Iguazu Falls

When you think of South America, the first thing that comes to you is Machu Picchu (or favelas), but as I get deeper into my trip I’m convinced that Machu Picchu is popular for only one reason: it’s entire essence can be captured in one easily digestible photograph. It’s popular because of marketing. Pompeii is a far more interesting ruin but it’s a complex site that doesn’t have that money photograph.

You’ve probably never heard of Iguazu Falls, but it’s the Niagra Falls of South America. Waterfalls are waterfalls, but this beats stone ruins any day.

Iguazu Falls I

Igauzu Falls II

The Devil's Throat

I uploaded a bunch of other photos this month.

13 Comments

  1. Lemmonex January 10, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Most things that are popular are because of marketing… I need someone to tell me what to think.

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  2. Sudamericana January 10, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Which side of the falls were you in, Argentine or Brazilian? Until some time ago – and I concur based on the times I was there- what most people said is that the Argentine side had better views, but the Brazilian one had better tourism infrastructure. The infrastructure bit (I am talking mostly about better and cheaper hotels,etc.) might have changed over the years. The Jesuit ruins were interesting too.

  3. D January 10, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Those photos are amazing, I didn’t realize that the world was so beautiful. your living the dream man l-i-v-i-n

  4. irina January 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    GORGEOUS

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  5. doo doo brown January 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I can see how riding the train to Machu Picchu and schlepping around with scores of other tourists can be seen as overrated. But as someone that hiked the Inca Trail for 4 days and stood at the Sun Gate for the sunrise of Macchu Picchu, it was definitely an amazing experience. Macchu Picchu was interesting – but the journey there was even more amazing.

  6. Beach Bum January 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Actually sudamericana got the information wrong. The better view is from the Brazilian side, because most of the falls are on the Argentinian side. Not sure of the infrastructure though.

    I haven’t been to Iguaçu Falls (as we call them in Portuguese), since early 90’s, but been there a few times growing up — I love it though. Plus there were always the most amazing assortment of butterflies around — of every color and pattern!!

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  7. Beach Bum January 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    By the way, my guess is that you’re on the Argentina side — if I remember correctly, my pictures of the devil’s throat is the other way around!

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  8. Rajia January 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    NiagAra falls. 🙂

  9. Sudamericana January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for clarifying Beach Bum. I actually saw them from both sides, but this was too long ago to remember the difference! I remember there was some Argentine pride involved in what I had heard, so most probably what I had been told was that the best falls belonged to Argentina. Thus, your comment on best seeing them from the Brazilian side is in line with that. I think I just got it mixed up. Anyway, I was mainly aiming to get an objective opinion, to check if we actually had the best or most falls, or if this was just another example of Argentine arrogance!!

  10. Roosh January 10, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    The pictures are from the Argentine side. Word is Brazil gives a better “overall view,” but if you want to get splashed with water and hear the the thunder, the Argentine side it is.

    I’m in Foz do iguazu (brazil side) after escaping from asuncion. Not sure if i need to see the falls again.

  11. Tater Salad January 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I visited Iguazu in HS with my parents on one of our adventure summer vacations. I still have the video of us in the boat near the falls set to the music of “The Mission” (Movie filmed in and around the falls)