The most amazing waterfalls in the world

There are different regions on the planet that have the most amazing waterfalls in the world, and this can be influenced by their great fall, the landscape that characterizes them or their dimensions. Regardless of where they are located, many of them have been named World Heritage Sites. If you want to know which are some of the most outstanding ones, we will talk about them in detail below.

1. El Salto Angel – Venezuela

First of all, it is worth starting with what has been considered the highest waterfall in the world. Angel Falls, located in Venezuela, has a drop of 979 meters. It was discovered in 1933, while aviator James Angel was flying over the Venezuelan jungles. It is located in the Canaima National Park, making it a natural wonder.

In addition, the environment of this waterfall has been the source of inspiration for certain movies, such as Up or Avatar. Since 1994 it has been a World Heritage Site and is one of the main attractions in Venezuela. However, its access is a little more complicated compared to other waterfalls, since the area is isolated due to the thickness of the jungle.

2. Tugela Falls – South Africa

In Drakensberg, we can find the Tugela Falls, which are in second place among the most amazing and highest waterfalls in the world. They have a height of 948 meters. When arriving to this place, there are 2 routes that can lead us to the falls. These are divided into 5 waterfalls and in the rainy season produces one of the most beautiful landscapes of South Africa.

These waterfalls are located within the Natal Real National Park, in a region known as the ‘Dragon Mountains’. To reach the highest point of the waterfall you have to climb, but the effort is worth it when you are at the top.

3. Iguazu Falls – Brazil & Argentina

These great waterfalls are formed by more than 270 waterfalls. Among them, most of them are located on the Argentinean side. The highest waterfall is 80 meters high and it is La Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), which is located in the Brazilian territory. In order to visit them in their entirety, in the park there is an ecological train that brings tourists to the waterfalls, where you can also appreciate the local flora and fauna.

4. Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe and Zambia

They were named after Queen Victoria of England and were discovered by David Livingstone. They are characterized as one of the greatest gifts of nature in the area of Southern Africa. The Zambezi River falls into the falls with a neck 108 meters deep. The local people know them as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means ‘The thundering water’. They are located between the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

5. Niagara Falls – Canada and the United States

These are other border waterfalls, which are located in the northeastern end of the American continent. Although it is not its height of 52 meters that usually attracts tourists and visitors, the amazing breadth of its front is incomparable, reaching 56 kilometers. Niagara means thunder of water, and this is due to the fact that the amount of water per second that falls is 3000 tons.

6. Skogafoss – Iceland

In Iceland we can find true wonders in terms of waterfalls, there are also many volcanoes and unique landscapes. Skogafoss is located in the southern part of the island, where the Skoga river falls into the cliffs of the coast and plunges in a fall that is around 60 meters along with 125 meters wide. The water plummets into a set of black stones that make a good combination with the emerald color of the slopes.

7. Vinnufallet Waterfall – Norway

In Norway there is a waterfall that has established itself as the highest in the European continent. It has a depth of 865 meters and is located in the town of Sunndalsøra, in Norway. It can be easily seen from road 70 and its access is very simple.

8. Yosemite Falls – United States

Yosemite Falls is also one of the highest waterfalls found in North America. And although Niagara Falls steals the show, this waterfall is also very important and has a height of 739 meters. The water of this waterfall falls in three very particular sections when it reaches the bottom. It is located in Yosemite National Park, being a stepped waterfall with a maximum width of 28 meters.

9. Epupa Falls – Namibia

These waterfalls are located in one of the most remote areas of Namibia. However, they are a true paradise for those who love nature. It is a waterfall on the Kunene River, being one of the most outstanding in southern Africa.

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The river rushes through the rocks and creates a beautiful set of crystal clear water pools. It is located in Himba territory and its highest waterfall has an altitude of 40 meters, but it is formed by different waterfalls that produce an arc of approximately 1.5 km in length.

10. Olo’upena Falls, Hawaii – USA

It is a 900-meter fall located in the United States, specifically on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, which is surrounded by mountains. It is one of the highest sea cliffs in the world, adorned with very high and narrow waterfalls, which are kept constant due to the rains. Thanks to the current, it generates a set of horsetail falls that go from the edge of the cliff until reaching its green face towards the sea. You can see it in one of the private tours to the island of Hawaii.

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