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Iguazu Falls
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Owner description: The Iguazu National Park was created in 1934, with approximately 67,620 hectares/167,091 acres was declared "Natural Heritage to the Humanity" by the UNESCO in 1984 due to its scenic beauties and to the great biological diversity of the subtropical forest. This natural sanctuary, was declareted new 7 wonder of the world in 11/11/11. The Iguazu Falls are located in the Argentina's northeaster corner, bestowed with benevolent rains and temperatures (15ºC/59°F average in Winter and 30ºC/ 86°F average in Summer) brings about a very humid atmosphere almost windless due to the leafy vegetation canopy. The Iguazu river has a total extension of 1320 km/ 820 miles until flowing into the Parana River, 23 km/ 14 miles after the waterfalls. Inside the National Park, the river widens to about 1500 meters/ 0.9 miles and turns south, next it turns north, in the shape of a wide "U" where the river mouth presents the abrupt slump of soil which conforms the cataratas: a magnificent waterfall. All along the above mentioned prominent curve, a proliferation of reefs, islets and prolonged islands provoke the fragmentation of the river in numerous branches. When the river reaches the cliff, each branch becomes a waterfall and together comprise the great Iguazu Waterfalls. The Iguazu Falls appear grandiose and majestic in the Misiones forest dazzling visitors from all over the world. In celebration of all this beauty and unique attraction as from July 2001, a new concept of ecological tourism has been implemented within the Iguazu National Park, with an investment of 25 million dollars and service and facilities according to the international tourist demands, prioritizing at the same time the Park's care and preservation, a sample of the Paranaense Subtropical Forest declared Natural Heritage to the Humanity" by the UNESCO in 1984. The fundamental objectives of this enterprise are the recover and conservation of the Waterfall Area, and the incentive to the present and future generations to renew the legendary admiration arisen by this wonderful masterpiece of nature. Today, our visitors can enjoy safe and modern walkways from start to finish of the impressive falls and the Upper and Lower Circuits and the Devil's Throat, and facilities according to the natural environment such as the new Visitor Center and the alternative transportation of the Ecological Forest Train, which complies with international policies of accessibility and preservation of the World Union for Nature Conservation.
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“MInd-boggling Cataracts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

No other waterfalls comes close to this. Grandeur - the sight from the Brazilian and the Argentinian sides are stupendous. The boat ride is a must! Do spend the money and get the video of you enjoying the falls - a wonderful keepsake.

Visited December 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

It´s a place where you will find pure nature and adventure. The park is big so you should go with time and desire to walk much. The park is divided in three sectors of walkways, each one enjoying different way. Food in the park isn't cheap, if I were you, I would bring my own bottle of water because it is very expensive inside the park. It's important to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Surely you get a little wet during the ride, but it's really funny!!!! For the more courageous, don't miss the "Gran Aventura" tour!!!!

Visited November 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

Lots of walking but worth it and the beauty and power is incredible- A MUST place to visit in your life

Visited November 2013
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“Just amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful day at the park. Definitely do the boat trip close to the falls, it's really nice. Unfortunately it was a little cloudy when we reached the top but still it's beautiful.

Visited November 2013
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“Cataracts and Devil's Throats: South American Waterworld!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

From the hotel in Puerto Iguazu, our tour got an early start to the Falls area. Very many visitors lining up at the entrance - international, nationals (Portenos & from elsewhere in the country), school groups. Inside the national park, our guide gets us to by-pass the train waiting there & walk a couple of kilometres to the second train station. By getting there before the first train arrived at station # 2 this ensured that we’d be in the first train to arrive at the Falls. Good, but I was left wondering WHY, a) there wasn’t more trains scheduled seeing that Iguazu was a world-class highlight on the global tourism calendar, & b) train # 1, instead of terminating at station # 2, didn’t just go straight through to the Falls, considering that both trains left from the same track! To me, that would be the logical way to operate it! Iguazu is divisible into two parts, the Cataracts and the Gorge. We started at the Gorge first, El Diablo Garganta. From the Gorge entrada, we still needed to walk almost 1200 metres on a linear footbridge to the actual 'Devil's Throat'. As you get closer to the throat, the roar of the powerful waters gets louder and louder and a couple of hundred metres away, the spray shooting up from El Diablo can be seen. When you finally get there, it is worth it, 100 per cent! At the edge of the waterfall, the catwalk bends round into a U-shape (more accurately fork-shaped) to maximize the number of people that can view the waterfall from point-blank range. The viewing platform extends out over the edge of the land, so that anyone standing on it cannot avoid getting a decent old drenching! Ponchos are definitely the preferred fashion garb at the Throat! Standing on the footbridge, trying to look and take photos & videos at the same time, you get the sense of all that cascading power, the spectacle was quite mesmerising. Later we explored the multiple, other reaches of the Falls, walking on the National Park's upper & lower trails, the Paseo Superior & the Paseo Inferior. This gives you a different viewpoint of the Cataracts and lots more photo opportunities. Plenty of flora (in a broad, dense jungle) & fauna around, including dazzlingly beautiful & unusual butterflies & cute long-nose raccoons. As 80 per cent of the Waterfalls are on the Argentinian side of the river, the best panoramic views tend to be from the Brazilian side or from the river itself. So, I elected for the optional speedboat ride (Macuco Safari Boat Ride) under the waterfalls itself, which was a great thrill. Be forewarned though that YOU WILL get drenched by the falls & from the action of the boat rapidly swerving from side to side (make note to bring or wear swimmers on the tour). Kiosk was not great in the selection of its food & (predictably) overpriced.

Visited October 2013
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