Iguazu Falls, Round 2

IMG_0624Have you ever been somewhere that is so breathtaking that it’s hard to come up with good descriptive words to convey what you experienced there? Iguazu Falls is one of those places.

Of course, it’s easy to tell you what it is. It’s a series of really wide waterfalls in the middle of the jungle. In fact, ‘Iguazu’ is derived from two Guarani words that mean ‘big’ and ‘water.’

The falls are taller than Niagara and, according to everyone who has been to both places, far more impressive.IMG_0615

The day we went to the falls, it was overcast and raining. At first, I was bummed out because I assumed sunshine would make for a much better view and experience. I’m pretty sure I was wrong.

Because of the rain, the falls were spilling water at 8 or 9 times their usual level. Mist, defying gravity, rose from the base of the falls like smoke. The vistas were just stunning. It’s really hard to capture in pictures what it’s like to actually be there, knowing you’re looking at one of the most magnificent natural places on Earth.

IMG_0626I did a lot of standing at the edge of the walkway, mouth agape, just looking and listening to the sounds of the water. (It’s quite loud, as you can tell in the video I posted previously).

After exploring all of the areas we were able to (some parts were closed due to such high water levels), we took a gran aventura (great adventure). First we rode a 4X4 through the forest (not really that cool) and heard about some animals of the jungle. At the end of that trip, we got into boats and got to ride as close as safely possible to the waterfalls. Epic.IMG_0622

This is absolutely a place to put on your list of things to see before you die. It’s just amazing. My meager explanation does not do it justice.

See the falls for yourself and see if you can describe them.

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One response to “Iguazu Falls, Round 2

  1. Dan

    Don’t you dare speak ill of Niagara falls ever again.

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