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Brazil's Iguazu Falls drawing tourists from across the world

Brazil's Iguazu Falls drawing tourists from across the world

Posted by Juan Gavasa on March 24, 2015

 From above, the Iguazu Falls resemble a massive hole punched a river and surrounded by jungle. Spray from the falls douses the nearby viewing areas where some tourists don rain ponchos while others take off their shirts and dance and hug in the drenching mist.

Japanese tourist Hiromi Kanetake summed up the feeling: "I'm so excited that my tears are mixing with the river water that floats in the air. I'm very happy that I came from so far away with my son Takayuki to see this."

From walkways and bridges, viewers can count about 270 water falls almost 100 meters (330 feet) high.

Spaniards came across the Iguazu Falls in 1541. In Guarani, its name means "big water." The falls are on the border between Misiones province in Argentina and Parana in Brazil.

In this March 15, 2015 photo, tourists stand on a viewing area at Iguazu Falls in Brazil. From walkways and bridges, viewers can count 270 water falls almost 100 meters (330 feet) high. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Local indigenous legend has it that serpent god Boi, furious over a broken heart, created the falls by shattering the Iguazu river's flow to prevent the maiden Naipu from escaping in a canoe with her lover Taroba. The legend says the rainbows that grace the waters are the souls of Naipu and Taroba reuniting.

The falls are part of one of the world's largest reservoirs of fresh water, known as the Guarani Aquifer.

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