Wow. That was my first impression of the Iguazu falls and I assume probably of everyone else who has ever visited them.
Even with all the facts and figures to hand (it’s four times as tall and twice as wide as Niagara Falls, with 553 cubic feet of water pouring down 275 separate cascades per second), it’s hard to convey the immensity and impact of this UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.
It’s easy to see why mystical stories have cropped up to explain this natural phenomenon. According to legend, a serpent god planned to marry a beautiful woman from a local tribe, but she tried to escape with her human lover. In a wild rage, the serpent sliced the river in two, creating the waterfalls and separating the two lovers for eternity.