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Angel Falls - The Highest in the World

Canaima National Park, Venezuela - Oct 2009

A voyage to the remote Angel Falls, the Highest Waterfall in the World.

  • Canaima National Park is an immense wilderness area of jungle, rivers and incredible table top mountains known as Tepuis. These Tepuis look like the buttes and mesas of the Arizona desert except they are covered in vegetation and are massive, so incredibly massive that it is difficult to comprehend their size when you can only see a small piece of them at a time. The plateaus on top of these mountains are considered a "lost World" with new species being discovered all the time.
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  • The crown jewel of the national park is Angel Falls. This waterfall, the highest in the world flows 979 meters (2,648 feet) from the top of one of the high Tepuis and the water drops atomize into mist as they drop from such an incredible height.
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    Getting there is half the fun. After a flight from Cuidad Bolivar to Canaima in a small Cessna, we then climbed on board one of these boats for a 4 hour trip upstream, often through rapids of various sizes.

    First glimpse of the falls. The summit is often shrouded by clouds. After getting off the boat, it was another hour of hiking through the jungle up to the falls.

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    The full glory of Angel Falls.

    In front of the falls as the inevitable rain begins.

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    One of the many Tepuis in the national park.

    These Tepuis are so huge that each one can support it's own unique ecosystem on top.

     

    Other Waterfalls of Venezuela:

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