Nacunday Falls (Salto Ñacunday)

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

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

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GPS coordinates
26.0486 S 54.6712 W
Location, address
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
40 m, main drop – some 35 m
110 m
Monday River

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

Nacunday Falls are located just 900 m from the mighty Paraná River and are falling over a 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.

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.

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