Deep in the Sount American continent hides one of new seven wonders of the world, the impressive Iguassu waterfalls, larger than Nagara and second in the world ( after Victoria).
The beginning of waterfalls is located about 15 km from peculiar point in whcih meet borders of three countries, Brazil,Argentina and Paraguay.
The river and the waterfalls make the natural border between Brazil and Argentina, which has the larger share of the waterfalls, but it is not a big difference in which country you choose to stay. In the close neighbourhood there are two international airports Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and Iguazú on Argentinian side. There are also two small towns named respectively Foz do Iguaçu and Porte Iguazú.
The differences in spelling are due to Portuguese language spoken in Brazil and Spanish in Argentina, but both names mean the same ‘Grat Waters’ and came from the description givent to this phenomenon by the local tribe Guarani.
Both sides of the river are surrounded by the tropical forest protected by two national parks and while the Brazil side offers more views on the falls, on the opposite side there are more paths leading into the jungle which is habitated by over 900 bird species.There is even a small train leading to the point, from which you enter a wooden catwalk leading deep into the watrs to stop close to the spectacular Garganta del Diablo, a horseshoe fall about 80m high. Another impressive group of cascdes is Salto San Martin and you can reach the bottom of the falls by power boats starting from both sides of the river.
Both towns are well prepared to accommodate large numbers of tourists, but if you prefer you can stay in one of the hotels located in the close neighbourhood of the falls, one of them is Sheraton.
[ Photo courtesy of Benjamin Dumas ]