Iguazú Falls is one of the favorite excursions of our Argentina students! Curious to learn more about this natural wonder? If so, read on! (=
The name “Iguazú,” coming from the language of the Guarani people who inhabited the area, means “Big Water.” Declared a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO, cascades that make up Iguazú Falls are not only taller than Niagara Falls, they are also two times as wide!
Iguazú Falls is located within Iguazú National Park, near the borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.
The Legend of Iguazú Falls:
Not only is Iguazú Falls a beautiful natural wonder, but also has an epic legend! The legend is as follows: Many years ago, the people of Guarani would annually sacrifice a beautiful young woman to the God known as Mboi, by throwing her into the Iguazú River. One year, the beautiful woman chosen to be sacrificed was named Naipi. Naipi’s lover was a man named Taroba, and was devastated about the upcoming sacrifice. Taroba tried everything in his power to save Naipi from being sacrificed; however, was not successful at his attempt. As the sacrifical hour grew closer, the only thing Taroba could think of to do was kidnap Naipi by escaping via canoe down the Iguazú. Mboi was extremely angered to hear of Naipi’s kidnapping. So as revenge, the god sliced the Iguazú River, creating the falls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall!