Sunset at Iguassu Falls
Sunset at Iguassu Falls. Second of a series of photos I took during a recent trip to Brazil. Will post the others over the next few days.
This is a panoramic view of the South part of the falls taken from the Brazilian side. It is the first viewpoint as you arrive at the park. The trail then makes its way up the gorge that leads to the main part of the falls, the famous Garganta do Diabo (aka Devil's Throat). No photo can capture the immensity of Iguassu Falls. What you see here is only about 25% of the overall waterfall complex which spans 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) and includes many separate waterfalls and cataracts, varying between 60 to 82 meters high (197 to 269 ft). The number of these smaller waterfalls fluctuates from 150 to 300 depending on the water level..
Since I started photography again about four years ago I have wanted to photograph somewhere in Brazil, since I was born and raised there until I was 18. One of my earliest memories of a trip as a child was a visit to Iguassu Falls 40 years ago so I thought Iguassu would be a great place to start and it did not disappoint.
After two weeks of rain the falls were roaring, with about two times the normal flow. I was pleased to see the area around the falls has been protected and is still unspoiled. The grand Hotel das Cataratas has also been preserved and staying there brought back good memories. Although it is more expensive than other local options, I highly recommend splurging a biit and staying there for anyone on a photo trip. It is the only hotel located inside the park and therefore while other visitors can only visit between 9am and 5pm, hotel guests are free to roam the trails at any time. Needless to say that makes an enormous difference in terms of being able to use a tripod and photograph during sunrise and sunset.
I look forward to being back again some day.