Chapter 6: Into the Devil's Throat
15.03.2016 - 23.03.2016 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.
We spent the morning of Day 1 walking a 1,200m trail overlooking the Brazilian side of the falls at Iguazu National Park.
Iguazu Falls is 2.7 km wide and 80 m tall, giving it the largest surface-area of any waterfall on the planet.
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."
It is also made up of the greatest number of individual waterfalls in one place: 270!
The Garganta del Diablo, or Devil’s Throat, is where 50% of the entire falls’ flow runs into an impressively narrow u-shaped section.
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!
The upside of the mist from all the falling water is that there are perpetual rainbows everywhere:
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).
We finished off the day with a speedboat ride along the bottom of the falls.
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:
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:
More to come!