Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina: Vacations and Travel Info
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself in the jungles of Argentina. Just a few miles away, a deafening roar breaks through the jungle's dense atmosphere. Curiosity drags you through the thick vegetation to discover the source of this mysterious, booming sound. Little by little, as you make your way between overpowering bushes and towering trees, the intensity of the sound continues to grow, mixing in with the song of the exotic birds, the chirps of unknown insects, the howls of wild animals and the scent of herbs and flowers mixed with wet earth.
The vibrations increase as your fear tells you to stay back, but curiosity takes over and pushes you onward. The sound becomes steadily deeper and more amplified with each step. You push the bushes aside and the path opens up. The sound is truly frightening, and you suddenly become aware of the trembling ground beneath your feet.
A clearing opens up ahead of you, bringing into view what you were looking for; you stop, astonished at what you see. You can't believe your eyes. You see more than 250 waterfalls, some towering at nearly 300 feet high, offering you a stunning view of one of the most sublime yet overpowering sights that man has ever seen: the Iguazu Falls.
A Brief History
This sensation was similar to what Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca experienced as he explored the jungles of the Amazon, in search of territories and civilizations to conquer. More than anything, he was in search of the mythical city of El Dorado. He was the first European to see the falls and tell the world about them. However, the first human settlements in the area date back more than 10,000 years.
Despite early discovery by Spanish explorers, it wasn't until the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century that the existing settlements transformed into modern cities. Before this, only a few Jesuit missions and native tribes had formed permanent settlements in the area.
Today, tourism is the primary source of income for this city, since the waterfalls are one of the most visited sites in South America. Many hotel chains, cabins and tourism complexes have been developed alongside the river. In recent years, quality residential developments have also been built on the shores of the Rio Parana, while obeying local environmental laws to preserve the area's natural resources.
The city of Puerto Iguazu, which sits on the border dividing Argentina from Paraguay and Brazil, shares its infrastructure with two neighboring cities: Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Foz do Iguazu (Brazil). This site is known as the Tri-Border. It's easy to travel from one city to another; you just have to cross the Tancredo Neves International Bridge in order to enjoy the distinct cultural characteristics of the neighboring countries. If you decide to make your way to Puerto Iguazu, you will experience rich culture, exciting activities, and some of the world's most amazing natural surroundings.
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