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Guaíra, Salto del
   Paraná, Brazil

This waterfall formerly existed but has since been flooded beneath the waters impounded behind a dam.
Once upon a time, there was a massive waterfall. Sadly, it was flooded by the reservoir of a massive dam in 1982. While I understand the enormous hydropower potential of the Itaípu dam, it's a shame they couldn't shorten the dam by roughly 150 in height as Salto del Guaíra was a voluminous waterfall that was similar to Iguaçu in basic shape, with greater volume, though not as tall or wide.
There were several named segments: Salto Arco-Íris, Salto Barão de Mauá, Salto Benjamim Constant, Salto do Caxias, Salto Deodoro, Salto Diretor Francis, Salto Floriano, Salto General Estigaríbi, Salto do Limite, Salto Marechal Lopes, Salto Maria Barreto, Salto Osório, Salto Presidente Franco, Salto Rabisco Mendes, Salto Ruy Barbosa, Salto Saldanha Gama, Salto Saltinho, Salto do Tamandaré, and Salto Thomás Laranjeira.


  • Also Known as: Guaíra Falls, Salto das Sete Quedas
  • Guaíra, Salto del is the Unofficial name of this waterfall

Our thoughts

Were this waterfall still free flowing, we've no doubt it would be in the top 10 world wide, and number one wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility.
The height figure of 374 feet is often seen, but is erroneous. The river lost 374 feet of elevation in a 20 mile stretch of river including the 130 feet of Salto del Guaíra and the rapids downriver.

Guaíra, Salto del is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

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