Angel Waterfall of Venezuela – The World’s Highest Waterfall

One of the greatest natural wonders of the world, magnificent Angel falls, Angel Falls or Paradise Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State, Venezuela. Formed more than 130 million years ago. It is famous for being the highest waterfall in the world, with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2,648 ft).

Angel Falls, is also the most isolated one, the nearest road ends 110 miles to the north. In the western part of Canaima National Park, the waterfall drops from the plateau of Auyan-Tepui (means “Devil’s Mountain”) which is a flat top mountain ending with vertical walls. Angel Falls – spills from the Auyantepui into what is known as the Devil’s canyon below. From this tepuy, is where the Angel falls are formed.

 

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Reaching the bottom of the valley as a misty spray that gathers into a small creek which eventually finds its way into into the Kerep River which flows into the Churun River, a tributary of the Carrao River. The soaring tepuis were the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel “The Lost World.” Nearly a century later, millions of tourists visit the area annually. Angel Falls, plunges 100 feet or so and then goes into a cave or a crevice and emerges again below about 150 feet or so to take the long drop. The Natives in Venezuela had known about the “Salto Angel” since the beginning of time. But The Angel Falls was named after Jimmy Angel, an American bush pilot and gold-hunting adventurer, who discovered it in 1937.However, the local Indians, the Pemones, already knew it and called it the Churún Merú. The region in which Angel Falls is located is covered with mesas, tropical rain forests, with some dense jungle along the course of the rivers and grasslands. The jungle and mountain region is practically uninhabited. Tropical wildlife in the area varies between monkeys, poison arrow frogs and hundreds of species of orchids. Mammals are difficult to spot but include giant anteaters, armadillos, porcupines, three-toed sloths, otters, jaguars, pumas, tapirs and capybaras. Angel Falls is a unique and breathtaking natural wonder . The best time to visit the Angel Falls during the rainy between May and November, as the falls will have a more spectacular view, and in its full strength and glory.

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