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Devil’s Throat

In Iguassu National Park, at Devil's Throat, garganta del diablo, the Iguassu River falls into depths below with tremendous power producing a thick, tall cloud of misty spray and thundering sound. Devil’s Throat, said to be the largest of the falls in Iguassu Park, consists of 14 separate falls.

The remarkable Iguassu Falls are formed by a group of 275 interlinking cataracts up to 246 feet (75 meters) in height cascading over a 1.8 mile (3 kilometer) wide area. These falls were created by several layers of volcanic rock built up over 110 million years. Located between Brazil and Argentina, the falls are completely surrounded by parkland. The two parks, Brazil’s National Park and Argentina’s National Park, were created in 1939 and contain one of the largest tracts of Atlantic forest in South America.

Iguassu National Park is a delight for nature lovers. It protects distinct species of flora and fauna some at risk of extinction like the jaguar, the puma, the cayman, the red breasted parrot, the hawk, besides many other species. Impressive biological variability and varied ecosystems along with the rare beauty of the scenery around the waterfalls made the Iguassu National Park become the first Brazilian/Argentinean Environmental Protection Area to be declared part of the World Heritage List by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in1986.

The Guarani Indians called the falls Iguazú, meaning "great waters." They are truly magnificent!

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