Photographer's Note

This is take on the Brazilian size of the Iguaçu falls.

In case you like to know how difficult it was for me to get here, read the story. This is my personal story of how much trouble I went through to come here. It was not my intension to criticize any country, in this case Brazil for its political rule and policy, so please do not take it personally.

Read only if you interested.
It was an ordeal for me to get here to the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu Falls. Canadians or Europeans do not need a visa to enter Brazil, passport is all you need. American Citizens need to have a visa to enter Brazil. Which is really not a big deal if you can just simple apply and wait for it, but you cannot get a visa by mail or internet, you have to go to the Brazilian Embassy in person, and you have to have an appointment which you can make on line. Three month before my trip, I tried to make an appointment, it was all booked out, and no appointment can be made for anything further than 3 months. There only 3 Brazilian Embassies in the whole U.S., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington DC. If you live outside of this area, the only other way is to pay a travel agency to get the visa for you, which cost $300 instead of $100 if you were to go on your own. I wasn’t willing to pay $300 just to cross over to the Brazilian when I can see 2/3 of the Iguaçu Falls in Argentina.

One day, I went on line to see what was the schedule for the appointment, and to my surprise, there was an opening for appointment the next day. I checked the day before and there was nothing and suddenly it was available. I took off from work drove for an hour and a half up to Los Angeles to get my visa. While I was waiting, my friend called to tell me that Rio de Janeiro was just awarded the 2012 Olympic. So I joked with the Lady working at the embassy, “I guess you will be very busy for the next few years, since the 2012 Olympic will be in Rio de Janeiro.” She had not heard the news yet until I told her. I guess by than they would have to lift the Visa requirement for U.S. Citizens or make it easy to obtain a visa.

All that trouble for a half day in Brazil. It is worth the effort, but the weather was not very good and it is not easy to take picture with all the moister and mist in the air.

Little bit about the Iguaçu Falls:
The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometers (1.67 miles) of the Iguaçu River. Position is at latitude (DMS): 25° 40' 60 S, longitude (DMS): 54° 25' 60 W . Some of the individual falls are up to 82 meters (269 ft) in height, though the majority are about 64 metres (210 ft). The Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish or Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese), a U-shaped, 82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide and 700-meter-long

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