The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Iguazu National Park, showing the spectacular falls and forest habitats, plants and animals. The photos were taken by Peter Howard during two visits, in 1991 and 2019. The slideshow starts with a short helicopter ride over the falls and surrounding forests. This provides ‘context’ for closer views of the various cascades and features seen at ground level. Apart from providing spectacular views of the falls, the over-flight demonstrates just how much the land beyond the park boundaries has been cleared for agriculture, leaving the park an isolated remnant of the once-extensive interior Atlantic Forest.
The park offers visitors a number of trails, walkways and lookouts that provide spectacular views of the various cascades, the white waters in the gorge below the falls, and the wide, placid waters of the river upstream. Whilst the falls themselves are the main attraction at the site, its outstanding importance for biodiversity can be experienced along the cliff-top walks and a number of other guided trails through the forest. The slideshow illustrates the exuberant forest vegetation and some of the iconic animals that may be encountered – colourful birds (including various species of parrots, toucans and hummingbirds), large wild cats (such as ocelot and jaguar), otters and monkeys. In the quiet backwaters, caiman may be spotted, alongside terrapins and frogs, while colourful tropical butterflies glide past with a flash of metallic blue. In the undergrowth, some of the rare endemic birds of the Atlantic Forest may be spotted, including the unique Solitary Tinamou (known locally as Macuco).