Iguazú Waterfalls

Argentina and Brazil

I visited the waterfalls of Iguazu river in 2012, which is on the border of Brazil and Argentine. The river originates in the Serra do Mar mountains in Brazilian and it´s name means Great Water in Guaraní language. The waterfall is about 80 meter high and 2,700 meter wide.

In the surrounding subtropical rainforest are over 2,000 species of vascular plants, which have specialized tissues for conducting water, minerals, and photosynthetic products through the plant. The wildlife includes tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, caymans and jaguars, which name has Tupí–Guaraní origin. Almost half of Argentina’s bird species is found there.

The waterfalls are shared by the Iguazu National Park in Argentina and Iguaçu National Park in Brazil. The two parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Iguazu Falls have been featured in several movies, including:
  • Moonraker (1979) – A James Bond film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore.
  • The Mission (1986) – About Jesuit missionaries in 18th century South America. Written by Robert Bolt, directed by Roland Joffé, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons.
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) – Adventure science fiction film. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford.

 

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