Stunning Iguazu Falls

“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.

When you travel do you like to go country or city? Or a mix of both?

27 thoughts on “Stunning Iguazu Falls

  1. What a spectacular falls!! And what a view from the room. What kind of tree is that? It looks very interesting.

    When I travel I like to go to a mix of both city and country although I enjoy the countryside much more but that is because I enjoy taking landscape photos.

    • maryrichardson

      Hi Matt,
      I’ve been trying to find out what kind of tree it is and haven’t had any luck. You’ll have to give me some pointers on landscape shots!

  2. Ha! The ‘monkey rule’ would not have tempted me as I can only think of how vicious they are back home. To add insult to injury, they aren’t in the least afraid of women up there!:D

    This is pathetic. I hadn’t heard of these falls before and it’s really something. Might I add that the tree is very distracting and rather fascinating.

    • maryrichardson

      Dear Andi,
      Those coati are cute, aren’t they- and all over the place… but apparently they go into attack mode fast!

  3. Great pictures of the falls. I have heard many good things about them… Are those green things on the strange tree edible? If so, did you try one?

    • maryrichardson

      Dear Ryan,
      Thanks for stopping by! No, I didn’t try one of the green things, but I wish I had now knowing they are figs!

  4. Oh stunning stunning! I love that Roosevelt quote, and I’ve also never heard of these falls! Love the photos here 🙂 {And I do like to mix city & country if I can, but most of the time it’s not so easy to mix-up because of wanting to stay and soak-up as much of a single place as I can!…which means just city or just country…)

    • maryrichardson

      Dear Jude,
      Like you, my style is to want to get really entrenched in one place and know it well by the time I leave. This trip was a bit of an anomaly because there wasn’t much time.

  5. I definitely love the pulse of a big city, but after a few days I need to get out of it and take it down a few notches. I feel like the smaller places are usually more representative of the country itself.

  6. How lovely, nothing beats the drama of rushing waterfalls. I’m a city girl and I love visiting cities, rather small or large but many of the places I travel to don’t have much of what Westerners would consider cities so I usually see and combination of rural areas and towns.

    • maryrichardson

      Dear Fly Girl,
      You do a lot of traveling throughout the Caribbean, right? It’s true that many “cities” in other places aren’t really metropolitan. It’s always interesting to me visiting Latin America or Africa, for example, how cities have big pockets of rural inside them.

  7. City or Country, always the dilemma. I think when visiting a country for the first time I would pick city, just to get a little used to the culture. Then head to the country the next time.
    Beautiful shots of the falls!

    • maryrichardson

      Dear Souzan,
      Like you, I tend to gravitate towards the city too, as it seems more representative of that destination’s culture in a basic way. If there’s time, though I like to mix it up as I never know if I can return there again… I like your idea of breaking it into 2 trips!

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  9. Lovely photos of the falls! I can almost hear them…

    I’m more of a city girl but if there are breathtaking sights, I can be persuaded to venture further afield for a brief time. As long as I have my comforts 🙂

  10. Iguazu Falls would be an amazing place to see. Five Olympic sized swimming pools worth of water go over the falls every second. I find that so amazing.

    As far as the city vs. country, I tend to go where the most interesting things are. I try to mix it up between the two when I can though.

  11. winxrocker

    Generally, I prefer visiting both. Say, on a trip to France, I would love to see Paris and mix a trip to a country chatèau right into it.
    According to me, that does the trick. And so does going for country in one visit, city in another. My hometown is Italy, so I have to mix both visits into one. And that’s just the way I like it! 🙂

    • maryrichardson

      Dear Winrocker,
      A trip to Paris with a side to a country chateau sounds fabulous! I actually love just having that idea in my head!

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