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.
Falls are located in the 20 km² large Ñacunday National Park – one of the few remnants of Atlantic Forest west from Paraná River.
- Youtube video: Ñacunday Falls. Accessed in 18.02.2012.
|Coordinates:||26.0486 S 54.6712 W|
|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|
|Height:||40 m, main drop – some 35 m|
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