Puerto Iguazu Travel Blog› entry 15 of 34 › view all entries
Iguazu Falls are often listed as one of the must do´s for South America and they did not disappoint. We spent a couple days on both the Argentina and Brazilian sides to ensure that everyone got their fill of the positive attitude that encompasses you due to the positive ions emitted by the falling masses of water. Iguazu is actually a collection of 275 individual falls along 3 kilometers of the Iguazu river. The most impressive portion is the Devil´s throat which is a 150 meter wide 700 meter long fall where unlike it´s peaceful counterparts the water appears to be angry because there is so much flow. This is definitely a must do. I would skip the 4x4 and boat tours if I was doing it again because walking around wetter than wet from been driven directly under a waterfall was not ideal.
One of the highlights of the area was the fantastic bird park where you could get up close and personal with all of the bright local birds as well as some large lizards.
While on the Brazilian some of us took a day trip to Paraguay to see one of the 7 civil wonders of the world. The largest power plant in the world was impressive on paper, in size, and with all of the construction records that were broken during its construction but the Itaipu dam is really not that much to look at. If ound it interesting because of the engineering side. The dam produces 14 GW of power which s supplies 93% and 25% of the total power consumed by Paraguay and Brazil respectively. All of this with just 20 Siemens Generators. May other people from the group went to the very cheap markets in Paraguay where you can pick up anything from an AK47 to toothpaste made in China. I did not get a chance to go because of the rain.