Mist rises in a cloud above the lush rainforest, and all sound is drowned out by a deafening roar. Step closer and peer over the precipice and your jaw will drop. For Iguazú is utterly spellbinding. One of the most gargantuan waterfalls on the planet, it dwarfs even the mighty Niagara, cascading in a relentless torrent. This is nature at its best and most awe-inspiring. No wonder its name means Big Water in the Guaraní Indian language.
Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, Iguazú’s 275 waterfalls plunge over a 250 foot cliff into what is known as the Devil’s Throat. They do this at a mind-blowing 6,000 cubic feet per second, creating in their wake a thick cloud of mist that rises like fire smoke.
Visitors get a truly immersive experience at Iguazú. A network of walkways weave across the tops of the falls, with platforms providing a knee-trembling view into the heart of the torrent. The falls are the crowning glory of the Argentine Iguazú National Park, a great swathe of subtropical rainforest inhabited by weird and wonderful indigenous wildlife. Oyikil Travel can arrange activities to suit all interests, from going in search of howler monkeys, capybaras and rainbow-colored birds, to leisurely kayaking the rivers, or even approaching the base of the falls from a fast boat. Whatever you choose, one thing is for certain; no one leaves Iguazú unmoved… or dry.