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Three days in Foz de Iguazu


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After a 22-hour bus ride from Rio (it actually wasn't as horrific as it sounds), we made it to Foz de Iguazu (the Iguazu Falls). The falls were spectacular! They are located at the intersection of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. We viewed the falls from both Argentina and Brazil- most people think the Argentina side is better, but they were both great for their own reasons. The Brazil side offers a broad stroke view of the falls, while the Argentina side is more up close and personal. What surprised me most about the falls was how many of them there are. I was expecting two or three waterfalls but, instead, the Iguazu Falls actually consist of 275-waterfalls in one place ranging in height from 200 to 269-feet. About half of the waterfalls flow into a long chasm called Garganta del Diablo (the Devil's Throat - pictures below). The Devil's Throat separates Argentina from Brazil.
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On our first day, we visited the Brazil side of the falls at sunset. On day two, we traveled to the Argentina side for a full-day of waterfall sightseeing. Getting from Brazil to Argentina was a process. We were warned it would take some time, about two-hours in actuality (each way). We traveled by local bus to the Brazil border where we were dropped off and had to have our passports stamped to indicate that we were leaving Brazil. Then, we waited 45-minutes for another bus to pick us up and take us to the Argentina border in order to have our passports stamped to indicate that we were entering Argentina. Thankfully, the second bus waited for us to have our passports stamped and then dropped us off at a bus station in town. Once in town, we had to get some Argentinian pesos and then pick up another bus to the falls. The pictures below are of the upper and lower falls on the Argentina side. The falls are a must see if you are ever in the area!
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On our last day in Brazil, we went to the Itaipu Dam, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The dam is not the most beautiful site ever, but it is an impressive man-made object. The dam sits on the border between Paraguay and Brazil and was constructed after a treaty was signed between the two countries in 1973. The dam provides hydroelectric power to both countries, roughly 20% of Brazil's power and 90% of Paraguay's power. It was the world's largest hydroelectric dam until the Three Gorges Dam opened in China in 2006.

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Seriously, the falls were amazing...put them on your list!

On to Uruguay...

Posted by geldere 16:47 Archived in Brazil Tagged waterfalls

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Iguazu has been on my short list since the falls had a featured role in the 2002 season of "The Amazing Race"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBCtDuw9FyI&t=5m40s

Lovin' traveling vicariously through your blog posts!

Love, Michael :-)

by Michael-S

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