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5 September 2016 / leggypeggy

Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side

Outlook over Iguazu Falls

A catwalk out to the falls

Stretch of Iguazu Falls

A lot of water on the Brazilian side, even if it has the smaller flow

My mother travelled quite a bit in her later years. Cruises with her mother in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, trips to visit us in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and a journey to South America.

With all those travels, she decided she had two most favourite tourist destinations—the places she thought the most scenic and rewarding. One was the impressive archaeological site of Ephesus in Turkey and the other was the magnificent Iguazu Falls that straddle Argentina and Brazil.

Iguazu Falls viewed from Brazil

Looking at a stretch of the falls on the Argentine side

Mum saw the falls from the Argentine side, which I have already written about. We’ve been lucky enough to see them from both countries on our travels with Oasis Overland.

People still debate whether the view is more spectacular from Argentina or Brazil. I’m sort of on the fence.

Iguazu Falls are located where the Iguazu River tumbles over the edge of the Paraná Plateau. In terms of area, it is the largest waterfall system in the world. It is 2.7 kilometres long and arranged in a way that resembles a reversed letter ‘J’.

The border between Brazil and Argentina runs through the U-shaped Devil’s Throat, which is something like 1000 football fields in size (if I did the calculations right).

Most of falls (80 per cent) lie on the Argentine side. It’s easier to get up close and personal on that side. The catwalks are longer and get you closer to the famous Devil’s Throat and the San Martin Island. Plus there’s a boat that takes you near to the fall, where you can be guaranteed to get wet.

Iguazu Falls viewed from Brazil

The falls stretch for 2.7 kilometres with 80 per cent in Argentina

But the Brazilian side has a lot going for it. That side, which we visited second, is more compact. But it gave us great views of the large expanse of Argentine falls and another catwalk that got us really close to the Devil’s Throat.

There was also an option for a helicopter ride over the falls. I suppose it’s not really environmentally sound, but I did it anyway (at Poor John’s urging). My dad was a pilot and I suppose he’d be cross if I passed up any opportunity to fly. I’ll post about that soon.

But overall, I’d have to say that the view from the Argentine side is probably marginally more spectacular, but I’d still do either again any time.

P.S. I’ll post the aerial pics soon because they have great views of the Devil’s Throat.

P.P.S. If all this water is making you thirsty, check out this typical Brazilian drink—caipirinha—on my cooking blog.

Multiple drops at Iguazu Falls

Parts of the falls are tiered

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  1. jeanleesworld / Sep 5 2016 9:30 pm

    Positively gorgeous, and how cool you have this place as a special bond with your mum! When I see your photos I have to remind myself just how vast and mysterious the world is; even the places we know have this other-worldliness to them, like they’re just stopping by in our mundane life to remind us there’s more to living than drive-thrus and Facebook. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 5 2016 9:36 pm

      You have such great insights Jean. My mother died 18 years ago and I feel especially blessed that I have seen the two places she cherished most (besides home—she was a real homebody).

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  2. Vicki / Sep 5 2016 9:33 pm

    Stunning falls is all I can say. I love the 2 tiers (of water) – makes it much more interesting than a single fall of water.

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  3. onecreativefamily / Sep 5 2016 9:57 pm

    How wonderful to be able to walk in your mother’s footsteps. Your photo’s would be beautiful hanging on a wall.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 5 2016 10:02 pm

      It was very special to see the falls through her eyes. Not sure how I could choose a photo to hang. I’ll think about it. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

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  4. spearfruit / Sep 5 2016 10:19 pm

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful Peggy!

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  5. ralietravels / Sep 5 2016 10:30 pm

    I think Alie would agree with your Mum on the two favorite sites. We loved the falls but did not get to the Brazilian side [is my envy showing?] And I don’t think my post on the falls included a picture of me pushing a wheelchair out to the Devils Throat wearing a hotel shower cap to protect my hearing aids — I looked ridiculous, but it was worth it.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 5 2016 10:47 pm

      Oh my goodness, you gave me the best laugh of today. If I’d been there with my mum, I’d have probably been pushing her in a wheelchair. She couldn’t always walk far, but she’d still go.

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  6. Heather Sjoberg / Sep 5 2016 10:51 pm

    think that your mother and I would have gotten along well. Ephesus and Iguazu!

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  7. lorriedeck / Sep 6 2016 12:35 am

    Gorgeous photos; can’t wait to see the helicopter ones!

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  8. beetleypete / Sep 6 2016 2:01 am

    I have never seen any natural sight to compare with these falls, Peggy. I am suitably envious, and happy that you are able to show them to us.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 6 2016 8:21 am

      They are so impressive. No wonder they made it into my mum’s Top Two.

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  9. Susanne / Sep 6 2016 8:15 am

    Wow! Makes Niagara Falls look limp. Someday….

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 6 2016 8:23 am

      Yes, Niagara is tiny in comparison. Hope you get to see Iguazu someday.

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  10. maureenrose7 / Sep 6 2016 9:33 am

    Incredible! I might laugh and cry at the same time standing there taking those photos! What a nice story and fantastic pictures!

