Sunday, October 25, 2009

Angel Falls the highest waterfall in the world

Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world with a 979 meter tall.  This waterfall located in Canaima National Park, in the territory of Gran Sabana, Bolivar State, Venezuela.   No one seems to know what the stream the falls occur on is called.


For the longest time, there have been references to Angel Falls being known in Pemon (the local language) as Churún Merú, and the falls subsequently being on Rio Churún. However, the real Pemon name of the falls is Kerepakupai Merú, which means "fall from the deepest place". To further clear this issue, Churún Merú is a totally different waterfall of about half the height of Angel Falls, located further up the large canyon bysecting Auyan Tepui.


The waters above the falls drop into a series of cracks, crevices, and gorges and burst out of the cliff face about 50 feet below the brink. The waterfall segments in periods of highest water. We've seen photos that show the falls split into 3 major portions, creating a veil of water on the order of 600' in width.


Pilot Jimmy Angel is widely credited for discovering the falls in 1937, but the true discoverer was one Ernesto de Santa Cruz, who found the falls in 1910. The falls were subsequently named for Jimmy Angel, since he was the first westerner to view the falls.


Angel Falls is one of Venezuela's top tourist attractions, but even today a trip to the falls is not a simple affair. The falls are located in an isolated jungle region of Venezuela, and a flight from Caracas or Ciudad Bolívar is required to reach Canaima camp, the starting point for river trips to the base of the falls.

It is also possible to purchase a package that includes an aerial flyby of the falls. The falls cannot be seen on cloudy days, and there is no guarantee visitors will see them.

River trips generally take place from June to December, when the rivers are deep enough for the wooden curiaras used by the Pemon Indian guides. During the dry season (December to March) there is less water than is seen in some photos, but it is also more likely that the top will not be clouded.


  1. There's ground cover with thick and dark colours, and crystal quartz lies around on the ground and unknown plants growing on top of the mountain so far i know from the national geographics show...

    Any update what happen now...

  2. mi pequeña venezia. tus atributos nacionales y belleza tropical seguira siendo siempre por excelencia las mas bellas...

  3. Beatufiul place, great info for a school project.

  4. Great pictures. Angel falls, according to me this is one the most lovely place which is worth to seeing before die.scBeen there with my friends. we were mesmerized with its scenic beauty! it was like dreaming. it was unforgettable and breathtaking trip of my life.
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