Nature !!! By taking a footbridge that leads to the heart of the Iguazú River and the most impressive waterfalls, we arrive at this unique place called Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) which is the highlight of the spectacle of these fabulous falls.
My Top 3 wonders of nature
I think our Planet is so beautiful, that most of the time, we forget to admire all the things that are around us.
But there are still places like Iguazú Falls for which I felt something special deep inside me, like a feeling of well being in front of the breathtaking beauty of nature.
(I have also experienced this fascination on certain sites of the world built by Man such as “Machu Picchu” or “the temples of Angkor” among others).
The Iguazú Falls are undoubtedly part of my Top 3 wonders of nature that I have had the chance and the opportunity to discover so far in the world and which made me feel this very special sensation. .
The list of this Top 3 is completed with “El Perito Moreno”, a glacier that is located in Argentina and the desert “Wadi Rum” in Jordan.
Well, you have probably understood it, Iguazú Falls are one of the getaways not to be missed !!