Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls is a dreamlike vision for anyone lucky enough to gaze on its natural beauty. It’s hard to imagine where the water has come from as it cascades over the table top mountain and plunges 978 metres down into Devils Canyon. The sheer drop of the Auyán-Tepuí mountain face allows the Churun River to leap from the plateau, barely touching the sheer face on its descent down into the Venezuelan rainforest. The falls are over 15 times higher than Niagara and are found in the Canaima National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is centred on the Guayana highlands that are famous for its numerous tepuis, or flat-topped mountains, of which Auyán-Tepuí mountain is one of the highest. Visitors to the Falls must first fly to Canaima, before either canoeing upstream or taking another short flight. Both of these reveal the gorgeous rainforest, which closes in around you before revealing Angel Falls in all its might. There is a lagoon at the bottom of the Falls which provides one of the most memorable locations for an invigorating swim anywhere in the world.
Where is it?
The Falls are found in Canaima National Park, which itself is in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela, in the southern state of Bolivar.
What is it?
Angel Falls is the world's highest waterfall, which drops a staggering 978m from the summit of the Auyán-Tepuí table-top mountain. It has an 807m uninterrupted drop, and was first discovered out with the native population by US pilot Jimmy Angel, who crash-landed on the mountain while searching for gold in 1933.
Best time to visit?
The waterfall is best viewed between the months of May and November, as rainfall is much more infrequent outside these months which result in the falls all but evaporating by the time it reaches the bottom, giving it a much less spectacular impression.
Aside from Angel Falls, a visit to nearby Roraima, a table-top mountain near the park’s border with Brazil, is definitely worthwhile. Roraima is the tallest tepui in the park