Thunderously, massively, soakingly wet. That's the intense Iguazú Falls.
We stayed solidly in Argentina for our visit there, though it's possible to visit from Brazil, as well; the Argentines have a wonderful setup, with boardwalks allowing you above, below, and between the stunning falls.
From the highest point in the park, you look down into a crevasse filled with pounding tons and tons and TONS of water.
It's hard not to feel ebullient, even as the spray soaks your clothes (and your camera - though luckily both of ours seem to have survived).
There are hours of walking to be done here, and most of it is on easily accessible pathways. Of course, things can get a bit wet and slippery…
The Falls are enormous. They span an area twice as wide as Niagara, though this area isn't entirely unbroken Falls.
From Brazil, you can apparently get more of a panoramic view of the Falls; but the Argentine side held quite enough power and wonder for us!
Oh! And if you're insane, you can take a boat under and through the falls. Of course we went. Giant dry-bags are provided, thank cherubs, though I don't think I've EVER been so soaked!
The view from down in the water is marvelous, though. Riots of blue and white and green, and if you hadn't noticed in these pictures, there are rainbows everywhere when it's sunny because of the spray!
Though after we docked, I did feel like I'd need to wring my skin out.
There's wildlife at the Falls, too, beyond the tourists. Birds flit around, and if you wait patiently they might even do a birdie dance for you. (I dubbed this one the Eugene Levybird.)
And there are seemingly thousands of coati around; and really, really don't feed them!
They might try to get food from you anyway. Apparently they can get a bit aggressive if they think you've hidden tasty niblets about your person, but these particular guys seemed more curious than rapacious.
And, as staggering as the Falls themselves are,
That's how not wonderful the Argentine town of Puerto Iguazú is. You can get not so good hamburguesas completas there, and there are a couple of decent parillas at the market. But that's about it.
Don't let the disappointing town keep you away from the Falls, though. They are worth a spot high on the must-visit list of any traveler.