Thursday, February 05, 2009

Iguazu Falls - One of the Best

Leaving the cold climate of Patagonia, we landed at hot and humid Iguazu Falls one of Earth's great waterfalls. We visited on the Argentinian side this time. The falls are tremendous to witness and no one leaves unimpressed.


Looking up the channel of the Iguazu River to the Garganta del Diablo - translated as the Throat of the Devil. The spray is voluminous and partially blocks a full full of the falls.


Here is a close-up view of the lip of the falls. The power is immense.


Walks on the Argentinian side of the falls have many of these little cascades. I have visited the Brazilian side many times where most of the water is found.


We took a ride in one of these boats on the river. We had to put the cameras away for that one.


Shown is an aerial view of the falls from our jet with Argentian on the laft and Brazil on the right. Notice how wide the river is above the falls (about a mile) but how it drains into a very narrow channel (only 600 feet) below. The falls are eroding upstream and capturing a quite sluggish river. This happens very slowly at only about 3 feet every 1000 years.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos. Seeing Iguazu Falls for the first time evoked some of the same emotions as seeing the Grand Canyon the first time. The falls took my breath away. But, I couldn't believe we paid 30 bucks each to get drenched in the boat ride. I liked the butterflies and rainbows, too.

Judy

don marcos y dueƱa vanessa said...

We may get to join you there soon, Uncle Wayne. Check out our last post.

stlblew said...

A friend and I are going down to Brazil in 4 weeks and will be flying to Foz to visit Iguazu Falls. From there we'll be flying down to BA.

I love your aerial photo of the falls taken from the airplane. Can you recommend which side of the plane to sit on for the best view?

Also...Anonymous didn't seem too happy about paying $30 for the soaking boat ride up to the base of the falls. You commented that you also had gone on the boat ride. Is it something you'd recommend?