David & Geri The Smiths
  Missionaries to Londrina, Brazil 
Serving with Baptist Mid-Missions since 1987
Victory Baptist Church in Londrina

Iguazu Falls
Overhead view of a small part of Iguazu Falls Devil's Throat at Iguazu Falls in Argentina One distance view of part of Iguazu Falls
Distant view of many of the falls making up Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is a series of 275 waterfalls along 1.8 miles of the Iguazu River. The largest of these falls is the Devil's Throat. Iguazu Falls separates Paraná, Brazil and Misiones, Argentina. The actual border between the 2 countries runs through the Devil’s Throat (part of Iguazu Falls). The Iguazu Falls is second in size only to Victoria Falls (located between Zambia and Zimbabwe). The average height of the water falls is 210 ft. with its largest being 269 ft.

Two-thirds of the flow of the Iguazu River flows over Devil’s Throat.  Fourteen waterfalls make make up the Devil's Throat. Mist from this fall rises anywhere from 100 to 500 ft. When water levels are lower the shelf that the Devil’s Throat flows over is visible. When flow is high, the mist is so heavy that one cannot even tell that a shelf exists.

Drought greatly affects the falls. During dry seasons, many individual waterfalls can be seen along the path. During rainy season, many overflow their natural outlets forming larger falls. 

Although the area around the falls was inhabited by the Guarani Indians, it was first discovered by Europeans in 1541. The word Iguazu comes from the Guarani language and means “great water.”

14 miles below the falls is the Itaipu Dam, constucted by Brazil and Paraguay.  

Distant view of several of the falls at Iguazu Falls
View of approach to Devil's Throat
Looking down Devil's Throat falls panorama of some of Iguazu Falls Both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the falls are national parks and therefore protected areas. There are many types of wildlife in the parks and surrounding areas. It is very uncommon to travel to either park and not see coati, Brazilian aardvarks, roaming the pathways searching for handouts. Prego monkeys are also among the wildlike in the parks, as well as toucans, anteaters, spotted jaguar, and many species of butterflies.





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