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January 26th, 2013 The Magnificent Iguazu Falls of Brazil & Argentina
IGUAZU FALLS, Brazil and Argentina (Jan. 15. 2013) – On her first view of Iguazu Falls, Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have whispered, “Poor Niagara,” a reference to how powerful these magnificent falls in front of her compared to what Niagara Falls has to offer.
Just for fun, I murmured the same thing when I first spotted the area known as the Devil’s Throat from the Argentinian side early on this January morning. Kathleen and I were halfway through what I am calling the “Great South American Birthday Tour of 2013,” and this was our first stop on our day-long exploration of the falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Our personal guide, Mercio Fontes, specializes in the falls area and led us to amazing vistas AND introduced us to some new food during lunch!
Framed by lush subtropical rainforests, Iguazu Falls is the largest series of waterfalls on Planet Earth. A series of 275 different waterfalls, ranging from 197 to 300 feet tall, dump an average of 61,660 cubic feet of water over the cliffs every SECOND!
In fairness, I do need to point out that Iguazu has the second-greatest annual flow of any waterfalls in the world, second only to Niagara Falls, which has an annual average flow of 85,000 cubic feet per second. The vastness of Iguazu, its pristine location (read no tourist shops surrounding it), the number of falls (you see and hear one in every location), makes this area much more spectacular to my eyes and senses.
Iguazu was named a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 and is protected by National Parks that surround it. Even though I’ve spent a great deal of face time with Niagara, I was totally impressed by the fall’s size, volume of water, strong currents and the awesome, deafening sound.