Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Iguazu Falls

I have seen some amazing natural wonders in New Zealand. Milford Sound and the mountains around Lake Wakatipu come to mind. And in China I enjoyed some fantastic views from atop mountains and the beautiful karst structures in Guangxi Province.

But Iguazu Falls may very well top all of these.

It´s one of those things that you ¨have¨ to see in Argentina, let alone South America. The falls are in the northeast part of the country and share a border with Brazil. They stretch wider than Niagara, and stand higher too. The falls (cataratas en espaƱol) are actually 275 distinct waterfalls. Don´t confuse this with Venezuela´s uber-tall Angel Falls. And if you´ve seen the latest Indiana Jones movie, these are the falls you see at the end when the spaceship thing leaves.

And now, I present you with some of the greatest eye candy ever featured on this blog.

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A long-distance view of Garganta del Diable, or Devil´s throat, the falls´ most impressive section.

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A view from atop Garganta del Diable. The Argentine-Brazilian border runs right through these falls.

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And since that hardly does this view justice, here´s a video that shows the power of the falls.




And lastly, a video of a different section of the falls.




I´m back in BA for another night, then on to Bariloche in the south tomorrow. I´ve got about 3 1/2 weeks to explore some of the south, before I depart Argentina in early February.

And I´ve got another mystery stop on my way to Omaha.

1 comment:

Gena said...

Wow - for having a camera that doesn't do night shots very well, that camera certainly treated those falls pretty well. What amazing shots!