Monday Falls (Saltos del Monday)

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Monday Falls, Paraguay
Monday Falls / Felipe Mendez, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
Anywhere else in the world Monday Falls would be a major tourist attraction. These 45 m tall and approximately 120 m wide falls are truly breathtaking.

Nevertheless this beautiful waterfall is overshadowed by one of the largest waterfalls in the world – just 24 km (direct line) from here are located Iguazu Falls.

The name "Monday" (pronounced "mon-da-ugh") originates from Guarani language and means: "robbed river".

Monday Falls from above
Monday Falls from above / Hugo Diaz Lavigne, Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Monday Falls are located in the Puerto President Franco suburb of fast groving city – Ciudad del Este. Happily a (rather small – just 9 ha) patch of natural forest around the falls has been preserved as a nature reserve named Monday Municipal Park. A system of nature trails has been developed around the falls.

Falls have formed on basalt.

Monday Falls, Paraguay
Monday Falls / Felipe Mendez, Wikimedia Commons, public domain

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Monday Falls (Saltos del Monday) -25.562582, -54.632409 Monday Falls (Saltos del Monday)
Coordinates: 25.5626 S 54.6324 W
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: (3.5 / 5)
Address: South America, Paraguay, Alto Paraná, Monday River in the southern outskirts of Ciudad del Este, in the municipal park, 7 km before Paraná
Name in Spanish: Saltos del Monday
Height: 45 m
Drops: 2 main drops and many smaller ones
Width: 120 m
Stream: Monday River

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Mision de Jesús de Tavarangué / Patricia Perez de Viveros, Wikimedia Commons / public domain
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Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, / public domain
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