Scenes  from the Cataratas de Iguazú,
Misiones Province, Argentina and  Brazil
All photos by
Jim Reynolds
The Cataratas de Iguazú are found on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Water from the Río Iguazú flows for hundreds of kilometers on top of the great Cretaceous flood basalts of the Paraná Basin. The two main lava flows end abruptly and the water tumbles nearly 120 m over the edge, just above the confluence with the Río Paraná. The river divides into numerous channels providing this dramatic scene in the middle of the vast jungle.

 
This photo was taken from the superb trail that goes down the cliff on the Argentine side of the river. All of the falls seen here are in Argentina.

 
Photomosaic of the falls at the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat from the Brazilian side. The international border runs up the middle of the river.

 
This scene, taken from the Brazilian side, shows the two distinct lava flows over which the cataracts fall.

 
This shot shows the falls on the Brazilian side as they cascade over the upper lava flow. The falls in the background are in Argentina on the other side of the Garganta del Diablo--marked by the white water obscured by the intervening vegetation. One of the highlights of any of the trails around the falls, but particularly in Brazil, is the amusement provided by numerous coatimundis playing on the trails or ganging up on tourists they suspect have food for them. These playful, gentle creatures are related to the raccoon and can be found as far north as the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

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