“Poor Niagara!” – Eleanor Roosevelt upon gazing at Iguazu Falls for the first time.
Before deciding to visit Argentina, I had never heard of Iguazu Falls. I don’t know how that could be. It is a World Heritage Site. It was shortlisted to be considered one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” and draws comparisons to Victoria Falls in Africa. It has also been featured in many movies including the Mission and the most recent Indiana Jones film.
At the last minute, I put it on my itinerary and flew there from BA. I’m so glad I did.
On the border between Argentina and Brazil, the entire “system” consists of 275 falls alongside the Iguazu River. The thunderous sheets of water can be viewed from 3 different amazing angles.
The largest fall is the U shaped Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) at 82 meters high.
I stayed at the Sheraton Iguazu Falls, where I got a room facing Devil’s Throat. Even from the hotel room balcony, I could hear the falls in the distance.
Outside the hotel, there is a lush subropical rainforest where you can walk to the falls, admiring the smaller falls and glimpsing the wildlife and vegetation.
Like Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls was a thrilling surprise.
I really appreciated getting a little bit of different worlds on this Argentina trip- BA big city sophistication and Iguazu Falls natural paradise.