100 Places You Need to Visit: Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Posted on November 12, 2012


We’re working down our list of the 100 places you need to visit.  MarketMAPS takes you to a destination that reflects the beauty and power of nature: Iguazu Falls. 

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On the border of Argentina and Brazil sits Iguazu Falls, a series of waterfalls that divide the Iguazu River into its southern and northern sections.  Chances are if you’ve ever looked at a National Geographic magazine, or seen a collection of nature-photography, you’ve seen Iguazu Falls.  It is one of the most famous and most photographed waterfalls on earth.  It has been a setting for several movies including the James Bond film Moonraker, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


The Legend of the Falls

The name Iguazu comes from the Guarani or Tupi words “y,” meaning water, and “ûasú,” meaning big.  Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.  The first European to find the falls was the Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.

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A Long Drop

There are between 150 and 300 smaller waterfalls in the area (the number changes depending on the seasons and water levels).  About half of the river’s flow falls into a long and narrow chasm called the Devil’s Throat, which is U-shaped, 82 meters high, 150 meters wide, and 700 meters long.  The numerous waterfalls send about 1,756 cubic meters of water 197-269 feet below every second.


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UNESCO Protected Site

You can access the falls from two separate points in two different countries.  Iguazú National Park in Argentina and Iguaçu National Park in Brazil are the two access points for the falls and were both designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, respectively.


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If you’d like to witness the relatively untouched majesty and power of nature, Iguazu Falls may be the place for you.  If you’re looking to plan a trip to Brazil, or if you’d like to decorate your home with maps of South America, Argentina, or anywhere in the world, contact MarketMAPSWe publish the most complete selection of maps of anywhere in the US and worldwide.


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