Story: Hoang Phong

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, upon witnessing Iguazu Falls for the first time, reportedly exclaimed: “Poor Niagara!” The complex of Iguazu comprises 275 falls of various sizes, which form an inverse J straddling the borders of Brazil and Argentina. From the Argentina side, visitors can see a curtain of water over one kilometer long stretched over a basalt wall.

The most impressive falls of the Iguazu area are La Garganta del Diablo, Spanish for “the Devil’s Throat.” The Devil’s Throat is 82 meters high and 150 meters wide in the shape of a horseshoe. Standing at the end of the walkway and saw with our own eyes the endless torrents of water that, true to the name, seemed to be falling into a bottomless sucking void. Words cannot fully express the experience of being there to feel the soaking spray, to stand on the bank and look down while feeling vertigo, to hear the thunderous roar of the falling water shaking every bit of your body, to feel so small in the face of nature. The sheer volume of water creates an enormous floating cloud and changes the  weather patterns in the area.

And if you are lucky enough, like we were, to be at the falls on a sunny day, you may see a rainbow crossing the fierce water curtain.

Finally, don’t forget to take a high-speed canoe to go right through some of the falls. The sensation of rushing into the raging water was fantastic, and left another indelible memory of Iguazu.