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Iguazú National Park, Misiones Province, Argentina — Litoral Argentino (Mesopotámica)
 

Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

Salto Alvar Núñez

 

—Parque Nacional Iguazú

 
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
1. Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Marker
Inscription.
A Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.
Homenaje de la Administración General de Parques Nacionales y Turismo a la memoria del descubridor de estas Cataratas, Don Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, quién tras de cruentas luchas con la naturaleza y lo ignoto, en su temerario viaje desde las selvas Brasileñas Atlánticas en busca de una vía al Rio de la Plata descubrió esta maravilla del mundo en el año 1541.

(English translation)
To Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.
A tribute from the National Parks and Tourism Administration to the memory of the discoverer of these falls, Don Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who—after bloody struggles with nature and the unknown—in his reckless journey from the Atlantic through the Brazilian jungles while looking for a route to the Rio de la Plata, discovered this wonder of the world in the year 1541.
 
Erected by Administración General de Parques Nacionales y Turismo.
 
Location. 25° 41.038′ S, 54° 26.637′ W. Marker is in Iguazú National Park, Misiones Province. Marker is on the Circuito Inferior (lower circuit trail) 1.6 kilometers north of the Rainforest Ecological Railway. Click for map. The marker is at the bridge (Salto
<i>Salto Alvar Núñez</i> (Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Bridge) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
2. Salto Alvar Núñez (Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Bridge)
Marker visible at corner, left.
Alvar Nuñez
) on the lower circuit trail, north of the National Park's main entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Iguazú National Park, Misiones Province 3370, Argentina.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bernabe Mendez Bridge (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Alberto Santos-Dumont Memorial (approx. 1.3 kilometers away in Brazil).
 
More about this marker. The “nearby” markers in the Brazilian park are NOT “within walking distance” of those in the Argentine park—they are separated by the world’s biggest waterfall.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca. (Submitted on January 2, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Iguazú Falls - Argentina. (Submitted on January 2, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Iguazú River/Falls, Cataratas del Iguazú; UNESCO World Heritage Site; River Plate; La Plata River; conquistador.
 
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View from trail near Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
3. View from trail near Marker
- note cataracts excursion boat in river, left middle.
View from trail near <i>Salto Dos Hermanas</i> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
4. View from trail near Salto Dos Hermanas
View of cataracts from trail near Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
5. View of cataracts from trail near Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,928 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 26, 2016.
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