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Angel Falls in Venezuela

To get to the tallest waterfall on the planet is a real adventure

Best time: June–early December

Angel Falls
Angel Falls
Angel Falls
Angel Falls
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One of the main attractions of Venezuela is Angel Falls, and it is the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall. It is also one of the hardest waterfalls to reach, hence you won't see tourist crowds or souvenir stalls. With a height of 3,212 ft (979 m) and a plunge of 2,648 ft (807 m), the waterfall cascades beautifully from the edge of Auyán-Tepui Mountain located in the Canaima National Park, part of the Guiana Highlands of south-eastern Venezuela.

Angel Falls, also called Salto Ángel in Spanish or Kerepakupai-merú in Pemón language, is located in an isolated jungle. The local Pemón people used to fear those places, as they believed that evil spirits lived in tepuis, unusual rock formations from sandstone and quartzite. Auyán-Tepui is the largest of these rocks: it occupies an area of 164,819 acres (667 sq km). Auyán-Tepui means "Devil Mountain" in Pemón language. Moreover, the canyon of Churun that surrounds the falls is called Cañón del Diablo.

Best time to visit Angel Falls

The rainy season from June to early December is the best time to see Angel Falls in its full might. July and August tend to be the most popular months to visit Angel Falls as these months receive lots of precipitation. Keep in mind, however, that the rainy season also brings clouds that obscure the view. During the dry season, from December to March, there is less volume in the waterfall, however, it never gets completely dry. The transitional period in April and May brings more rains to the area, so perhaps you should consider visiting at this time of the year. The wet season in Canaima National Park has its perks. Canaima Lagoon and camp that serves as a starting point to explore the waterfall is best accessed by boat. The boats run on the river mostly during the wet season, since it can become too shallow during the dry season .

How to get to Angel Falls

The nearest town to Angel Falls is Canaima. You can get there by a small plane from the airports in Maiquetia, Puerto Ordaz, or Ciudad Bolívar. When you fly to Canaima, you can enjoy your first encounter with Angel Falls, which simply looks stunning from above. You can book a tour to Angel Falls in Canaima, however, it's usually cheaper to get a package deal that includes the flight and lodging. A one-day boat trip on Rio Carrao will get you to the base camp, from where you can start your hike to Angel Falls. The 1.5-hour hike to the outlook platform is quite steep, but the view is definitely worth it. Since your trip will likely take place on the river during the wet season, make sure to pack water-repellent clothes, a mosquito spray, waterproof photo gear, and comfortable waterproof shoes. You will get to spend a lot of time in the jungle, so prepare accordingly.

Things to do at Angel Falls

The trip to Angel Falls is a wonderful adventure itself. Floating in a boat through the jungle accompanied by Pemon guides is incredible! Especially as you get closer to the famous site and enjoy the first glimpse of the gorgeous Angel Falls. Make sure to take a swimming suit as you can get a refreshing dip in the pristine Canaima Lagoon. The best time for swimming is during the summer when the lagoon water is the warmest. There are a few smaller waterfalls tumbling the lagoon, such as Hacha Falls and Salto El Sapo. The beach by the Canaima Lagoon is where you can relax, take some pictures and enjoy more views of the jungle. It's also possible to go canoeing to the base of the falls during the wet period from May to November. Another option is a panoramic flight over Angel Falls on a private plane. The tour to Angel Falls usually lasts three days, but it's possible to stay there for a longer time.

Where to stay at Angel Falls

You can stay at one of the few lodges located by Canaima Lagoon. Waku Lodge and Tapuy Lodge offer comfortable rooms with electricity, running water, and other amenities. There are also more basic options that include camping or sleeping in a hammock with a mosquito net.

Sleeping under the stars is perhaps the best way to fully immerse in the magical atmosphere of the Canaima National Park, surrounded by mystical tupuis and waterfalls. There are many indigenous legends about these places as well as more recent tales of massive gold and diamond finds that were made here in the early 20th century.

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How tall is the waterfall found in Canaima National Park in Venezuela?

The Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, Venezuela is the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall having a height of 3,212 ft (979 m) and a plunge of 2,648 ft (807 m) with beautiful cascades originating from the edge of Auyán-Tepui Mountain located in southeastern Venezuela's Guiana Highlands. Show more

Which season is the best to visit Angel Falls in Venezuela?

The rainy season between June to early December is the best time to visit Angel Falls in Venezuela especially during the month of July and August, as the most substantial rainfall occurs in these months. Taking a boat trip on Rio Carrao is the best way to access Canaima Lagoon which can be reached via a trek of one and a half hours, but clouds may occasionally obscure the view. Show more

What is the way to reach Angel Falls in Venezuela?

The nearest town to Angel Falls in Venezuela is Canaima, which can be reached by airplane from Maiquetia, Puerto Ordaz, or Ciudad Bolívar. After arriving in Canaima, a boat trip on Rio Carrao followed by a trek of 1.5 hours is necessary to reach the outlook platform. Although the hike is rather steep, it's necessary to get the best views. The boat rides run mostly during the wet season in Canaima National Park. Show more

Apart from admiring Angel Falls in Venezuela, what are some other things to do there?

In addition to admiring the beauty of Angel Falls, visitors can also enjoy a refreshing swim in Canaima Lagoon, explore Hacha Falls and Salto El Sapo, take a canoe ride to the bottom of the falls, or opt for a private plane panoramic flight over the Angel waterfall. The Angel Falls tour duration is typically three days, but visitors may opt to stay longer. Show more

What are the lodging options at Angel Falls in Venezuela?

Visitors have a few lodging options at Angel Falls in Venezuela, including the comfortable Waku Lodge and Tapuy Lodge located by the Canaima Lagoon. Another option is camping or sleeping in a hammock with a mosquito net to experience sleeping under the stars in Canaima National Park and to enjoy the mystical atmosphere of the location's tupuis and waterfalls. Show more

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