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The World's Most Spectacular Waterfalls
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Wow Factor: The undisputed tallest waterfall in the world drops so far—3,212 feet, almost a full kilometer—that it nearly dissolves into a fine mist by the time it hits bottom. Ironically, Angel Falls plunges off a plateau named Auyán-Tepuí (“Mountain of the God of Evil”) in the primordial Canaima National Park, Venezuela’s largest. Viewing the falls involves an adventure to the small Indian village of Canaima (a little more than 400 miles southeast of Caracas), from which a multihour river trip and a soggy hour-long hike takes you to the jaw-dropping vista points.
Keep in Mind: It’s worth chartering an $85 flyover tour through Jungle Rudy Campamento, especially from April to December, when clouds may obscure the top of the falls from lower vantage points.
Base Camp: In Canaima, Jungle Rudy Campamento offers a rustic lodge and bungalows decorated with local artifacts, as well as two cabins near Angel Falls.