To get closer to the
falls we walked through the jungle for 2 hours
Angel Falls is
the Earth's highest waterfall on Earth at 979 metres, with a clear drop
of 807 metres.
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.
The view from a kilometre away. You could feel the spray from here
base of the falls feeds into the Churun
River, a tributary of the Carrao River.
In the indigenous Pemon language Angel Falls is called Parekupa-meru meaning "waterfall of the deepest place".
were sighted in 1910 by the Venezuelan explorer Ernesto Sanchez La Cruz,
but he did not publicize his discovery.
They were not known to the outside world until the American aviator James "Jimmie" Crawford Angel flew over them
on 16 November 1933 on a flight while he was searching for a valuable ore bed.
on 9 October 1937, Angel tried to land his Flamingo monoplane "El Rio
Caroni" atop Auyan-tepui
but the plane was damaged when the wheels sunk into the marshy ground and he and his three companions,
including his wife Marie, were forced to descend the tepui on foot.
It took them 11 days to make their way back to civilization but news of their adventure spread
and the waterfall was named "Angel Falls" in his honor.
Angel's plane remained on top of the tepuy for 33 years before being lifted out by helicopter.
The official height of the falls was determined by a National Geographic Society survey carried out in 1949.
Back through the jungle, and on to Canaima in the motorised canoe.
Our hotel overlooking the lagoon
stunning view from our front door
day finished with a concert by the children from the local village
after dinner at our hotel
Then the children got us up
to dance with them. We enjoyed it.
What a fantastic day !!!!!
looks at Canaima Lagoon as we flew out
Falls from the plane