Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine region of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. The falls separate the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River climbs close to the city of Curitiba. The river runs through Brazil for mainly of its course, although most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its meeting with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the border between Argentina and Brazil.
The name “Iguazu” approaches from the Guarani or Tupi words “y”, meaning “water”, and “ûasú “, meaning “big”. Legend has it that a god planned to marry a gorgeous woman named Naipí, who fled with her fatal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god portioned the river, creating the waterfalls and censuring the lovers to an everlasting fall. The first European to find the falls was the Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.