The Rio IguaÃ§u arises in the coastal mountains of ParanÃ¡ and
Santa Catarina and snakes west for 370 miles (600km) before it
widens majestically and sweeps around a magnificent jungle stage,
plunging and crashing in tiered falls at the border with Argentina
and Paraguay. The Foz do IguaÃ§u (IguaÃ§u Falls) are over two miles
(3km) wide and 262ft (80m) high and their beauty is unsurpassed.
Their name, fittingly, comes from the Guarani Indian word meaning
'great waters'. The deep flowing waters of the river tumble down
275 falls (almost twice the height of Niagara Falls) the most
famous of which is Devils Throat on the Argentinian border,
dropping 230ft (70m). As well as taking in the stunning views,
visitors can enjoy kayaking and other watersports in the river. The
best time of year to visit is August to November, when there is
least risk of floodwaters hindering the approach to the catwalks.
The falls are surrounded by the IguaÃ§u National Park, a huge
sub-tropical rainforest cove
Transportation: The easiest way to get to the falls is by air, from Rio.
Alternatively, you can take a bus via Curitiba