Iguassu Falls

picture of Iguassu Falls in BrazilNo tour to Brazil would be complete without a trip to the town of Foz do Iguacu home of the Iguassu falls. These falls which lie on the border separating Brazil and Argentina are not the largest in the world but they are wider than Victoria (over 2 miles) and higher than Niagara (260 feet).

Vantage points from each side afford quite a contrasting view as the Brazilian side exposes a grand panoramic overview while the Argentinean side allows a much closer and intimate sensory experience. Not to be missed, just up river from the falls sits one of the “Ten Modern Wonders of the World” the Itaipu Dam.

picture of Iguassu Falls in BrazilRequiring sixteen years to build, this collaboration of three countries has now assembled a behemoth of a structure which furnishes Brazil with 25% of its total power needs and Paraguay with over 78%. But simply being awestruck by mans and nature’s wonderment’s may not be enough for the more adventurous. If not, hang on while you repel down one of the basalt rock walls all the while enjoying the hair-raising view of the magnificent falls.

Once at the bottom hop aboard a raft and take a tour of the river. There is also rock and wall climbing from beginner to advanced, kayaking down the Ocoi river, or visit the Bird Park Sanctuary with almost 1000 birds flaunting their wings, colors and calls without the confinement of cages.