Iguazu Falls
Address: Misiones Province, Argentina
Elevation: 195 m
Height: 82 m
Width: 2,700 m
Number of drops: 275
Flow rate: 1,756 m³/s
Did you know: Iguazú Falls was in actual fact formed as the result of a volcanic eruption,
which left a large crack in the earth.
Iguazu Falls, also Cataratas do Iguaçu in Portuguese and Cataratas Del Iguazú in Spanish are waterfalls that
straddle between the Brazilian State of Paraná and Province of Misiones in Argentina along the River
Iguazu. It divides the river into upper and lower Iguazu. Below are some interesting things you need to
know about the waterfalls.
1. There is a legend to explain the falls: God wanted to marry Naipí, an Aborigine girl against her wish. She escaped on a canoe with her human lover, Tarobá. Upon realizing this, he got angry and separated the River Iguazu by creating deep falls so that the two will be condemned to an eternal fall.

2. With more than 275 falls, the Iguazu are the most majestic of water falls. The most scenic one is the curved cataract christened the 'devils throat' that has 14 falls that drop to a height of 350 feet.

3. The rainforest delta surrounding the falls boasts a whopping 2,000 species of plants.

4. Iguacu is wider than Lake Victoria on the Zambian/Zimbabwean border. However due to the outcrops that interrupts its water falls, it is considered smaller.

5. There is a scenic rainbow formed on the waterfalls caused by the refraction of light against the mist
caused by thundering waters.

6. Iguazu's surrounding forest is home to the opossum, he only marsupial that is found outside Australia.

7. The rainy season of November through March sees a surge in the waterfalls water that can go to as high as 450,000 cubic feet per second.

8. There is a point in the water falls that an observer can stand and get enveloped by about 260 degrees of waterfalls.

9. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, upon seeing the Iguazu Waterfalls felt pity on the American Waterfalls called the Niagara. She said, "Poor Niagara".

10. The best time to see the waterfall is during spring and fall. The summers are extremely humid and hot and during the winters, the waters will have receded. Taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River, Iguazú Falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left yet another large crack in the earth. During the rainy season of November - March, the rate of flow of water going over the falls may reach 450,000 cubic feet (12,750 cubic m) per second.
These matter of fact details do nothing to describe the grandeur of the falls, the tremendous amount of water (an average of 553 cubic feet per second) thundering down 269 feet, the tropical location and the sheer beauty that led Eleanor Roosevelt to say Poor Niagara. Four times the width of Niagara Falls, Iguazu Falls are divided by various islands into separate waterfalls. One of the best known is Devil's Throat, or Gargantua del Diablo with its perpetual spray high over the falls. Other notable falls are the San Martin, Bossetti, and Bernabe Mendez.