IGUAZU FALLS

The Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil; however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.

The name of the falls originates from the Tupi or Guarani language, and means “big water”. While the ancient Brazilian tribes knew of its thunderous beauty, it was only officially ‘discovered’ in 1541, when the European explorer, the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, came across its awe-inspiring beauty.

The number of these smaller waterfalls fluctuates from 150 to 300, depending on the water level. Approximately half of the river’s flow falls into a long and narrow chasm called the Devil’s Throat. On the right bank is the Brazilian territory, which has just over 20% of the jumps of these falls, and the left side jumps are Argentine, which makes up almost 80% of the falls.

Today, the Iguazu Falls are owned by the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Iguazú National Park in Argentina and the Iguaçu National Park in Brazil.

Interesting Facts about The Iguazu Falls

1. The exquisite Iguazu Falls are also known as the Iguassu Falls and the Iguaçu Falls.

2. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world and the falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu.

3. The name of the falls originates from the Tupi or Guarani language, and means “big water”.

4. Iguazu Falls are owned by the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites i.e. the Iguazú National Park in Argentina and the Iguaçu National Park in Brazil.

5. A large proportion of the water is thrust down Devil’s Throat, a long chasm that is 82 meters high, 150 meters wide and 700 meters long.

6. The Iguazu Falls are an awesome sight as tons of water throw themselves over cliffs and the mist rises amongst the jungle.

7. They are taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, for which Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have exclaimed on her first sight of the Falls: “Poor Niagara!”

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