World's Highest Free-falling Waterfall

Take a look at the picture above. This is Angel Falls, the world's highest free-falling waterfall at 979 m (3,212 ft), with a clear drop of 807 m (2,468 ft). It is located in the Canaima National Park, in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State, Venezuela at 5°58′03″N, 62°32′08″W coordinates.

In the indigenous Pemon language Angel Falls is called Kerepakupai merĂº meaning "waterfall of the deepest place". The height of the Angel falls is so great that before getting anywhere near the ground, the water is buffeted by the strong winds and turned into mist. The base of the falls feeds into the Kerep river, which flows into the Churun River, a tributary of the Carrao River.

The waterfalls was named after an American aviator called James "Jimmie" Crawford Angel. It was first sighted by the Venezuelan explorer Ernesto Sanchez La Cruz in 1912. But he did not publicize his discovery. On 16 November 1933 Crawford Angel flew over the waterfalls on a flight while he was searching for a valuable ore bed. Then, on 9 October 1937, Angel tried to land his Flamingo monoplane "El Rio Caroni" atop Auyan-tepui but the plane was damaged. So, he and his three companions, including his wife Marie were forced to descend the tepui on foot, that took them 11 days. That's why in honor of him the waterfall was later named as "Angel Falls".

The official height of the falls was determined by a National Geographic Society survey carried out by American journalist Ruth Robertson in 1949.

Angel falls is an important tourist attractions in Venezuela. But a trip to Angel falls is not so easy. To see the base of the falls you need to go on a river trip to the isolated and dense forest. Well, you can also book a flight to go for an aerial view.