11.09.2009 - 13.09.2009 18 °C
The Iguazú Falls are a set of waterfalls on the border between Brasil and Argentina, at the tip of that bit of land which sticks out the northeast corner of Argentina. There are 275 distinct falls recognised, each of which seems to have its own name. Since the Guaíra Falls were drowned in 1982 to construct the Itaipú dam (see last blog entry), Iguazú has the greatest annual flow of any waterfall in the world.
That's a boat in the bottom of the shot: you can pay to go up close to the falls and get soaked.
The Argentinians have built a series of impressive walkways that allow visitors to walk along the top of the falls, and get right up to the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat), by far the largest and most impressive of the falls.
There were also platforms at the bottom of some of the falls. NB I was carrying my possessions in plastic bags to keep them dry, and wearing my companion's hat. I think some visitors were alarmed and thought I was a mad homeless person.
The day was mostly cloudy, but at one point the sun obligingly broke through the clouds for just a few minutes:
Meanwhile, the park is overrun with coatis, lovable-looking but quite vicious in their pursuit of any food that might be in your backpack. Or plastic carrier bags.