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Iguaz˙ Falls Walkway

Iguaz˙ Falls, called Foz do Iguašu in Portuguese, and Cataratas del Iguaz˙ in Spanish, lie on the Argentina/Brazil border and are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Each side offers unique views. From Brazil, visitors enjoy a complete panorama of the falls, while the trails in Argentina allow visitors to see the falls close-up.

A volcanic eruption which left a large crack in the earth resulted in the creation of Iguaz˙ falls. Taller than Niagara Falls, the most powerful falls in North America, and twice as wide as Niagara, the 275 cascades of Iguaz˙ Falls spread in a horse shoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguaz˙ River. These falls have a flow capacity equal to three times that of Niagara Falls.

The name of the falls comes from the GuaranÝ word for "great water." ┴lvar N˙˝ez Cabeza de Vaca was the first Spanish explorer to see the falls in 1541. The great power of the falls was not fully utilized until the construction of the huge Itaipu hydroelectric power plant built jointly by Paraguay and Brazil. The dam, completed in 1991, is one of the largest in the world. It provides almost 40% of the power for both Brazil and Argentina.

Walkways such as the one shown in my picture run along tiers of the falls allowing visitors to peer into the depths of the magnificent falls. See the view from the walkway in my workshop and watch for the rainbow in the second workshop.

Neither pictures nor words can adequately describe the grandeur of the falls, the sound of the tremendous amount of water thundering down, or their sheer beauty.

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Additional Photos by Betty Jones (BWJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 473 W: 0 N: 919] (3094)
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