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A Hat Trick of Amazing Waterfalls

by on Mar.03, 2013, under Travel

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I’ve been to loads of waterfalls and as I once noted “you hardly ever get a sh*t waterfall” (except a ‘waterfall’ the Great Ocean Road in Australia which was literally just a drip of water). So here’s my top three from what I’ve seen – don’t miss them! Please note this is a top three of waterfalls I’ve actually been to, so Angel Falls (Salto Angel, Venezuela and Victoria Falls in Africa don;t qualify…).

1. Gullfoss, ICELAND:

Gullfoss you might think is a surprise inclusion, alas you may never even have heard of it. But this incredible endless flow of gushing water in Iceland is phenomenal!! As you walk up towards Gullfoss you have absolutely no idea of how much water is flowing. When you arrive at the first viewing point you can only gasp in awe. If you are ever in Iceland, don’t miss Gullfoss! To get there either hire a car, become part of a tour bus excursion to it or do the famous Golden Circle Tour (which I did). Entrance to the waterfall is FREE but you might feel obliged to have a coffee or buy a souvenir in the nearby shop.

2. Niagara Falls/Horsehoe Falls – CANADA and USA border:

It was over 10 years ago since I was at the Niagara Falls. I did the Maid of the Mist tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. An amazing spray from these falls and the border town of Niagara is in an awesome location overlooking the spectacular waterfalls. It’s FREE to gaze down onto the waterfall itself, but to do the Maid of the Mist Tour is still under $20 Canadian Dollars and even cheaper if you’re a child, a student or a pensioner. I’d recommend it – you get up close to the falls and you get wet.

3. Iguazu Falls (on the border of BRAZIL and ARGENTINA):

I won’t stir up the debate of whether the Cataratas Del Iguazu or the Foz Do Iguacu is best as this seems to be a common discussion point between travellers. This series of immense waterfalls straddles the border between Brazil and Argentina (with Paraguay just behind as well). I visited from both Brazil and Argentina and I would recommend doing that as well to get the full experience from it. I’ll do a report on each side:

Viewed from Argentina:

To get to the Argentina side catch a bus along Ruta 12 away from Puerto Iguazu town. You can get the bus from the town centre or from a bus stop opposite the Hostel Inn Iguazu. Get an entrance day ticket on arrival. In 2010 this cost me 85Pesos. There are three main things to do once inside: 1. Catch a train to Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) – there’s a few kilometres walk to see the falls from there. 2. Do the Upper Walk at the Station Cataratas 3. Do the lower walk at the Station Cataratas. You can also get a boat trip, view animals and there are souvenir shops and restaurants.

Viewed from Brazil:

I arrived at the Brazil falls on a bus from Argentina. Once you get inside the national park, transport is by car. You get an overall better view of the falls from the Brazil side I have to say,but it costs a bit more. There are a number of hikes alongside the waterfalls and a viewing tower. Iguazu Falls is just spectacular no matter what you do there – you cannot but LOVE it!

You will probably find queues, viewing platforms etc. to be very busy such is the popularity of these waterfalls. Tourists are everywhere and how can you blame them. This is a must see waterfall!

Well that’s my top three waterfalls – feel free to disagree or comment. You have to love Iguazu though…it’s probably my favourite of the three!

You can read more posts like three top waterfalls by visiting Jonny Blair’s excellent travel, work and lifestyle website Dont Stop Living which is updated daily.. This article, A Hat Trick of Amazing Waterfalls is available for free reprint.

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