Angel Falls or Salto Ángel (indigenous name: Kerepakupay Vená) is the world’s highest free-falling waterfall at 3,212 feet with an uninterrupted drop of 2,648 feet lying in the Canaima National Park, Venezuela. It is situated on the Churún River, an affluent of the Carrao. Curún in indigenous Pemón language means “thunder.”

Angel Falls is located in the Guayana highlands, one of the five topographical regions of Venezuela. It plunges off the edge of a tepui, or table-top mountain, called Auyan Tepui (“Devils Mountain”). It is 500 feet wide at its base and in total is 15 times higher than America’s Niagara Falls Angel Falls in Venezuela, which plunge 979 m vertically.

Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions, despite its remoteness and the absence of roads leading to nearby villages. One of the world’s great natural wonders, Angel Falls inspires feelings of awe in the hearts of those who make the journey.

Although sighted in the early twentieth century by the explorer Ernesto Sanchez La Cruz, the waterfall was not known to the Western world until it was visited in 1935 by the American aviator, James Crawford Angel, on a flight while searching for a valuable ore bed. In 1936, he returned and landed his plane at the top of the waterfall. The falls are currently named “Angel Falls” after him; interestingly, the indigenous name for the falls means “Devil’s Mouth.”


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