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Pre-reading Questions:
1. What is country Iguazu in?
2. What kind of heritage ?


Inscribed :1984 Criteria: (vii)(x)

The semicircular waterfall at the heart of this site is some 80 m high and 2,700 m in diameter and is situated on a basaltic line spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil. Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. ? The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and Caymans.  ?

Reading Passage
The name Iguazu comes from the Guarani words y (water) and guasu (big). ? The legend says that a god intended to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipu, who fled with her mortal lover in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.


   Iguazu Falls, Argentina The Iguazu Falls in Argentina have an access with a Visitor Center where tickets are sold at about USD10. The ticket includes two train and a boat ride that crosses over to the San Martin Island. To get to the main gate, there is a bus service running every 45 minutes from different points of Puerto Iguazu: downtown, Hito Tres Fronteras Iguazu Falls in Brazil The Iguazu Falls National Park - Brazilian side - starts also at the Visitor Center, located 20 km from Foz do Iguazu. Admission is USD 4 per person and includes the bus to the Falls and access to all the trails. In the main building there are toilets, gift shops, crafts, ATMs and temporary exhibits. (main area of Puerto Iguazu hotels), the Bus Station and Ruta 12. The bus is about USD1 per person each way. Upon seeing Iguazu, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" Vastly larger than North America's Niagara Falls, Iguazu is rivaled only by Southern Africa's Victoria Falls which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Garganta del Diablo or Devil‘s Throat ? ? a U-shaped 150-metre-wide and 700-metre-long (490 by 2300 feet) cliff, is the most impressive of all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Most of the falls are within Argentine territory, but from the Brazilian side a more panoramic view of the Garganta del Diablo is obtained.

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subtropical rainforest




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Devil’s throat
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by Setsuko Watanabe, Aoyama Gakuin College of Economics

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