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Forget Niagara, Visit Iguazu in South America!

- Hye Sung

What’s Iguazu Falls?
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Iguazu Falls are the waterfalls on the Iguazu River. They are located on the border of the Argentinean province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Most of the falls are on the Argentina side of the Iguazu River. The name “Iguazu” comes from the native languages of Guarani and Tupi as a combination of the words “big” and “water”. There are a few hundred smaller waterfalls along these falls with a number that fluctuates from 150 to 300, depending on the rainfall.

The falls are a breathtaking experience that can be overwhelming in the sweetest of ways. They overlook vast jungles and all you hear are hundreds of falls beating into the river. Apparently when Eleanor Roosevelt visited Iguazu Falls, she exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” Iguazu Falls is wider than Victoria Falls, which segregates Zambia from Zimbabwe in southern Africa, and much larger than the Niagara, to say the least.
Star-Crossed Lovers
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The Guarani people have a myth regarding the falls that is a classic tale of star-crossed lovers. A man named Taruba and a woman named Naipi were engaged and preparing for their wedding when the Serpent God catches sight of the woman and demands her to be sacrificed by being thrown in the river so that she may join him. In an attempt to escape the Serpent God and live happily ever after, Taruba decided to canoe Naipi to a faraway land. This god, son of the supreme God, caught them and raced after them consumed with anger and grew to the size of the river. Unable to catch up to them, he forced the earth to split, and the lovers fell into the cracks. Taruba was unconscious and landed on the embankment and Naipi was turned into large rock. Taruba woke up to the sight of his beloved being transformed into a rock and went to rush down to her, but the Serpent God forced his fingers to be stretched into the embankment and turn into roots. Taruba was transformed into a tree. These lovers were eternally condemned to live in such a condition, always seeing each other but never able to touch. They are still able to show their love by forming a rainbow together which stretches from the Brazilian side of the falls to the “rock of Naipi” in Argentina.
Make a trip!
 
The falls are a perfect abroad trip for the family. The Argentinean side is where you can see most of the falls, but if you make a trip to the falls, you can make it a chance to visit both Argentina and Brazil. And if you hang out on the Brazil side, and if you’re meat-friendly, make sure to visit a churrascaria!
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