This is not your typical waterfall.

Andrea Romano
September 06, 2017

Before you can see Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina and Brazil, you'll hear it.

Even Niagara Falls can’t compete with the awesome power of Iguazu, where more than a million visitors per year arrive to see Mother Nature at work. Anyone who has been can tell you it's unlike any other waterfall on Earth.

At 262 feet high, Iguazu is the tallest of the waterfalls in the area known as the “Devil’s Throat” — a name that should give you a clue as to how amazing it is. The entire area has 275 cataract waterfalls that span an area as wide as 1.6 miles, depending on the season.

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Iguazu Falls are taller than Niagara's, and wider than the towering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

About 1.5 million liters of water flows through the falls every second, and depending on the time of the year, the rate of water flow can be as much as 13 million liters per second. That’s enough to fill five Olympic swimming pools, according to CNN.

As if panoramic views of the falls were not enough, there are pasarelas, or walkways, that take you out to the edge of, on top of, behind, and below the falls.

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Even though the falls are remote, they are relatively easy to get to: Travelers can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu, or from Rio de Janeiro to Foz de Iguacu. There are also buses that are very reasonably priced, although it's a long drive at about 18 hours from Buenos Aires. (Book the Super Cama if you're taking the bus.)

There are hotels on both the Brazilian and the Argentinian side, and both are about seven miles away from the falls. There are also transfers between the two countries to get the two distinct views of the falls (but be sure to check visa requirements before you go).

This definitely needs to be on your list of places to go before you die.

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