IguaÃ§u Fall, BrazilTweet
Argentina, Misiones Province.
Iguazu Falls, IguazÃº Falls, Iguassu Falls or IguaÃ§u Falls (Portuguese: Cataratas do IguaÃ§u [kataËˆÉ¾atÉz du iÉ¡waËˆsu]; Spanish: Cataratas del IguazÃº [kataËˆÉ¾atas Ã°el iÉ£waËˆsu]; Guarani: Chororo Yguasu [É•oÉ¾oÉ¾o É¨É£Ê·asu]) are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of Brazilian State ParanÃ¡ and Argentine Province Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba. It flows through Brazil for most of its course. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.
The name “Iguazu” comes from the Guarani or Tupi words “y” [É¨], meaning “water”, and “Ã»asÃº “[waËˆsu], meaning “big”. Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful woman named NaipÃ, who fled with her mortal lover TarobÃ¡ in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. The first European to find the falls was the Spanish conquistador Ãlvar NÃºÃ±ez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.
Source: National Geographic, Wikipedia