Iguaçu Falls

iguazu-falls-waterfall-island 2The Iguaçu Falls lies on the border between Argentina and Brazil in South America.  The falls divide the Iguaçu River into the upper and lower sections.  While the river itself flows through Brazil for the majority of its course, the largest share of the falls lies in Argentina.  Named Big Water in Guarani/Tupi, legend serves that a god (unknown) sliced the river in half at the falls while pursuing a beautiful woman named Naipi and her mortal lover Taroba.

While the San Martin Island located at the falls is open to the majority of tourists, another “island” exists within the falls.   While little more than a rock formation, this secluded location is cut off from the outside world by mist and the sound of rushing water.   The vegetation is subtropical and green for most if not all of the year.   The site is rich in the diverse bird species with roughly half of Argentina’s species being found in an around the falls.  The area, which is also a reserve, is home to endangered or threatened species such as the jaguar and ocelot.  While not quiet, the serne area offers chances at meditaition and reflection. 

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