Puerto Iguazú, Argentina is an enchanting city with one of the world’s most magnificent waterfalls. Puerto Iguazú is home to the majestic waterfall known as cataratas del Iguazú. This area is also part of the last remains of the Atlantic Forest, as much of the area has been destroyed unfortunately for commercial and residential purposes.The city was first discovered by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in the late 16th century but he decided to leave the area untouched and so the Guaraní Indians remained living there peacefully until the 1880’s. The land changed hands three times until it reached its last owner Gregorio Lezama who then ordered a scientific expedition to the falls. A few decades later in 1934 the national government declared that Igazú would be a national park and the city of Misiones would change its name officially to Puerto Iguazú in 1943. This is a great city to explore nature, wildlife and city life. Puerto Iguazú is an remarkable gem that lies along the Argentinian border of Brazil and Paraguay. The area has a dense jungle consisting of bamboo, a variety of trees and flowers, a large assortment of animals, especially birds, including toucans and humming birds and the sienna red dirt covers the floor and up onto the grassy riverbanks. The Iguazú falls is the number one attraction in the area. Other main attractions are the Guria Oga (an animal sacturary), the Three Frontiers where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet, Jardin de los picaflores, Luis Honorio Rolón Municipal Nature Park and the Mbororé museum.
The legend behind this stunning creation of nature is that a god was supposed to marry a woman whose beauty was incomparable to all named Naipí. The young woman did not want to seal her fate with the god she was to be married with and fled in a canoe across the river with her mortal lover. The deity was so upset by this that he stuck the land slicing the river in half creating the falls and condemning the lovers for eternity. This is a city with many hidden treasures, stories and worth taking the time to discover.