Angel Falls Facts about
The Angel Falls is one of
Venezuela's top tourist attractions, but even today a
trip to the falls is not a simple affair. The falls are located in an isolated
rain forest region of Venezuela, and a flight from Caracas or Ciudad Bolivar is required to reach Canaima camp, the
starting point for river trips to the base of the
It is also possible to purchase a package
that includes an aerial flyby of the falls, by helicopter ride $1800 US an hour
or fifty pounds by Cessna for twenty minutes. The falls cannot be seen on cloudy
days, and there is no guarantee visitors will see
River trips generally take place from June
to December, when the rivers are deep enough for the wooden curiaras used by the
Pemon Indian guides.
During the dry season (December to March) there is less water than is seen in
some photos, but it is also more likely that the top will not be
Angel Falls (Spanish: Salto Angel) is the world's highest
waterfall, with a
height of three thousand, two hundred and twelve feet and a clear drop
of two thousand, six hundred and forty seven feet. It is located in the
Cainama Nation Park, in
the Gran Sabana region
of Bolivar State.
The height of the falls is so great that
before getting anywhere near the ground, the water is atomized by the strong
winds and turned into mist. The mist can be felt a mile away. The base of the falls feeds into the
Kerep River (alternatively known as the Rio Gauya) which flows into the
Churun River, a
tributary of the Carrao River.
In the indigenous Pemon language
Angel Falls is called Kerepakupai meru-meaning "waterfall of the deepest place".
The falls are sometimes referred to as Churun-meru, an error, since that name
corresponds to another waterfall in the Park. Churun in Pemon means
The fictional "Paradise Falls" in the 2009
Pixar film Up was inspired by Angel Falls. The
production staff toured this area of Venezuela prior to the making of the
The first recorded person to
reach the river that feeds the falls was Latvian explorer Aleksandrs Laime, also known as Alejandro Laime to the native Pemon tribe. He made the ascent of Auyan-tepui in 1955. He
also reached Angel's plane on the same trip, 18 years after the crash landing.
He gave the river feeding the falls the name Gauja after a river in Latvia, but
the Pemon-given name of the river, Kerep, is still widely
Laime also was the first to
clear a trail that leads from the Churun river to the base of the falls. On the
way, there is a viewpoint commonly used to capture the falls in photographs. It
is named "Mirador Laime" ("Laime's Viewpoint" in Spanish) in his honour. This trail is used now mostly for
tourists, to lead them from the Isla Raton camp to the small
The official height of the falls
was determined by a National Geographic Society survey carried out by American journalist Ruth
Robertson in 1949.
A book by David Nott, Angels
Four, chronicles the first successful climb up the face of
Auyantepui to the top of the falls.
ALL IN ALL THERE
ARE PRETENDERS TO THE TITLE "HIGHEST" - THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SURVEY IS PROOF
ENOUGH FOR US