Latin America Travel & Tour Information
Angels Falls Travel Information
The world's highest waterfall
If the whole itinerary begins to the south of the Orinoco River in the State of Bolívar, this is the region where Guyana's plateaus spread out. Known as the 'lost island', it is the birthplace of 'tepuyes', flat-topped high mountains. Some of the most remarkable are Auyan-tepuy or Devil's Mountain, from which the Angel's Fall originates and becomes the world's highest waterfall at 979 meters. The 807-meter uninterrupted waterfall lies within Canaima National Park, one of Venezuela 46 protected areas and the planet's largest, bigger than Belgium's surface.
The waterfall was originally named 'kerepakupai-merú' in the local tongue, meaning 'water fall into the deepest spot'. However, the world-known name for this natural marvel came from the American pilot Jimmy Angel, the first to land on the Auyan-tepuy's summit in 1937.
The best time to take a closer look at the waterfall comes in between June and December, time of the year when rivers carry enough water for navigation on 'curiaras', wooden boats used for this trip.
Getting there is no easy task; this is an isolated spot amid the endless jungle, but it is worth every minute. On a land trip, stop at 'Laime' lookout for the best photos of the waterfalls. Another option is to hire the services of a local operator that can arrange a plane or helicopter trip.