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Niagara doesn’t even come close, and Victoria Falls are quickly forgotten.

Both low and high level walkways thread their way deep into the subtropical rainforest as the thunderous sound of water crashes to the ground, 296 feet from above. Unforgettable panoramic views of more than 270 falls; cliffs and islands scattered in the shape of a horseshoe, and a fragile ecosystem home to some of the world’s most colorful and exotic birds.

I’ve just described Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls

Undoubtedly one of the most naturally spectacular sights in the world, Iguazu Falls is an imposing collection of waterfalls which straddles Brazil and northern Argentina.

The falls at Iguazu are 1.7 miles long, and 30% taller than Niagara, made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water flowing at up to 450,000 cubic feet (12,750 cubic m) per second.

Words cannot describe the experience of witnessing Iguazu Falls. Magnificent, spectacular, mesmerizing, immense; these all come close, though nothing will prepare you for the unbelievable experience itself.

Nothing I can say will prepare you for what it’s like soaking up the spray of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. You have to be there to truly appreciate it.

Visitors to the falls can view them via boat, boardwalk or helicopter, and with hundreds of falls there are literally thousands of spectacular views.

Here are just 15; hopefully they’re inspiring enough to get you on a plane!

Iguazu Falls.

Beautiful view from above Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls.

Hundreds of cascades of incredibly powerful water!

Iguazu Falls.

See all of those tiny people on the left? That could be you!

Iguazu Falls.

The sheer strength and power of the water is incredible.

Iguazu Falls.

Toucans present in the subtropical rain forest surrounding Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls.

Exotic wildlife present in the rainforest surrounding Iguazu Falls.

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One of 7 natural wonders of the world! Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls.

It takes your breath away. Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls.

A view of Iguazu Falls from above.  Take a helicopter to truly experience the falls!

Iguazu Falls.

Somewhere over the rainbow!

Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls from the Argentina side.

Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls. One of the most magnificent falls in the world.

Iguazu Falls.

Macaws spotted at Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls.

Macaw – Iguazu Falls.

So what are you waiting for?

Meg Jerrard is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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Photos provided by LAN Airlines. 

    24 Comments

  1. Hi Meg,

    Beautiful, and although the falls are stunning I dig the bird pictures just as much. I grew up in a parrot crazy household. We had 6 big parrots at one point so the shots above really vibe with me. The toucan snap is awesome; I recall seeing one from a distance in Monteverde, Costa Rica. What an experience. Even from far away, where we had a tough time spotting him with binoculars, it remains one of my more thrilling travel experience.

    I’m totally new to Iguazo Falls but they’ve been added to the list and I’ll enter the contest. Definitely worthy of a RT here. Thanks Meg. Signing off from Fiji.

    Ryan

    • Thanks Ryan! So glad you enjoyed the post and the photos.

      So cool that you grew up around so many birds! I love them to bits! Bird watching is a super hobby of ours, and when we get to travel places like South America it’s a thrill to be around so many different exotic species! Toucan is my favorite of course :D

      Hope you’re still having an amazing time in Fiji!!

      Meg xx

  2. Beautiful Pics! Hopefully one day I’ll win one of these awesome trips :)

    • Keeping our fingers crossed for you!

  3. Oh damn, why is this only for US residents? I’d love to go back, it’s one of the most amazing natural features I’ve ever seen. I’d have loved to spend more time. Iguazu is def the best waterfall in the world!

    • Will keep my eyes & ears open for other contests open to residents worldwide :)

  4. Gorgeous pictures and beautiful words as well! I’m heading to the Falls in January for the first time and this just has me even more excited.

    • Thanks Kellie! Super excited for your January trip! Will be following for all of your photos and updates!

  5. But, but, but I’m not a US resident and you’re showing this to ME?! I’m joking- but I’m still envious… such a beautiful place. I am a touch obsessed with waterfalls, too! My favourite so far has to be Gulfoss in Iceland :)

    • Gulfoss was one of our favorites in Iceland as well – so many amazing mystical falls in the one country there; loved it!! Will keep my eye out for comps open to everyone outside of the US as well!

  6. Argh, another contest not open to Canadians! Don’t worry, this happens all the time. :) I would LOVE to go there sometime, it’s been on my list for quite a while as I’m a big lover of waterfalls and this is like…the most epic of waterfalls! Good luck to everyone who enters! :)

    • Lol you could find a mailing address just over the border right!

    • Seems to be a sticking point for a few people! How about I’ll take you with me if I win :D

  7. I can’t wait to get to South America and see this for myself: top 5 of my list of things to see in the whole continent! I just wish the contest was open to Canadians :(

    • Maybe with a bit of pressure LAN will hold a Canadian comp as well!

    • Best of luck with the competition – perhaps you can win and head back again!

    • Thanks Mary! Best of luck in the competition!!

  8. Hi Meg

    Great shots.

    Its been 20 years since I’ve been there but I know that being there is the most amazing place…the sound of the water, the heat and freshness of the air.

    I must go back. Thanks for the reminder

    • Hi Cherie, so glad you enjoyed the photographs, and I’m glad we could take you on a trip down memory lane. I love remembering old trips – that’s the wonderful thing about travel – the trips last for a lifetime!

      I hope you have the opportunity to travel back soon. Best, Meg.

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