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No water and no people

For the first time in its history, the Iguazu Falls are without water and without people. An uncertain panorama for the 7th wonder of the world.

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100% of Argentines know them, most of them ever visited them. The majestic Iguazu Falls are our great natural jewel, the  7th wonder of the world . However, today they present a bleak postcard. It's a gigantic rock without water and no people. No water, due to a historic drought; no people, because of quarantine.

Naturally, this situation terribly affects the economy of thousands of missionaries who live in this unparalleled beauty that nature gives.  The city of  Puerto Iguazú  is completely paralyzed. More than 80% of its population live, directly or indirectly, from tourism . The panorama ahead, far from reassuring, scares. The risk of losing jobs and being infected by the  pandemic  is growing day by day. As never before in its history, the paralysis of tourism is added a phenomenon that has not occurred since 2006. A voracious drought that causes the Falls today to be practically without water.

 The causes 

The mandatory quarantine has closed the doors of the  Iguazú National Park , which resulted in an immediate liquidation of tourism. The city of Iguazu is so dependent on tourism that no one yet began to imagine new subsistence alternatives.  The numbers are blunt .  Easter  is the “high season” of the Falls. During that time, hotel occupancy is 97.1% and an average of 11,000 people per day is received. Today's Holy Week recorded an average of zero tourists.

 The expectation of a soon return to normal seems daunting . It will only be possible to aspire to a recovery in several months, towards the end of the year. And it will be conditioned, with little hope of a forthcoming reopening of borders. Consequently, the idea during this 2020 is to re-bet on Argentine tourists.

On  the other hand, drought in the Falls is due to a cyclical event that occurs every 15 years.  And that unfortunately coincided with the pandemic. Usually the water flow rate is 1500 cubic meters per second. This is what gives life, what moves the threads of the 7th wonder of the world. Now, the Iguazu River is at about 280 cubic meters per second. Worst thing is that it is feared that it will fall below its 1978 historical record, when 120 cubic meters were recorded. Whether this is due to a natural process or the action of Brazilian dams, it is still a debate far from being settled.

 The others affected 

People are not the only ones affected by  waterfalls  without water and without people.  Animals are also facing a radically new scenario.  Their behaviors were affected by the absence of tourists, which in some cases were their main source of power. Fallen monkeys and coatis, for example, usually feed on what tourists give them. Today, these animals walk deep in the  jungle , looking for a new way of feeding. “In the last few days we didn't see them again,” said Sergio Acosta, mayor of Iguazú National Park.

 Another animal that has changed its behavior is the waterfall swift bird . This bird nests on the rock behind the jumps and uses as cover the jet of the waterfall to avoid the threat of predators. Now, in the absence of water, you have to look for a new place.


Publication Date: 15/04/2020

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By: Marta Beatriz Escudero 20 April, 2020

Una verdadera lástima!!! No las conozco pero no iba a faltar la oportunidad de conocerla!!!

By: Marcelo Claudio De Lisio 22 April, 2020

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Hola Marta! Seguramente ya habrá oportunidad de que la conozcas. Es una maravilla única en el mundo...y la tenemos acá bien cerquita. Por lo pronto, el caudal de agua se va a ir restableciendo en poco tiempo. La cuarentena algún día terminará. Así que no te la vayas a perder. Y si ya andás por Misiones, te recomiendo esta otra joya "Los Saltos del Moconá". Poco conocida pero también muy hermosa. Te mando un saludo grande desde la tierra colorada! Marcelo

By: Maria Justina Horianski 30 April, 2020

Excelente nota, además de increíble,un fenómeno inusual y poco conocido.Felicitaciones!!!!

By: Carolina 01 May, 2020

Excelente nota, sobre este acontecimiento se habla y sabe muy poco. Gracias por informarnos. Ver las Cataratas es un espectáculo maravilloso. Increíble para disfrutar con todos los sentidos. Ojala pronto vuelva a su cauce natural.

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