Sharing more views of the Falls, declared World Natural Heritage by UNESCO
In the background a view of this impressive jungle images.
Iguazu or Iguaçu in Portuguese means ” big waters” in Guarani Languages. Guaranís are a group of South American Indian living mainly in Paraguay and speaking a Tupian language also called Guarani. Smaller groups live in Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
Wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both.
From Rio, we flew to “Foz do Iguaçu, a Brazilian city on the border of Iguaçu Falls. After a quick lunch, we were anxious to view the spectacle. I’ve heard how beautiful and spectacular it was. There is no word to describe what I experienced. Upon arrival, we walk along the winding pathway on the Brazilian side of the majestic and awe-inspiring falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
Iguana Falls consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles.
One can’t help but continuously shooting and trying to capture the most of this sensational display in different angles..
The noise, the view, the color, green and healthy trees and plants (obviously) and above all the incessant miss etc all of those things contributed to bring joy and happiness to the viewer.
And to bring a more dramatic feeling in Black and White.
Two favelas from different neighborhoods, where some of them grow into giant communities. The first picture was shot from a samba school of dance courtyard.
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Unfortunately, these slums are also rather problematic areas. The districts are constantly battling drug use, police brutality, and shootings. The latter are particularly dangerous as stray bullets tend to cause major damage. Despite their shaky reputation, the Favelas are still home to working families who simply try to make a living.
Smiling is also significant and exude joy and happiness.
A young student of the school of dance graciously made herself available to our group by demonstrating some of her well choreographed and elaborate samba steps. A real delight.
Our beautiful Carnaval Samba guide. A unique experience.
One cannot visit Rio and not getting a feel for what the Brazilian Carnival represents. A tour of one of the top Samba Schools in the city was appropriate and I got to learn what made the Samba and Carnival icons of Brazilian national identity.
Pictures below are remnants of this year parade which are stored in gigantic depot to be reused for the following year with different theme.
Unknown to many, the truck driver when the float is fully assembled is unable to see the path he needs to follow at the Sambadrome. Instinct plays a decisive role.
It is known as the biggest attraction on earth. Carnaval or Samba Parade held yearly for a week of dancing, singing and partying. This parade is held at the Sambadrome where twelve of the top samba schools vie for the prestigious championship title every year. It is a “grand” affair and an event that the Brazilians take very, very seriously. Like the song says: The people spend the whole year preparing for the festivities and on Ash Wednesday, “todo se ababa” (everything is over.) till the following year. The parade displays its best dancers, choreographers, costumes, music etc… in a highly orchestrated event with each individual having a particular role to play according to the school theme. A very elaborate occurence.
The distance for the parade is about one mile, starting from the end of this road…
to end to the very explicit structure in the background which mimics a human “derrière”, referred to as “the Bunda.” It also ressembles the stylish Thong Bikini superbly worn by the Cariocas.
Reflection from a nearby building across the street.
This shot taken from a side door. Inside, the area measures 8,000 square meters and sufficient 5,000 seats (it has a standing-room capacity of 20,000 people).