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The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World: Las Cataratas del Iguazú

Updated on January 10, 2012

If you ever find yourself in the southern half of South America, I highly recommend making an effort to visit Iguazú Falls. At the point where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina all come together is a series of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. I have been fortunate enough to visit these falls twice, and I would gladly go to view them numerous more times. It is definitely a sight to behold, and one that will never get old.

For those of you who have been to Niagra Falls, they aren’t even in the same category. I have seen both, and Iguazú would laugh in the face of Niagra. Yes, Niagra is impressive (if compared to your bathroom shower). Okay so I may be exaggerating and blowing things out of proportion a little bit, but Iguazú is simply amazing. Unlike other famous, large waterfalls, Iguazú is not one, individual fall. It is a series of around 275 waterfalls that span the distance of over a mile and a half.

Mere words will never do justice to the incredible display of water that can be seen when actually visiting the Iguazú Falls. Since the falls are at the border of where three countries come together, they are shared. The beautiful part about this is that they can be viewed from the Brazilian side or the Argentinian side. While I have only seen the falls from the Brazilian side, it is a unique opportunity to be able to view Iguazú from multiple angles.

When viewing the falls from the Brazilian side, there is a pathway that leads along the side of the falls. Besides the intense beauty of the water, you are also immersed in the other nature: trees, flowers, butterflies, etc. The scenery is captivating. The pathway along the falls starts out at a higher elevation, which provides a large-scale view of the falls. Over the mile and a half, the path changes elevation to help provide the best views of the falls. There are catwalks that lead out over some of the falls, and you can hear the roar of the water as it passes beneath the boards you stand on. These are only for the adventurous who do not mind the shower of mist. For the brave, you can actually pay for a boat tour, which will take you out on the river at the bottom of the falls. I have never done this, but it is a possibility on one of my future endeavors.

The uniqueness of Iguazú Falls helps add to the overall beauty. While one massive waterfall is impressive to behold, 275 different falls clustered together is even more incredible. There are waterfalls at Iguazú that appear to be just a small trickle no more than a couple feet wide. There are some that appear to stretch up into the sky because the fall is so high. Other falls are extremely wide and stretch out like a curtain of water. The immense variety is truly breathtaking.


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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @Pamela - I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for the positive comments.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Your pictures are fantastic. I would love to visit that area. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @koffee - I'm so glad you were able to enjoy my pictures. View them again and again as much as you would like. Thanks for checking out my hub.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your waterfall pictures are breathtaking. I am bookmarking so I can visit them again and again. Up, beautiful, and amazing.

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      Joelipoo 6 years ago from Ohio

      @Cliff - Thanks. I hope you have the chance to see the waterfalls in person some day. My pictures do not do them justice. I'm so happy you could enjoy them.

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      Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

      Beautiful! I would definitely visit this wonderful place once I have the opportunity. Thank you for sharing. The pictures are breathtaking.

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      Joelipoo 6 years ago from Ohio

      @epi - thanks so much for your positive feed back. I really appreciate you sharing this as well. I'm so happy you could enjoy these photos.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...thank you so much for finding me and in turn that allowed me to find you as well and I am most glad I found this beautiful hub subject which will be posted to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - I was completely unaware of these waterfalls which is the beauty of a place like Hubpages - we can share and share alike and it truly does make the world a much smaller place - I live, by the way, not too far from a famous waterfall - Niagara Falls

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      Joelipoo 6 years ago from Ohio

      @ithabise - I hope you get the chance to visit Iguazu someday. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

      @Gypsy - It's an incredibly beautiful place. I'm glad I could give you a tour, but my pictures don't even do it justice. You have to be there to feel the mist and hear the roar of the water to truly appreciate everything.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Super waterfall! Such lovely surroundings. The pics made me feel like I was there. Thanks for giving a tour.

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      Michael S. 6 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Always--always--wanted to visit Iguazu. Thanks for these beautiful photos.

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      Joelipoo 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks. These pictures are actually all the way from back in 2006. The water is very low compared to the first time I went. I know that's hard to imagine there actually being more water!

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      TeacherCaro 6 years ago from Venado Tuerto,Sta Fe, Argentina

      Really amazing!!!

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      dinkan53 6 years ago from India

      What an amazing waterfall and images very well chosen. Enjoyed the pictures, thanks for sharing.

      Rated up and beautiful!