Published: March 26th 2011February 24th 2011
From Posadas, Argentina our next major stop was to head to the famous Igauzu water falls, which are on the border of Argentina and Brazil. On the way there we were going to stop at another set of interesting waterfalls called the Saltos de Mocona near El Soberbio, Argentina. The falls are somewhat unique in that they run lengthwise down a river for about 3 km. However after taking a 6 hour bus ride to get there we found out that the river was too high and the falls where covered up. Oh well these things happen.
So the next day we hoped on another bus to Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, which is the touristy town adjacent the Iguazu falls on the Argentina side. The Iguazu falls are absolutely amazing and my words and pictures would never adequately describe them. It is not a single water falls, but is composed of > 200 waterfalls feed by the Iguacu River. From the Argentina side you get to walk along the side of river with some nice close up views of the falls. So close that you wind up completely drenched.
One of the trails takes you to the Gargantas Del Diablo
(The devils throat). This is a spot in the river, where the cliffs that make up part of the water falls make a U like shape with water pouring in from all around. They have built a small foot bridge that takes you right up to the edge.
We spent two days on the Argentina side, and then made our way into Brazil to the city of Foz de Igauzu. From here we visited the falls again. On the Brazilian side you get much more panoramic views of the falls and it truly was impressive.
After spending three days completely drenched, we decided to go see the Itaipu dam. This is the second largest dam in the world, and is about 65 stories tall. It dams up the Parana River on the border of Paraguay and Brazil. It provides 20% of Brazil’s and 95% of Paraguay’s electricity. The day we were there they had the spill way open, which drains excess water from the damned lake. This was impressive, because there was 6 million Liters per second of water coming out at about 80 miles per hour.
Up next we are headed to the Pantanal region of
Brazil where the guide book says “the mosquitos are truly awesome”.
There are more photos below