Pre- and Post-Cruise Journeys to Iguazu Falls will Leave You Breathless, and Perhaps a Bit Wet
It rises roughly 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls, with a roaring presence that dominates the landscape of one of South America’s few remaining preserved rainforests, the Atlantic Rainforest. It’s charted as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 275 separate waterfalls crash together with a maximum flow of 450,000 cubic feet of water per second in the rainy season. It spans two countries and its name boasts three (maybe more) different spellings that cross as many languages. The largest stretch of water in its composition comprises 14 waterfalls alone, called the Devil’s Throat, with water that descends nearly 263 feet.
Like any great wonder of nature, Iguazu Falls bears legends of its origin, the most common being that M’Boi, the great Serpent God of the Guarani tribes of the region lived beneath the Iguazu River. While virgins were sacrificed into the river each year, the god has his sights set upon Naipi, a girl set to marry her own human true love. The lovebirds tried to escape the reaches of M’Boi, and in response he turned Naipi into a rock near the river so she could never run away, and her lover into a tree, forever rooted there. Punctuating his anger, M’Boi created an earth-shattering waterfall, dividing the river in two and damning the lovers to an “eternal fall.”
One more modern – and less dramatic – account of Iguazu Falls comes from Eleanor Roosevelt, who upon seeing it for the first time, reportedly said “Poor Niagara” as she exhaled in awe and considered its American counterpart.
And while the numbers and stories surrounding Iguazu Falls are astounding and impressive, no statistic will ever capture the pure wonder of a live encounter with this massive wall of water. And so, like all such breathtaking experiences around the world, we recommend planning your own such encounter.
On two 2019 Crystal Symphony voyages, pre- and post-cruise programs will take you to these larger-than-life falls, offering a profound experience that will leave you breathless, and perhaps a bit wet. With one program based in Buenos Aires and the other in Rio de Janeiro, Crystal guests have the remarkable opportunity to view Iguazu from both sides of its international border. Crossing over the “Fraternity Bridge” that borders the Brazil and Argentina, you’ll literally walk from one country to another across the Iguazu River.
Extend your journey from the January 5 “Rio Rendezvous” sailing with a two-night post-cruise exploration of Iguazu Falls, beginning in Iguazu Falls National Park and continuing to the Argentinian side.
With the February 3, 2019 “Terra del Fuego Passage” sailing, begin your adventure three nights early from Buenos Aires. Explore the flavor of the “Paris of South America” from the distinct architecture to classic churros at the 19th century Café Tortoni, long favored by artists and the city’s diplomatic corps. Over the following two days, marvel from Brazil’s Iguazu Falls National Park and from the Argentinian side, navigating footbridges into the heart of the falls.
Reserve your journey to Iguazu Falls with Crystal Symphony today.