Angel Falls

Some photos from our vist to Angel Falls in September 2007.


The start of a stunning, stunning day !!!

After staying overnight at Canaima Lagoon we were up at 4.15am to start our 60km
 motorised canoe trip up Rio Churun to the base of Angel Falls

It was a magic sight seeing the Tepui appearing out of the dawn mists

Our first close-up glimpse of Angel Falls

To get closer to the falls we walked through the jungle for 2 hours

Eventually we reached the closest lookout point at the end of the track

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

The 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".

They 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.

Returning 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

The stunning view from our front door

This stunning 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 !!!!!

Last looks at Canaima Lagoon as we flew out

Angel Falls from the plane

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