Paraguay has its own "Niagara Falls" – the beautiful Nacunday Falls.

Nacunday Falls are located just 900 m from the mighty Paraná River and are falling over basalt step. "Ñacunday" could be translated from Guaraní as "heron creek".

Large waterfalls have formed on several tributaries of Paraná below the former Sete Quedas Falls (now flooded by Itaipu Dam), and one of them – Iguazu Falls – is one of the largest in the world.

Even if much smaller than Iguazu Falls, Nacunday Falls though are very impressive. These 40 m tall and 110 m wide falls form a single, vertical wall of falling water.

Nacunday Falls, Paraguay
Nacunday Falls, Paraguay / Hugo Diaz Lavigne, Wikimedia Commons / public domain

Falls are located in the 20 km² large Ñacunday National Park – one of the few remnants of Atlantic Forest west from Paraná River.


  1. Youtube video: Ñacunday Falls. Accessed in 18.02.2012.

Nacunday Falls (Salto Ñacunday) on the map

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Location, GPS coordinates:26.0486 S 54.6712 W
Values:Geology, Visual
Rating:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Where is located?South America, Misiones in Paraguay, Alto Paraná, Ñacunday District, on Nacunday River 900 m before its fall in Paraná River
Name in Spanish:Salto Ñacunday, Cataratas del Ñacunday
Height:40 m, main drop – some 35 m
Width:110 m
Stream:Monday River

Landmarks of Paraguay

Mision de Jesús de Tavarangué, Paraguay
Mision de Jesús de Tavarangué / Patricia Perez de Viveros, Wikimedia Commons / public domain
Most impressive and interesting landmarks in Paraguay are several impressive waterfalls, ruins of Jesuit missions – once impressive 18th century structures and petroglyphs.

Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, / public domain
Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

Recommended books

The Paraguay Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Hemmed in by the vast, arid Chaco to the west and, for most of its history, impenetrable jungles to the east, Paraguay has been defined largely by its isolation. Partly as a result, there has been a dearth of serious scholarship or journalism about the country. Going a long way toward redressing this lack of information and analysis, The Paraguay Reader is a lively compilation of testimonies, journalism, scholarship, political tracts, literature, and illustrations, including maps, photographs, paintings, drawings, and advertisements.

Paraguay (Other Places Travel Guide)

This is an invaluable guide to experiencing everything Paraguay has to offer. Filled with cultural insights and first-hand recommendations, Natalia Goldberg has spent the better part of decade compiling this comprehensive travel guide. Included is the only available guide to traveling along the Paraguay River to the Pantanal, a little visited region where remote indigenous communities coexist with endangered wildlife.

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