Venezuela travel guide



Venezuela Travel Guide

The Angel Falls

The Angel Falls is one of the most stirring natural wonders of the world and there is no doubt of who visits so majestic natural spectacle gets marveled by its beauty.

The Angel Falls also known as Churun Merú or Kerepakupai merú by the natives or simply in Spanish Salto Angel is the world's highest waterfall and is located in the Canaima National Park, in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State. The waters fall freely some 807 meters (2,648 feet) and reach the bottom of the valley as a misty spray that gathers into a small creek which eventually finds its way into the north-bound Churun River.

The discovery of the Angel Falls is attributed to an American aviator called James Angel while he was on an exploratory trip in search of ore bed in 1937; James tried to land his plane on the top of the flat-top mountain, called Auyantepui (translated to mean "devil's canyon"), but the plane was damaged in the process. However, James was not the first who discovered the falls, in 1912 the Venezuelan explorer Ernesto Sanchez La Cruz was how first saw the falls but he did not published his discovery.

There are two ways to see the Angel Falls. One is by airplane and the other one is by an arduous journey that involves a vehicle with 4-wheel-drive to the river, then an upstream canoe ride to another vehicle, a trip through rapids and finally an hour hike through the hilly jungle to the base of the falls.

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