The cascade of Iguazu Falls is officially recognized as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and Niagara and Victoria, undoubtedly, fade before it. The waters of the Parana River, which separates Argentina and Brazil, washed their way in soft sediments, but the basalt barriers and islets remained unbreakable. They stretched 3 km downstream, forming a whole network of 275 channels, rapids, waterfalls and canyons. Both countries declared the nearby territory national parks and even named them the same – “Iguazu”.
Local Indians believe that long ago, the snake-god M’Boy desired the beautiful Naipi, who preferred the warrior Taroba to him. They fled and tried to cross the river, but the angry monster hit the bottom with a tail blow, dividing the lovers forever. It turned a young man into a high palm tree, a girl into a rock on the opposite bank. Now they touch each other only with a rainbow.
The most spectacular views are from the Brazilian side, although most of the cascade is from Argentina. Many waterfalls are given poetic names – “Adam and Eve”, “Leap of a Flower” (“Salt-Floriano”), “Two Sisters”, “Ramirez”, “Three Musketeers”. Crossing the border does not create any problems for Russian tourists, in both countries they can stay without visas for up to 90 days.
The most impressive sight is the famous “Devil’s Throat”: water breaks from a 82-meter-long vertical cliff into a horseshoe-shaped hollow above which the same rainbow shines. Tourists look into the raging abyss with cliffs hanging over it in a Brazilian park.
Bridges have been laid between the islands, observation platforms have been equipped, and the most daring tourists in rubber boats are brought very close to the waterfalls. There is a helipad in the Brazilian park, to admire all this splendor from a height is 200 USD.