When we planned where we wanted to go during our 9-week stay to Argentina, Iguazu Falls wasn’t on our list. We reasoned that we’d seen Niagra Falls and that was good enough for us.
As the planning evolved, we found ourselves searching for a place with good birdwatching in an interesting area, and Iguazu was a natural fit. Finally, it was added to our list.
The National Park has a little open train shuttle to a boardwalk that crossed over water to reach the overlook at Devil’s Throat, possibly the most thrilling.
We zipped up our rainjackets on a sunny day, put up our hoods, and started to walk to a lookout at the base of one of the falls. A light mist became heavier rain, and soon sheets of water were coming down from one of the falls with such force, we stopped before we reached the railing and turned back. For a time, on that viewpoint, we stood alone in the rushing water.
The Falls on the Brazilian side are less extensive, and even though the views are from different angles and (we hear) well worth seeing, we decided to save our money and spend the rest of our time in Iguazu seeing birds.
How do the falls at Iguazu rank with all the others? According to a database that keeps records on the world’s waterfalls, “…Iguazú Falls is, in terms of sheer size, the largest waterfall on earth. Though not the most volumnous nor the tallest, the sheer power exhibited by the Iguazú River at these falls is second to none…. There was no question in our minds, Iguazú Falls is the best waterfall on the planet and there’s really nothing else that needs to be said.”
In hindsight we realize that Iguazu Falls deserved to be high on the list for our trip to Argentina. Our error has now been corrected.