Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2,648 ft). At its base, it is 150 m (492 ft) wide. The water falls from a flat-topped plateau and appears to leap from the cliff, barely touching the sides of the mountain on the way down. Its local name, Parakupa Vena, means ‘waterfall of the deepest place’; and it is located in the Canaima National Park in Bolivar State.
Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s most popular tourist attractions, but be careful when you visit: during the dry season (December to March), Angel Falls can reduce to just a trickle of water.
Getting to the falls can be an adventure in itself, and once there, sightseeing and photography of the stunning waterfall is the main reward. Base jumping is popular, but dangerous: strong winds blow around the waterfall, and base jumpers jump at low water to avoid these high winds. Still, some of the world’s best jumpers have been killed at Angel Falls.
The falls are located in an isolated and dense jungle, making access difficult. The first part of a journey is usually by aeroplane to Canaima Camp, from where river trips to the base of the falls are led by indigenous Pemon guides in wooden boats known as curiaras. It is also possible to navigate much of the distance by water up the Carrao River, and then the Churun River (around 3.5 hours). From there, there is a one hour walk through the jungle to the base of the falls.
The falls can also be viewed from a distance on Raton Island.