May 20, 2008

Angel Falls

Angel Falls 

In the year 1935, an American pilot-adventurer, Jimmy Angel, saw the falls for the first time from his plane while exploring the wilderness of Venezuela's Guiana Highlands in search of gold. He found immortality instead.

The waterfall that bears his name is spectacle of extraordinary beauty. Spilling over the edge of a reddish white sandstone escarpment, the jet of gilstening white water knifes downward and dissolves in a frenzy of spray in a dark green jungle setting. The water first plummets in a single unbroken cascade of 2648 feet (807 meters), hits an obstruction, then hurtles down for another 564 feet (172 meters). With a total drop of 3212 feet (979 meters). The height of the falls is so great that before getting anywhere near the ground, the water is buffeted by the strong winds and turned into mist. Often shrouded in mist and pelted by rain, the plateau is known by its Indian name of Auyan Tepui ("Devil's Mountain"). Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world. From the top of the escarpment to the foot of the gorge, the waters plummet for a distance equal to nearly 20 times the height of Niagara Falls.

Angel Falls is one of the Venezuela's top tourist spots, but even today, a trip to the falls is a very complicated one. The falls are located in an isolated jungle of Venezuela, and a flight from Puerto Ordaz  is required to reach canaima camp, the starting point for river trips to the base of the falls. River trips generally take place from June to December, when the rivers are deep enough for the wooden curiaras used by the Pemon guides. During the dry season ie. from December to March there is less water seen than in any other months.

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