The Iguazu waterfalls are a system of up to two hundred and seventy two waterfalls that is shared by the countries Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. It is said that although about seventy percent of the Iguazu waterfalls is located in the Argentinean region, most of these falls face the Brazilian side. Since both parts offer some stunning views, a lot of tourists choose to see the Iguazu falls from walkways on both sides.
The Iguazu River or the Rio Iguazu originates in the mountains of Serra do Mar in Paraná in Brazil. The River flows along three countries (Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay) before flowing into South America’s second largest river- The Rio Paraná. The Iguazu waterfalls are formed in the 2.7 Km stretch where the Iguazu River drops from the Brazilian plateau onto a lower level. On an average, a volume of around 1500 cubic meters of water are said to pour down the Iguazu waterfalls every second.
According to the native Tupi myth, the Iguazu waterfalls were created by a God who struck the Iguazu River in rage and created a chasm for the water to flow into after learning about his lover’s betrayal. The first non- European to discover the Iguazu waterfalls was, however, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer, who came across the waterfalls in the year 1541. The eponymous Boselli (after whom one of the falls is named on the Argentinean part of the Iguazu Falls) is credited for having re-discovered the Iguazu Waterfalls in the late 1800s.