Falling for the falls

June 8, 2008 - Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Mother Nature got it right when she created the Iguazú Falls. They are simply breath-taking in their beauty and power. Low-lying rivers appear to be meandering effortlessly until they fill out into a delta that fuels the mighty falls.

San Martin and Garganta del Diablo (Devil´s throat) waterfalls are worth the 18-hour bus ride from Buenos Aires. Thousands of colourful butterflies flit around you as you walk over the sturdy metal bridges to reach the Garganta del Diablo, creating a sense of serendipity in the national park that masks the sheer brute force of the falls.

Access to the falls is amazing on the Argentinean side; from a boat below (and in) the falls, to walkways beside and above, the views are spectacular from every angle. Apparently the Brasilian side offers a panoramic view, but I couldn´t really see how I could better my experience from Argentina.

Once standing just above the Garganta del Diablo, nothing else seems to matter as you stare into the mass of water cascading 80 metres into a white blur. It´s a magical place with amazing energy, as those who hang around for longer than the photo opportunity will find out (and also get a little wet). Put simply, if you want to marvel at one of nature´s finest creations, this is it.


Pigeon's view of Parliament
San Martin falls
Heading towards San Martin in the dingy

1 Comment

Bernadette Heffernan:
June 10, 2008
Dear Katie,
We are enjoying following your travels.
Hope you have a great birthday.
The Heffernan family
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