It is known as the largest waterfall in the world and is located deep in the heart of the Argentine jungle. It is one of the planet’s most spectacular marvels and it is called Iguaçu Falls.
A small path will lead an adventurous tourist from the luxuries of the Sheraton Hotel deep into the sub-tropical rainforest of Argentina. Continue on for another fifteen minutes and you begin to hear a sound, which starts as a soft rumble and grows to earth shattering proportions. Suddenly, you turn a corner and roaring right before you is mighty Iguaçu Falls.
Iguaçu Falls, a World Heritage site, is a seventy-two metre drop in the Iguaçu River and spans a total of four kilometres in length. In all, the falls are broken into 275 separate cascades, each with the power and thrust of a mini Niagara. Unlike Niagara Falls there are no wax museums, no casinos, no one walking a tightrope over a main street and not one souvenir shop to be found. Instead, visitors are exposed to natural wonders created for pure enjoyment.
The falls are located in a part of the South American jungle where three countries meet; Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Argentina offers the best overall perspective of the falls, but Brazil has confiscated an unsurpassed view. The most thorough way to visit this spectacle is to see it from both countries.
When I arrived in the Argentine town of Iguaçu (I referred to it as Argentinean, but was corrected several times) a short taxi ride took me to the Sheraton Hotel, located directly at the falls. A ‘falls view’ room will guarantee you a spectacular view of ‘Devil’s Throat’; a large curved section of cascading water similar in shape to Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls, but about three kilometres l