On the way to the falls, we stopped at a point where you could see Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. As a United States Citizen a visa is required for Paraguay and Brazil and reciprocity must be paid for Argentina. If you want to visit all three countries, you will have to spend about $500 before even starting your trip!
The falls are said to be over 120 million years old! The first written record of them is from 1541 but we all know there were people there well before that. Legend has it that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a conoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. Some also say that the sound you hear from the falls is the sound of all the souls screaming that have never returned. Others say the sound is the the sound of the virgin that was sacrificed every year. All I can say is that the falls are absolutely a site to see. 80% of the falls are in Argentina and 20% of the falls are in Brazil. There are two separate parks to enter and this is absolutely two different day trips. Words cannot properly describe the site and sound of the falls so I will try to let the pictures do the talking.
There were these little animals called coatis all over the park that loved to come up and steal things! They would jump up on tables and steal food or grab a backpack and try to get the food that was inside. They are cute little things but can be vicious and very dangerous!
Traveling alone often means that holidays are spent with new friends and strangers. I was lucky enough to have a few friends from home take a little vacation that just happened to be to Brazil! I spent Christmas Eve visiting the Brazil side of the falls alone before they showed up and Christmas day visiting the Argentina side as a group. It was a perfect holiday!