Sounds Of Thunder
Foz do Iguacu Travel Blog› entry 12 of 28 › view all entries
According to a local legend that was long since forgotten by all except for a drunken old man at the end of the bar I just so happened to enter, the falls were created not by a large volcanic eruption leaving a major crack in the earth's surface, oh no do not be so silly...
He had a far more thrilling story.
After another whiskey or seven, he regaled me with the story of Naipi who was apparently a beautiful young girl who caught the fancy of a God nonetheless. Lucky girl you might think.
I think she was pretty hot. Like a god-ly level of hotness.
Apparently, being a young charismatic God with superhuman powers and the ability to grant her every desire was not enough for our young Naipi. Like most women. She ran off in a canoe down the Iguazu River with the local heart throb.
There's just no pleasing some women.
Sure enough, the God didn't like being made fun of by his other God friends. So he decided to unleash his anger.
A lot of lads have been in this position before. You give her all she could ever want, food on the table, enternal life, money to go shoping and all that stuff. What do you get in return?? She jumps on the closest canoe with the closest guy showing off his six pack... the story of my life...
So the God did what any of us would have done, he smote them and he smote them good.
He sliced the river in two and crushed the surroundings creating not 1 but 275 or so mighty waterfalls to stop their escape.
Its a good thing that all this happened as it gave me the excuse to visit this end of Brazil and make a trip over to Argentina for the day to check out the wonderous waterfalls in particular the Devils Throat with its awesome size and power.
Later I was to find out that the old drunk struggling to hang onto the side of the bar would be my driver for the falls in the morning. Safety first eh.
People often ask, which side of the falls should be seen, Brazil or Argentina. I always say, why not do both??
The Brazilian side is awe inspiring. You get up close and personal with the majority of the falls.
On the way to the Argentinian border, you can stop off at the Triple Frontera to stand nearby or as close as possible to where Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil meet in the middle of the river.
The Brazilian side of things is brilliant to see the amount of falls but the Argentinian side is mostly to see the colossal Devils Throat waterfall. I am admitedly a man afraid of heights and standing a top of this waterfall did not help.
The force of the spray rushing back up is even pretty powerful so you could imagine what it was like when young Naipi went over with her little canoe. I'm not saying she deserved it....I just don't know how to finish off that sentence...
After bearing witness to the dramatic falls, I headed to see the Itaipu Dam with a few people to see how these falls have been put to use and to power 40% of Brazil and Paraguay's electricity needs from the world's largest dam.
From the hostel where I stayed you could hear the faint roar of thunder in the background from the falls as if the God was still crying for the loss of the love of his heart....