If in Indonesia there is the highest Sigura Gura Waterfall, then where is the highest waterfall in the world?
Is Angel Falls, the highest and most dangerous waterfall in the world. This waterfall in Canaima National Park, Venezuela, has a height of 979 meters.
The water that flows into a waterfall falls from a fissure near the summit of Mount Auyán-tepu, into a place known as Devil’s Canyon.
Not only is it considered one of the most dangerous, Angel Falls is also one of the most fascinating natural wonders in the world.
The history of Angel Falls in Venezuela
Prior to the mid-1950s, this waterfall was an unknown wonder. Even the native Kamarakotos Pómon who inhabit the valley beside Auyán-tepu stay away, believing that the remote location of Angel Falls harbors evil spirits.
In 1933, United States gold miner James Crawford (‘Jimmie’) Angel, discovered Angel Falls by accident, and immediately flew over the mountain in his Flamingo monoplane while searching for an ore bed.
Reported by Beautiful World, in 1937, Jimmie returned to the waterfall and became acquainted with Gustavo Henry, and Miguel Delgado.
Although Jimmie managed to land his plane on the top of Auyán-tepu, the plane’s wheels sank in the mud, and Jimmie’s plane remained stranded on the mountain until 1970.
For 11 days, the group trekked across rough terrain, having to ration their limited food supply, until they reached a small settlement in Kamarata.
Based on the news circulating, the name of this waterfall is in accordance with the name of the inventor. However, the story made researchers find out again and investigate it scientifically.
Canaima National Park was founded in 1962, and in 1994, UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site.
Access to Angel Falls in Venezuela
Canaima National Park is the gateway to Angel Falls. Unfortunately, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is only accessible by air, as there is no overland route to get there.
Airlines Rutaca and Avior provide flights to and from the airstrip at Camp Canaima. Passengers will fly over dense forests that are still untouched by humans, ancient mountains, to many meandering rivers.
Visitors to the national park generally fly from the colonial city of Ciudad Bolivar or the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. However, many also choose to use private planes.
After arriving at Canaima National Park, visitors will use a boat to reach Angel Falls. Motorized canoes travel upstream between May and January.
Travel time it takes about five hours to reach the waterfall by passing through a winding river, bordered by dense forests, and full of exotic wildlife. The canoes will also glide over boulders through fast-flowing rivers.
From the lagoon, visitors then travel through the lush Venezuelan jungle, to various vantage points. If the flow of the waterfall is quite heavy, tourists are encouraged to swim in a pool formed from falling water.
During the rainy season, Angel Falls creates its own weather. At certain times of the year, those within a one kilometer radius of the falls can feel the fog.