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  11. Alison and Don / Sep 6 2016 9:38 am

    Iguazu is magnificent isn’t it. I’ve been to both sides too but about 35 years apart so I don’t remember the Brazilian side too much. What I do remember is taking a boat across the top of the falls and stopping off at a little island in the middle and looking down over the falls from there. It looks possibly like it was where that walkway is now in your opening shot. It was a little row boat with an outboard. If that engine had failed we’d have had no chance. I can’t remember if I actually thought about that at the time or not. The other thing I remember is the butterflies. We visited the Argentinian side about 3 years ago, and yes, we went in that boat and got wet. Very wet.
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 6 2016 11:32 am

      I truly cannot imagine going above the falls in a row boat. Obviously you did it when you were still invincible. 🙂

      I did a post on the butterflies at Iguazu, and a publishing company chose one pic to use on a cover of a book. I should do a post about that.

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      • Alison and Don / Sep 6 2016 12:02 pm

        Oh yes! You should write a post about that. Congratulations.
        And yes I was still young and invincible 🙂
        A.

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 6 2016 12:36 pm

        Thanks.

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  12. theadventuresofadayhiker / Sep 6 2016 12:21 pm

    Simply amazing.

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  13. Daal / Sep 6 2016 2:19 pm

    Wow! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  14. voulaah / Sep 6 2016 4:05 pm

    Absolutely wonderful
    Thank you so much for sharing these pictures Peggy
    Kisses

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  15. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Sep 6 2016 6:07 pm

    You’re following your mum and her mum – what a family legacy! These are such spectacular falls – I would so love to see them in person. But your photos are wonderful – thank you.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 6 2016 8:53 pm

      So glad you’ve enjoyed the photos. The falls are thrilling and I hope you get the chance to visit someday.

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  16. Eamon / Sep 6 2016 6:08 pm

    Hi Peggy, yes the Iguazu Falls are very spectacular. The boat trip underneath was mind-blowing.
    By the way, if yourself and John would like to revisit your Mums trip to Ephesus please remember that I have an apartment near Bodrum in which you are very welcome to stay. Bodrum is about 2 1/2 hours by car from Ephesus. A nice drive or you could get a coach. Just let me know. You would both be very welcome.
    Best regards
    Eamon

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 6 2016 9:04 pm

      Hi Eamon, what a kind offer. One of these days we’ll get back to Turkey and we’ll be sure to let you know when that is. And, of course, you and the family are always welcome in Australia.

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  17. The Year I Touched My Toes / Sep 6 2016 8:46 pm

    Peggy, Iguazu Falls are such an amazing place. From memory, (we were there in 1998) both sides had advantages. Like Alison, I remember all the beautiful butterflies. We went there for a long weekend from Buenos Aires where we living at the time. Our two young daughters loved it. We also visited the bird sanctuary on the Brazillian side and walked through a huge aviary with mawcaws and hummingbirds.
    I agree with Sharon above amazing that three generations have been there.
    Louise

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 6 2016 8:59 pm

      I bet your daughters still cherish the wonderful memories of their visit to the falls and surrounds. We visited the bird sanctuary too and I’ll post about that soon.

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  18. Ana Teixeira / Sep 7 2016 8:32 am

    Conheço bem esse lugar! É realmente admirável! Suas todos fazem jus a tamanha beleza! Parabéns!

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 7 2016 1:38 pm

      Yes, these falls are so very beautiful. I’m glad you know them.

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      • Ana Teixeira / Sep 7 2016 1:45 pm

        Sou brasileira. Moro em São Paulo. Viajei para lá umas três vezes. Tenho
        Muito orgulho de tanta beleza pertencer ao meu país. Um abraço!

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 7 2016 1:49 pm

        Brazil is a beautiful country and my three favourite places were Iguazu, the Pantanal and Ouro Preto, but I really loved it all.

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  19. adventuredawgs / Sep 8 2016 2:21 am

    Wow!

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  20. Love Served Daily / Sep 8 2016 12:46 pm

    Beautiful

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  21. milliethom / Sep 11 2016 5:19 am

    They’re impressive looking falls whichever side you view them from – which I’m saying from looking at your great photos. I wish I could say I’d been there myself! Lovely story about your mum and her travels and happy memories fr you.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 11 2016 6:53 pm

      Mum died 18 years ago, so it really was special to visit a place so loved by her.

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  22. findingnyc / Sep 11 2016 9:47 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen photos of the Iguazu Falls before. How spectacular! And any travel that is tied to good memories is extra special. Thanks for sharing your memories (and photos) with us, Peggy. Best, Susan

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  23. girlandworld / Sep 15 2016 11:43 pm

    Enjoyed ur post throughly

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  24. Jane / Sep 17 2016 2:58 pm

    I looked at your most recent post pics of the falls first, but these are fantastic too. I love those tiers. I’m glad you’ve been there to share the pics as many of us will never get a chance to go. Thanks! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 17 2016 4:42 pm

      I love sharing the pics and stories, and really appreciate the fact that so many people come along with me.

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  25. Curious to the Max / Sep 18 2016 11:48 am

    These are wonderful. Thanks for the trip!!!

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  26. Okoto Enigma / Sep 29 2016 9:12 pm

    This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! It is marvellous! Nature sure is beautiful. You’re so lucky to have seen this Peggy. It’s exquisite.
    http://okotoenigma.wordpress.com

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 29 2016 10:31 pm

      I know we are very lucky to have seen this amazing and massive waterfall. Glad you liked it too.

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  27. Michelle / Feb 19 2017 8:06 am

    I’m going to Brazil in May, and I’m planning to see the falls from that side. These photos make me so excited!

    https://taratravelogue.wordpress.com/

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