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Do you know which one is the largest waterfall around the world, if no, we hurry to inform you about Iguazu Falls. Iguazú Falls or Iguaçu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná.
Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world.
The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil; however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.
From Where Does the Name Come from?
The name “Iguazú” comes from the Guarani or Tupi words “y” [ɨ], meaning “water”, and “ûasú meaning “big”.
The History of Largest Waterfall
The Legend says that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. The first European to record the existence of the falls was the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541. The history is very impressive and makes people to go and see the falls by their own eyes.
After becoming a national heritage, on October 09, 1934, Iguazu Falls was declared National Park by UNESCO. “The park shares with the Parque Nacional Iguazu, or Iguazu National Park in Argentina, one of the world’s largest and most incredible waterfalls in the world, with more than 270 falls. The area is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The incredible clouds of spray produced by the number of waterfalls are conducive to the growth of lush vegetation”, mentions iguazufalls.com.
Source: iguazufalls.com, Wikipedia