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One difference between Argentina's and Brazil's tourism plans for Iguazu Falls

 

The cataracts along the Iguazu River separating Brazil and Argentina are more spectacular than the ones North America's Niagara River between Canada and the United States. Iguazu Falls stretch over one and two-thirds miles, dropping off of a two and one-half mile basalt cliff in more than 270 individual cascades to a gorge 269 feet below.

 

Most of the falls are on the Argentine side, but Brazil has four of the larger ones. The Brazilians appear to be looking toward the Canadian side of Niagara Falls for their development inspiration --- colored lights at night and full tourist trap kitsch --- while the Argentines are more oriented to an ecotourist approach.

 

Thus Argentina has recently reintroduced the wild margay cats --- one of which is shown in captivity below --- into the national park that includes its part of the falls. Photos by Mario A. Antonowicz

 

 

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