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Iguazu Falls

Chapter 6: Into the Devil's Throat

sunny 90 °F

Since we missed last week, here is a double issue:

On March 15th, we hopped on a plane to Foz de Iguazu to visit one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

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We spent the morning of Day 1 walking a 1,200m trail overlooking the Brazilian side of the falls at Iguazu National Park.

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Iguazu Falls is 2.7 km wide and 80 m tall, giving it the largest surface-area of any waterfall on the planet.

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It is twice as tall as Niagara Falls and three times as wide. Upon seeing Iguazu, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara."

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It is also made up of the greatest number of individual waterfalls in one place: 270!

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The Garganta del Diablo, or Devil’s Throat, is where 50% of the entire falls’ flow runs into an impressively narrow u-shaped section.

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We walked out on a platform that extends into the Devil's Throat for a closer look, and the 80m drop results in a roar of sound and a huge upward mist, so it's extremely loud and wet!

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The upside of the mist from all the falling water is that there are perpetual rainbows everywhere:

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In the afternoon, we took a hike through the rainforest, where we saw hundreds of butterflies, a few lizards, and a family of Quatis (which look like a cross between a raccoon and an opossum up close).

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We finished off the day with a speedboat ride along the bottom of the falls.

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We had to hurry to hide the camera in a plastic bag when the boat took us directly under and through the falls. But here is a shot of how happy (and wet!) we were when we came out on the other side:

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And that was just day 1! But here's a final aerial shot to take in the scale of Iguazu Falls, and also serve as a preview of our helicopter ride on day 2:

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More to come!

Posted by wintermaasz 21:27 Archived in Brazil Tagged waterfalls water falls brazil de natural wonder iguazu foz

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Wow How amazing! What a wonderful experience for you two! Making memories.

by Susan Wintermeyer

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