A Tale of two falls, from Victoria to Iguazu

By January 10, 2013Fujifilm X-Pro1, RTW, Travel
Brazilian side of Iguazu falls

The Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls offers a panoramic view, albeit from a little further away than I would have liked

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The view from across the border in Argentina

We trudged along in the 35 degree (or 95 Farenheit for my readers in the New World) heat, sweating buckets and fending off mozzies hovering around our heads. The liberal coating of insect repellent on my arms and neck seemingly doing little to deter the flying pests from having their meal at my expense. The roar from behind the trees was unmistakable and quite familiar, considering we had just visited Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe just a month prior. We pushed ahead just a little further and a vista of utmost grandeur opened up before us. Split into 275 discrete falls, Iguazu (or Iguaçu in Brazil) is unsurprisingly named as one of the 7 wonders of the natural world. Stretching for over 2.7km (1.7 miles), its hard to imagine the amount of water crashing over the edge every second, throwing up a huge mist and forming rainbows all around. It was a spectacular sight, even the thronging hordes of shutter-happy tourists jostling for picture taking positions did little to take away the wonderment of the scene.

Located at the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay (although Paraguay has no access to the falls), the Falls can be visited from either side. The Brazilian side at the bottom of the falls offering a more panoramic vista and the Argentinian side at the top of the falls takes you up close and personal (and wet).

I know the comparison is somewhat unfair, due to the fact that we visited Victoria Falls during the dry season when the flow was much reduced, but Iguazu Falls is just that bit more impressive, surrounding one on three sides at the main portion of the falls, Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), soaking all and sundry. The main portion of Victoria Falls is also curiously named Devil’s Cataract. I got thinking that perhaps the sight of such a powerful and potentially lethal force of nature must have led the people who originally discovered the falls to conclude that it had to be the work of a (somewhat ominous) supernatural force.

From Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil to Puerto Iguazu, we crossed into Argentina.

Also, check out my photos and thoughts from my visit to Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border in Africa, another spectacular natural wonder.

 

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The catwalk takes visitors closer

iguazu argentina top of the falls

An unmistakable rumble of crashing water greets you as you approach Devil’s Throat

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The Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls takes visitors right to the edge of the crashing water

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Calm waters belie the spectacle ahead

I left my job as an advertising Creative Director in August 2012 to travel Africa and South America for a year with my wife, documenting these beautiful places with my Fuji X-Pro1. View the rest of my RTW adventures on Handcarry Only and follow me on my journey by subscribing/following/bookmarking.