Columbia River Gorge

From Wikipedia:

The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles (130 km) as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the Deschutes River down to eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan area, the gorge furnishes the only navigable route through the Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Ocean.

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Cataratas del Iguazú

How can one describe Iguazú Falls (photos)?  We can begin with the facts and figures:

1.7 miles/2.7 kilometers long series of waterfalls

Average water flow of 61,660 cubic feet per second

Maximum recorded water flow of 452,000 cubic feet per second

275 discreet waterfalls (varies between 150 and 300 depending upon water flow)

Height of falls from 197 to 269 feet

Voted in 2011 as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature

East portion of the falls

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Banos

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Banos doesn’t have the charm of the Spanish colonial architecture that you find in much larger Quito and Cuenca, but it does have charm and it knows it.  Oh, I don’t mean that in the way that the town gives the impression of being snobbish or of being too enamored with itself.  Clearly, it knows that it has a lot to offer and that travelers enjoy coming to sample its charms.  The town and its people make a great effort to present itself as very welcoming and with a simple appeal for its guests.

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