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Iguacu Falls

The Big Water

Brazil's far southeast extends into a subtropical forest region, 656 square miles of which are protected within Iguaçu National Park. The park is divided between Brazil and Argentina. The two sides offer contrasting views of the main attraction: breathtaking Iguacu Falls.

The name Iguaçu is a Guaraní word, which translates as "Big Water." Indeed, these are the largest falls in the world, in terms of volume. Iguaçu has 275 distinct cascades within its two-mile wide, horseshoe-shaped curve. The most spectacular section of falls is known as La Garganta del Diablo, or "The Devil's Throat." There, the Iguacu River crashes 240 feet to its lower course.

A system of elevated walkways and trails allows visitors to view the falls from above and below. The falls can also be experienced from the water; both the Brazilian and Argentine sides offer zodiac boat trips on the lower section of the Iguacu River. These speedboats cruise up river toward The Devil's Throat, jumping rapids and maneuvering under the spray of some of the smaller falls. Helicopter flights over the falls can also be arranged.

Iguacu National Park is home to over 430 bird and 70 mammalian species, some of which can be seen from the forest trails and walkways surrounding the falls.

Iguacu Falls is a year-round destination. In the rainy season (December to February) visitors are rewarded with greater water volume—up to 450,000 cubic feet per second. Airports serve the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the border. Visits to this area can be combined easily with time in Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires.

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