Angel Falls – a miracle of nature
Angel Falls is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. It is situated in Venezuela, in the western side of Canaiama National Park, which is the second largest national park in Venezuela. The waterfall begins from a cliff situated just near the top of the mountain Auyán-tepu until it reaches the Devil’s Canyon which is situated 979 meters below. The jet of water is rather narrow when watched from the distance, which only contributes to the breathtaking landscape.
Angel Falls has been discovered only recently, if we can say so, when an American gold prospector named James Crawford (‘Jimmie’) Angel flew across the enormous waterfall in 1933 in his Flamingo monoplane. However, it wasn’t until 1937 that Jimmie Angel returned to the waterfall with his wife and a couple of acquaintances. That time, his plane’s wheels got trapped in the mud, although Angel landed correctly on the Auyán-tepu’s summit and due to this unfortunate happening, he and his companions had to seek a shelter by walking and sharing their limited food supplies. Of course, the word about Jimmie’s expedition spread and soon the waterfall began to carry his name. Today we all know it as the Angel Falls.
Angel Falls should be visited from May to November in order to have a smooth and enjoyable visit. What is more, Canaiama National Park, which is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site, can only be accessed by air. There are no accessible roads or paths on the land. Therefore, if you plan to visit you can be sure you’ll have an unforgettable experience!