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Iguaz˙ Falls spans two nations for spectacular views

By Greg Goodsell
March 29th, 2010
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Iguaz˙ Falls is a sweeping natural wonder that spans over 745 miles from Southern Brazil to the headwaters in the Serra do Mar. Countless tributaries along with 70 other waterfalls provides a breath-taking experience for the most hardened world traveler.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "You hear it before you see it. You feel it before you hear it, through the soles of your feet, in the chambers of your soul—a low rumble, the very ground thrumming beneath you. Step to the edge. A gust of wet wind. The earth falls away," National Geographic correspondent Jeff Rennicke says. "...this leap into the abyss."

Iguaz˙ Falls is not the world's tallest waterfall by any means. It is easily dwarfed by Niagara Falls.  According to Rennicke, the falls' main drawing power is in "immensity. During the rainy season, the lip of its two-and-a-half-mile crescent-shaped cliff is strung with ribbons of water like the strings of some immense harp. Some 275 cascades pour off the plateau and disappear into the gorge. Some plummet straight down 269-foot drops in unbroken plumes. Others dance their way down in glittering steps.

"Iguaz˙ is the beating heart of two national parks, one in Argentina and one belonging to Brazil. Both offer pathways that lead you to dozens of angles to view the falls. At each one there is the dance of rock, and water, and light. The air vibrates with sound. The forest drips. The rocks...drip. A fine net of mist drifts lightly against your face, your nose, your cheeks. Lick your lips. Taste the falls," says Rennicke.

For more information, you can log on to www.iguazuargentina.com/english/

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