Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 26, 2015: Iguazu Falls

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No matter how many waterfalls you have seen in your life, Iguazu Falls leave the most experienced travelers stunned. When you finally stand in front of “Garganta del Diablo” or Salto San Martin, all you can do is mumble words of excitement. These are, in our opinion, the most spectacular waterfalls in the world… Shared between Argentina and Brazil, the falls are set inside a 2.100 square kilometer National Park.

 

A few numbers may help to understand what makes them so impressive: the falls are “only” 80 meters high, but together are about 2 kilometers wide! The quantity of water falling down varies a lot depending on the season. When we were there, the flow was 1.750 cubic meters per second. But it can be much more! Apart from the falls, it is the setting - in the middle of the rain forest - that makes this place so magic. The River Iguazu splits up in many arms that consequently create a whole set of waterfalls, bigger or smaller ones. The most dramatic, “Garganta del Diablo” or “Devil’s Throat” is at the end of a gorge.

 

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