Sunday, December 9, 2012

Iguazu Falls - Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Iguazu Falls - Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Iguazu Falls, one of the three great waterfalls of the world, was our last stop in Brazil and the first in Argentina. Since most of the waterfall flows over the Argentinian side of the border, you get stunnig view of it from Brazil. The sheer size of the waterfall, the edge is 2.7km long, and the volume of water pouring over it, is mind boggling. Its maximum recorded flow is 12,800 cubic meters per second!

More photographs, including a few panoramas, inside.
A photograph of Iguazu Falls taken in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
Iguazu Falls - Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

The devil's throat is a U shaped section of the falls, photographed above, which forms the border between Brazil and Argentina. The place is aptly named as half the water that flows over Iguazu falls, flows through the devil's throat which is a comparatively small area. There is so much spray from the falls that you simply can't see the bottom of the river. However, you can walk right to the edge of the devil's throat on walkways that have been constructed on both sides of the border.

A photograph of Iguazu Falls taken in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
Iguazu Falls - Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Since most of the waterfall flows over the Argentinian border, there is a lot more to do in Argentina when compared to Brazil. There are 3 main walks which take you along the upper and lower areas of the falls as well as to the devil's throat. We spent an entire day at the park and could have easily spent another day there.

A photograph of Iguazu Falls taken in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
Iguazu Falls - Puerto Iguazu, Argentina


We also took a boat out to St Martin island, pictured above, to get a  closer look at the waterfall from below the edge. We climbed out to the flat area right near the waterfall and spent about half an hour watching and photographing the falls. The beach on St Martin island as well as the entire national park, was full of butterflies. I was unable t photograph them as I had left the zoom lens behind.

A photograph of Iguazu Falls taken in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

The place was full of tourists but due to the fact that the falls covered a large area and that there were so many walks and activities to complete, it didn't feel congested. The section of the national park where the falls are located was in immaculate condition.

A photograph of Iguazu Falls taken in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
Iguazu Falls - Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

The day we visited was hot and bright. I had the 5D and the 24-105mm lens with me along with ND filters, graduated ND filters, a polariser as well as a tripod. I was after shots with a really slow shutter speed to get a silky feel to the water. I think I managed to pull it off but you never know! The two panoramas were created by using 11 and 24 photographs each.

A photograph of Iguazu Falls taken in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
Iguazu Falls - Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

I'm pretty keen to find out what you think of the panoramas, so if you do  have a few minutes drop me a line via the comments.




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