Trip to Iguazu falls in pictures and some interesting factsSeptember 22, 2018
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The first question when I was planning the trip to Iguazu falls was, whether we will visit from Brazil or Argentina. I studied online articles and images of Iguazu falls and eventually decided, that the Brazilian side of Iguazu falls will be enough for us. Some people swear that visiting both sides is a must, I thought that 3 days of looking at waterfalls would be too much (we planned a visit to Salto de Monday in Paraguay the next days).
To get to the Brazilian side of Iguazu falls is no science, there are frequent (and cheap) buses running from the city center, which will leave you right in front of the ticket office. Then you can take a few km walk or another bus to takes you to the waterfalls.
As soon as I saw the falls, there was no wonder, why they were voted one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The photos might be beautiful, but they don’t even start captivating the enormous size and beauty of the falls. And if I say they are huge, I mean it, no exaggeration. There is a short 1,5 km trail alongside the falls, which took us 3 hours to complete! Argentina might have 2/3 of the Iguazu falls, but Brazil side gets the best views. So enough chatting, let’s just look at the pictures.
Fun facts about Iguazu falls you probably didn’t know about:
#1 Fun fact about Iguazu falls - the origin
Iguazu falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left a large crack in the earth but there is also a romantic legend about its origin: God wanted to marry an indigenous girl Naipí, but she didn't want to marry him. So she escaped on a canoe with her lover Tarobá. When the God found out, he got really mad and created a crack in the river Iguazu where water started falling over. When lovers were approaching the crack, they fell over the ridge of the waterfall and drowned.
#2 Fun fact about Iguazu falls - the name
The translation of the name of Iguazu falls is Big Water in Guarani, the language of the indigenous tribes. Quite an accurate description of this natural landmark, isn’t it?
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#3 Fun fact about Iguazu falls - the people
Over time, Iguazu falls were visited by many famous people. Among them also one of the American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. On her first sight of the tremendous falls, she exclaimed: “Poor Niagara!”
#4 Fun fact about Iguazu falls - the fame
You may have seen Iguazu Falls on the big screen. The landmark’s casting onscreen as part of major films such as Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull, Miami Vice and the James Bond film Moonraker.
Interesting facts about Iguazu falls:
#5 Interesting fact about Iguazu falls - waterfalls
The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometers of the Iguazu River. The number of the falls though changes with the season and level of water flow. Some disappear in dry season and in wet season they appear again.
#6 Interesting fact about Iguazu falls - discovery
The first European who ever saw the Iguazu falls was the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.
#7Interesting fact about Iguazu falls - size
The biggest and most impressive of all the falls the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish), a U-shaped, 82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide cataract. You can see it from a floating bridge surrounded by other waterfalls.
#8 Interesting fact about Iguazu falls - water flow
The Iguazu falls might be the second biggest in the world (after Victoria falls in Africa), but they have the greatest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The average anuall amount of water falling over Iguazu is around 1756 cubic meter per second. That makes 3,5 milion beers and thats twice as much as the Czechs drink in two years! (based on statistics from 2016)
What’s the best time to visit Iguazu falls
Though many people swear, that the best time to visit Iguazu falls is in the spring and fall, because summer is very hot and humid, and in winter the water level is considerably lower. We visited in the winter (July, August) and I honestly think it's a great time for visiting Iguazu falls. It's the dry season, so you will have more luck on a clear sky, the temperature is bearable and though the water flow might be lower, it doesn't mean the falls are dry. What it means is, that you are less likely to get completely wet when you walk among them and there will be also fewer people. Win-win situation in my opinion.
Look at my vide from Iguazu falls to get better idea of how big they are:
How many days to spend at Iguazu falls
If you wonder how many days to spend at Iguazu falls, and you only go to the Brazil side of the Iguazu falls, one day is enough and it's better to plan the visit in the afternoon. When the sun is higher, you will definitely see a rainbow. If you also want to go to the Argentinian side of the falls, plan a two-day visit.
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Trip to Iguazu falls in pictures and some interesting facts