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It was the stunning display of the natural wonder of Iguazu Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil, that drew my wife and I to Argentina in late-January/early-February, 2005. Located almost due north of Buenos Aires, and just about 2 hours travel time by jet aircraft, the intertwined wonders of the numerous cataracts, rain forest and deep gorge present quite a spectacle for any visitor, regardless of the time of year.
The large area of numerous waterfalls on the Rio Iguazu is surrounded by rain-forest, thanks to the protection of the Parque Nacional del Iguazu on the Argentina-side and it's counterpart Parque Nacional do Iguacu on the Brazil-side. The 55,000-hectare (212 sq. mile) Nacional Park surrounding the Argentinian-side of Iguazu Falls was first conceived in 1909 but was not officially established until 1934. The park is situated about 160-m (525-ft.) above sea level and vegetation mostly consists of sub-tropical wet forest hosting numerous species of animal, bird, insect and plant life. The name Iguazu stems from the local Indian dialect and means 'big water' in their language. The park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, one of eight such sites in Argentina.
Our motivation for visiting this new part of the world (for us) was the celebration of our wedding anniversary, 30 years after we were married in Zambia and had our Honeymoon in southern Africa at the equally famous Victoria Falls. We figured it was about time that we checked out the competition! It turned out to be a great choice. We really enjoyed our few days in this remote northeast corner of Argentina, staying in the friendly and small city of Puerto Iguazu.
This view was taken on the Argentina-side, looking at the Salto (Falls) San Martin, the second most powerful of the cataracts here.
- Pros:Largely unspoilt natural beauty
- Cons:It can be crowded with tourists, jostling for position
- In a nutshell:One of the World's Natural Wonders
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