One night while partying away the night in Rio de Janeiro, we met this young twenty-something girl who questioned us on why we
would ever leave rowdy Rio behind to include the small southern border
town of Foz do Iguaçu on our trip. To us, the answer was quite
simple. Even though we always enjoy the nightlife of a big bustling
city, a visit to the inner depths of nature is just as integral to our
well-being, and more of then than not a welcomed change of pace.
Located at the convergence of three countries in southern Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu is famous the world over for its national park and waterfalls, a sumptuous outdoor experience that marries five different kinds of forests and biosystems. The waterfalls (Cataratas do Iguaçu) and its surrounding park were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in the mid-1980's, and according to a claim, boast permanent rainbows 365 days a year! We don’t doubt it after experiencing a few memorable days here in December of 2008.
Iguassu Falls was impressive to say the least. With a flow capacity equal to three "Niagara Falls," it’s no wonder that multiple cinematic treats have been filmed against the backdrop of this amazingly powerful water source. Some of the more noteworthy offerings include the James Bond film Moonraker, The Mission, and 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Brazil was extraordinarily beautiful, and we will definitely be back some day. For now, we say "obrigado" for a wonderful time in Foz do Iguaçu! Join us, won’t you?