Bairuzú, the whirlpool on the Paraná River that swallows boats

Bairuzú, the whirlpool on the Paraná River

Bairuzú is a phenomenon that occurs in the Paraná river,  a dangerous whirlpool, which according to the inhabitants, even swallowed up barges. The alteration on the river is formed near the Caraguatay island, in Misiones, Argentina

The phenomenon and its ferocity do not change according to the states of the river. Even the scarcity of water does not affect the Bairuzú, nor does it affect the legend it generates.

The height of the river does not matter, it only changes its size and power, depending on the amount of water that comes down.

Its sound is deafening, when the water bursts it sounds like gigantic waves. The noise generated by the whirlpool can be heard from afar, it is very impressive.

The depth always depends on the flow of the river. It is estimated that it is 57 meters deep, where at the bottom of the river there would be boats that have been “swallowed” by the phenomenon.

It is called “Bairuzú”, a place where eddies are formed with the waters that collide with each other, turbulence occurs and ends up leaving a well that becomes dangerous for lovers of water sports.

If you go to the river to navigate with a small boat, a canoe or a kayak, the best thing to do is to go prepared, knowing how to swim. When the eddies come together, it is very dangerous, and it is not known where it can throw

Formerly the aborigines who inhabited the area called it and claimed that in that sector of the river there was a large viper that swallowed the boats.

Usually there are three large eddies that come together and form a single whirlpool, quietly that swallows a boat.

The first whirlpool is formed 7 meters from the shore, the second whirlpool starts about 15 meters from the coast and the other comes from the middle of Paraná and, when the 3 eddies come together, they form the famous Bairusú. It runs a section in a circular fashion and bursts into the water, it becomes calm for a few minutes and the eddies return to form.

In that place it is very common for fishermen to take out huge pieces of fish.