Iguazu, Iguassu, Cataratas

How do you photograph something as enormous as Iguazu Falls? We think that the answer is – in small bits. The falls are so large and spread over such a huge area that it’s impossible to take one or even just two photographs.

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On the Argentinian side of the falls, there are about 8km of elevated steel walking platforms to view the many falls from different angles and heights – fantastic infrastructure which copes with the hoards of selfie-snapping tourists very well. Seriously, we reckon many people don’t realise that it is possible to take a photo of something grand without your own face in it! There is a small passenger train that transports people in groups of a couple of 100 at a time to two starting points for the walks. The weather was ‘Darwin build-up’ so we were lucky to have a rainy day on our day visiting the Argentinian side of the falls. We say ‘lucky’ because this meant that the temperature was conducive to walking in the rainforest, which is stiflingly hot if the sun is out. The falls are mesmerizing, in particular the Garganta del Diablo – The Devil’s Throat (the big one!). The immense amount of water coming over the falls at this point and the tremendous roar can’t be captured in a photo.

After a day at Iguazu Falls(Argentina), we crossed the border into Brazil at the town of Foz do Iguazu. The border crossing itself was worthy of its own post but this is not the time for that!

After a great sleep overnight, which included an almighty tropical storm, we headed off to see the falls from the Brazil side. The sun was out. It was hot. Visitors on this side are bussed in beautiful double decker open buses from the Visitors Centre to the start of the walking trail, a trip of about 25 minutes through dense rainforest. Again the infrastructure for walking and viewing is excellent and fortunately, most of the walkways are in the shade of beautiful trees that cling to the cliffs. On this side, you get a wider view of the falls and get to see the falls up close and personal – read wet! It’s well worth visiting both sides as it’s almost like two different places.

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  1. When I visited it was a rainy day. Lots of brown water resulting in a lot of spray came down the Garganta del diabolo. So I took a copy of some of your pics…

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    1. G’day Filiep, I’ll send you a copy of the originals if you like – the ones on the blog are downsized – very low resolution. You’re probably a bit confused with the route we’re taking – it’s ok so are we! We begin another run across Argentina tomorrow, through Salta to San Pedro de Atakama, then into Bolivia. At this rate we’ll have to speed up at some stage. Hope you’re well.
      Stewart

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