Iguazu Falls

Paraná, Brazil

Iguazu Falls
Photo: Martin St-Amant License: CC BY 3.0
Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentina province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu.

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Iguazu Falls

The name "Iguazu" comes from the Guarani or Tupi words "y", meaning "water", and "ûasú, meaning "big".

The first European to record the existence of the falls was the Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.

Iguazu Falls Categories

  • Bodies of Water

    Iguazu Falls are located where the Iguazu River tumbles over the edge of the Paraná Plateau, 23 kilometres (14 mi) upriver from the Iguazu's confluence with the Paraná River.[
  • World Heritage Site

    The Iguazu Falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil). The two parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, respectively.

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