Iguacu or Iguazu, depending on which side of the Brazilian – Argentine border, is a must visit location due to the magnificent waterfalls, which can be viewed from both sides, and which have been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World.
Without doubt one of the highlights of the trip so far, the falls were breathtakingly beautiful. Judge for yourself in the following photos. We took a speed boat trip under the falls although we can’t post it until software has been developed to remove all of the expletives!
Amusingly, a number of people we met prior to going to Iguazu sheepishly recommended we visit the Parque das Aves (Aves means birds, not average), as if it were embarrassing to admit you’d enjoyed visiting a bird park. As it happens, with the exception of a toucan who mistook Nick’s foot for a snack, much to Lucy’s amusement, it was excellent. It is home to a huge array of different birds from across Brazil, including parrots, toucans, eagles, owls and flamingos. Birdtastic.
There was also time to visit the largest hydroelectric dam in the world…by power output. The guide was very quick to tell us the Three Gorges Dam in China, whilst being significantly larger in size, apparently produces less power as it keeps getting clogged up with silt. Hmmm. What we know for sure is that the completed dam created a lake of nearly 1,500km2, which took only 2 weeks to fill up, and provides 90% of Paraguay’s and 19% of Brazil’s power each year.
It is worth noting that, on crossing the border into Argentina, the food radically improved. Steak and wine o’clock.