Foz de Iguazu
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One of the most magnificent waterfall sights in the world (and where the film "The Mission" was filmed). The spectacle of billions of litres of river water gushing over massive water falls, some 74m high, is a real "jaw dropper". The River Iguazu (Rio Iguaza) is the river that leads to the falls and has its source 19km upstream where the River Alto merges into it. The Rio Iguazu (meaning big) is then swelled by some 30 other rivers as it flows across a plateau and swirls around a number of islands before it opens up to a width of 4km. Continuing its downward journey it moves fast and furious over rapids for 3.5km until speed and gravity bring it thundering over a 74m high precipice of 270 separate water falls spanning 2,430m. One waterfall called the "Devils Throat", is set in a U-shaped vertical arc, measuring 150m in diameter and 700m in surface length, is accepted as the most impressive sight as well as straddling across the border division between Brazil and Argentina. A permanent mist hovers over the area and on both sides of the falls are national parks full of beautiful flora and fauna.
Two-thirds of the falls lie within Argentine territory and the other third in Brazil. The water of the lower Iguazu collects in a canyon that then drains into the Paraná River - a short distance downstream from the Itaipu Dam. The point at which all these water flows meet marks the border between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.
Most visitors reach the falls coming from the Argentine side through the city of Puerto Iguazú. However, visitors should be aware that Brazil and Paraguay require citizens from some countries to obtain entry visas, which is often time-consuming. For example, North American visitors from Argentina who want to cross over into Brazil to see the falls from that side need an entry visa to enter Brazil and this can mean having to visit the Brazilian consulate at the nearest city in Argentina, in person.
There are two international airports that service Iguassu Falls (one in Brazil and one in Argentina), although each is several km from the actual falls: the Brazilian Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) and the Argentine Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport (IGR).