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Iguacu Falls - the greatest sight in South America

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A September 2002 trip to Ciudad del Este by actonsteve

Oh no dont take us in again!!! Photo, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay More Photos
Quote: One of the greatest sights in South America - the Iguacu Falls are mindblowing. Over 275 individual waterfalls pour into a horseshoe 4 km long set a tropical forest NP. A trip here creates memories of a lifetime.

Iguacu Falls - the greatest sight in South America

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From the lip of the Brazilian falls Photo, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
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There are some experiences in life you can't explain: standing at the lip of a 200ft waterfall watching thousands of gallons of river water pour under your feet has to be one of them. Tropical vegetation surrounds you, butterflies flutter, parrots sqawk, lianas creep and the violence of the world's greatest waterfall tears and spills inches away from your precarious position. Then multiply this waterfall by two hundred and sixty five. Let them pour off a cliff four miles long in the heart of a stifling tropical rainforest onto another escarpment which pours into a gushing gorge - let two of the largest countries in South America into the equation and you may come close to describing Iguacu Falls...Read More

Hotel Foz de Iguacu

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Hotel | "Hotel Foz de Iguacu - in the Heart of the City"

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Foz de Iguacu is a one attraction town. It gets its prime income from the closeness of the world famous falls. This means it is fully geared for tourists - churrascarias and Quilo restaurants, bars and nightclubs, bank and exchange bureaus, car rentals and tour companies and anything else a tourist could want.But it is primarily a place to lay your head. Part of the package I bought was an overnight stay at the Hotel Foz de Iguacu located at the centre of town at Avenida Brazil. This is a large three star hotel which caters mainly for tour groups, most of them from Argentina. The lobby is OK with rather seventies brown furniture but a very helpful and busy desk staff and its four floor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2002

Hotel Foz de Iguacu
Avenida Brazil
Foz de Iguacu, Paraguay

Churrasbasica (Barbecue)

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Restaurant | "The Churrabascia - Eat Like a Gaucho"

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Along with the Quilo restaurante, the Churrasbasica is a legend in Brazil.It is especially popular down here on the Argentine border and they have some immense ones catering for the tour parties. The Churrasbasica is based around meat - especially beef - and great legs of it are cooked within sight and brought to your table. The juices flow as you can choose which part you wish to eat and it is carved onto your plate right in front of you.After seeing the falls in Argentina we headed back to Brazil about 3.30pm and realised how hungry we were. The guide, Silvano, suggested a Churrascaria on the way to the airport. The restaurante was a great barn structure which opened at 12.00...Read More

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Churrasbasica (Barbecue)
On the Road to the Airport
Foz de Iguacu, Paraguay

The walkway to the Garganta di Diablo Photo, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
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I am not joking when I say this is the most terrifying part of Iguacu Falls.To stare into the Garganta di Diablo - the Devil's throat - is to stare into the abyss. Fourteen separate waterfalls combine to pour into a gorge to create the worlds largest continous waterfall. In terms of volume of water per second this is the world's most powerful waterfall stretching in a horseshoe over half a mile in circumference. You can walk to the edge of the horseshoe via walkways from the Argentine side and to look in is to look into a continous canyon of frothing ripping water and a spray which can be seen from 4,000 ft up in the air.When you reach the Argentine side most visitors head for the ...Read More
The edge of the waterfall Photo, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
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There are two walks through the jungle that no visitor to Iguacu should miss. One is along the precipice where over forty waterfalls plunge onto the escarpment - the Superior (higher) Cataract walk. And the other is underneath the falls - the Inferior (lower) Cataract walk. Both are spectacular and take you through primary rainforest bursting with animal and plant life. They make a good excursion after seeing the Garganta di Diablo and are within easy walking distance of the visitors centre and the Sheraton Hotel. But for me this was a good opportunity to see a South American rainforest at close hand without tracking up to the Matto Grosso or Amazon and without doing it damage. Aft...Read More
The Argentinean escarpment Photo, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
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Your final look at the myriad of waterfalls at Iguacu will probably be from the inferior (lower) set of walkways. This takes you down to the river and provides stunning views of the falls looming far above you and the great arc of the escarpment which stretches for 3 1/2 miles. By now you may have had your fill of tropical vegetation and gushing torrents but the view from beneath is rather special and there is one last thrill before you head for the exit. It is also - after the Garganta di Diablo - the most touristed part of the falls and there is a constant stream of people heading down the walkway. In the height of the summer take your swimming trunks as there is a beach on the R...Read More
The waterfalls on the second escarpment Photo, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
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For one of the greatest sights in South America, indeed one which epitomises this exciting continent, - come to the Brazilian side of Iguacu Falls. The vista of forty waterfalls stretched along a gigantic cliff face four miles long is earthshaking. Your ears will be deafened, your eyes will be as wide as they can go and you will be happy from being drenched head to foot in the spray from this wonder. It is almost too much for the eye to take. The power of nature is overwhelming here - parrots sqawk, butterflies land on your hand to suck up the sweat, currents and eddies swirl violently and 100 year old trees tower above you inhabited by capuchin monkeys and brightly coloured toucans....Read More
Crammed into the Macuco Photo, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
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This may be the highlight of your trip to Iguacu Falls.An independent operator offers an excursion which includes a trip through the jungle and a zodiac (inflatable speedboat) that whizzes amongst the cataracts and under the falls themselves. This is the ultimate thrill ride as the pilot spins and speeds along the Iguacu river zooming into Argentina and Brazil and pushing to the limit until each passenger is absolutely soaked and thoroughly exhilarated.The company - Macuco Tours - operates on the road in and out of the park. For 90 reals (£31/$45) you get a thrill of a lifetime and everyone who visits Iguacu should do this at least once. After paying your money (they accept interna...Read More
The Rio Iguacu from the air Photo, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
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If you fly down to Iguacu make sure you sit on the left hand side of the plane. As you approach the city the pilot banks the aircraft to give a stunning view of the chocolate brown Iguacu river 4,000 ft below. From this height you can see the great swathe of the National Park rolling away to the horizon with it's tropical rainforest stretching for tens of miles. The chocolate brown of the Iguacu weaves it's way through this jungle with the promotory of Brazil on one side and the curve of Argentina on the other. We could see a mighty rift in the earth, spume rose from it's depths and the cascading white of the falls could be seen from the plane. The whiteness of the falls contrasted with th...Read More