Angel Falls, The highest fall in the world (with Map & Photos)

A unique look at the highest waterfall in the world, almost a thousand meters of water fall, located in Venezuela. The highest waterfall in the world is the Angel Falls, a fall of almost a thousand meters (specifically, 979) in the Venezuelan national park of Canaima. These aerial images taken with a drone show a spectacular view of the environment.

Angel Falls Venezuela
Angel Falls Venezuela

The Angel Falls (Salto Ángel de Venezuela) is a tourist place located in the great Venezuelan savannah, a territory as fascinating as it has exceptional flora and fauna. It is a world of tepuis, the oldest mountains on the planet with some 3,000 million years old. These flattened-top mountains already existed when the continental plates of America and Africa were still joined. The one hundred tepuis that exist are declared Natural Monuments and most of them are within the fifth largest national park in the world: the Canaima National Park.

Canaima is located within the Bolivar State, the largest in the South American country and borders Brazil to the south, occupying a whopping 3,000,000 hectares.

Angel Falls Venezuela
Angel Falls Venezuela

The Roraima or Auyán tepuis have been loud in recent years among lovers of pure, impressive, authentic landscapes. Known for a long time thanks to the famous novel The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, these sacred mountains for the Pemon Indians - the inhabitants of the National Park - are an authentic botanical and fauna paradise as well as geological, with species and formations that are not found nowhere else on Earth.

They are also known for hosting, in this world of jungle, savanna and water, one of the most sublime corners of all that exist in world nature: the Angel Falls (Terepekupay merú). With its almost 1,000 meters of free fall of water, it is the highest waterfall on the planet.

Angel Falls Venezuela
Angel Falls Venezuela

History of the Holy Angel


Although the true discoverer of Angel Falls is actually a Spaniard, the military Félix Cardona - who first sighted it in 1927, his name was given in honor of Jimmy Angel, an American who flew over it to try to estimate its height and acquired great popularity after the accident when landing on the summit of Auyán Tepui in 1935, from where the jump is precipitated, when he was trying to find gold on this peak. Jimmy Angel lived to tell the tale and it was in 1949 that a National Geographic Society Expedition set his official height at 979 meters

Today, without having to play the guy like Jimy Angel, it is possible to observe the immense jump either from the air (in tourist planes that offer the spectacle of flying over it next to the Auyán and the Devil's Canyon) or, as we recommend, going up the Carrao River from the Canaima Lagoon and sailing to the very base of the waterfall.

Angel Falls Venezuela
Angel Falls Venezuela

The Canaima Lagoon is already a true spectacle of water full of waterfalls (Sapo, Sapillo, Hacha, Golondrina, Ara, etc.) of great showiness and flow. Curiaras (local wooden boats) depart from the port of Ucaima that offer the service and that will go up the Carrao River to overcome Orquídea Island (2 hours) and then take the Churún River and enter the Devil's Canyon. After overcoming different rapids, 3 more hours of navigation through Churún take us to Ratón Island.

To avoid the first rapids that we will find as soon as we leave, it will be necessary to get off the boat and walk 25 minutes along a dirt road between the Savannah. Once in Isla Ratón, it is necessary to disembark at this camp on Isla Ratón and walk 30 minutes up the jungle until reaching the viewpoint that puts us in front of the greatest water spectacle in the form of a waterfall of how many eyes have ever seen.

It is possible to continue the walk for five more minutes and reach the icy waters of the pool at the base, where we can take a bath before returning to the red and clean waters of Churún.

Angel Falls Map