Brazil facts & history in brief
Foz do Iguaçu is a large City near the
entrance to the park surrounding
the river and the spectacular falls.
Famous for the falls and many of the
inhabitants work or service the
Iguaçu Falls, a large horseshoe
shaped cataract carved in the River
Iguaçu, which surpasses the Niagara
Falls in Canada/U.S.A. and the Victoria
Falls in Zimbabwe in size, and is
one of the great natural wonders
of South America.
A spectacular series of nearly 300 (The number
varies with the seasons) individual falls
interspersed among rocky islands
along an escarpment of approximately
5 km long, each drop 60 m and more,
at the frontier between Brazil
and Argentina and Paraguay.
There are about
twenty major drops.
There are walkways over and
surrounding the falls in
the surrounding lush, semi-tropical
forest with many different rain forest
trees, orchids, bamboo, pine and palms.
A wide variety of birds and
butterflies are found everywhere
in this dense National Park.
The roar of
the falling waters and the mist
and rainbows above the falls can be heard
and seen from miles away.
On the Argentinean side and on the
Brazilian side as well you can walk
on miles long walkways over the
falls which provides a spectacular
view of Garganta do Diablo (Devil's
observation towers at the Santa
Maria and the Floriano Falls.
Most of the falls are on Argentinean
side, but they are best viewed from
the Brazilian side.
You can also take a boat tour or a
helicopter ride to see the Falls
Iguazu in Guarani language (The local
Indian Population) means
The crest of the falls is more
than 60 m high and the water
falls partly in a large double
drop or in a series of cataracts.
In the dry season two crescents
of water are formed, each 732 m wide; in the wet
season the two merge into
one vast fall nearly 5 km wide.
No words or
photos can do proper justice
to the Iguaçu Falls.
The river originates in
the Serra do Mar Mountains
and is joined by many tributaries on its way to
It joins the Parana River about 22 km to the southwest and
later receiving the Uruguay River
to form the estuary of the River Plate.
The Iguazu National Park in
Argentina and Iguaçu National Park in Brazil
together protect the Iguazu
Falls and about 2,300 square kilometres of
tropical rainforest around it.
Soon after our arrival at
the Airport we were accosted by
one of the agents (Bayardo Hornos)
of Four Tourist travel and a very
attractive picture of our sightseeing
trip was presented to us.
We were promised everything until we paid up.
In reality we ended up very unhappy
and feeling fiddled, cheated and
people have wide knowledge of
various countries visitors are likely to
They endear themselves to you by
praising your country and call you
by the nickname of your country,
(Kiwis in our case) also rattling
off numbers of people they dealt
with from your country etc.
promises and the unkept promises.
We were very interested to take the
trip, after all that's what we
came for, and the sales talk and promises
sound very good, but very soon
we got our first disappointment, he would
not accept our Visa (Cost too
much commission and rampant inflation, he
As New Zealanders we have to buy U.S.
dollars of which we only
had a limited supply, to last
another 6 weeks.
We were to go on a jungle
safari, a boat ride up to the falls,
(We did get these two and thoroughly
enjoyed it too) then we were to be
transferred to a regular free boat to
go to the island where another boat
would have taken us to the Devil's
Arriving at the landing we
were promised a video of our boat trip,
to be delivered to our hotel but
we never received that and we were told
the free boat to the island
was not running, neither did the boat to the
From the landing site now we had to
walk to catch a little
train to take us near the
walkway over the falls.
We got lost because the
people promised to meet us at
arranged places just weren't there.
over the falls was terrific,
Next day the
continuation of our tour was
just as troublesome.
I desperately wanted to
explore Foz do Iguacu, the Brazilian
Iguazu town, but our driver only give
us a glimpse of it, claiming we
had no time, but we had to spend 5 hours
at the Airport waiting
for our plane.
Iguazu town, our Hotel the Los
was reasonably priced and quiet adequate)
and the spectacle of the
falls were terrific.
Please be careful with the
choice of Tour companies, the many
unkept promises can be expensive and
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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