The planet is full of incredible and incomparable landscapes, but few natural wonders provoke the sensations that waterfalls can produce, geological formations that we could define as waterfalls of great height, width and volume of water. In fact, millions of people travel each year to visit some of the most amazing in the world.
Surely you’ve heard of Niagara Falls, Iguazu Falls and Victoria Falls, but surprisingly, they are not among the five largest in the world. Do you want to discover what they are? Well, you know what you have to do! Do not miss anything that we tell you below!
Angel Falls, Venezuela
First of all, we want to talk about Angel Falls, one of the main tourist attractions in Venezuela. It is located in the Canaima National Park, in the state of Bolívar, and, with a height of 970 meters (807 meters of uninterrupted fall), it is considered the highest waterfall in the world. Its name comes from Jimmie Angel , an American aviator who in 1937 formally corroborated the existence and location of this place. You can discover the largest waterfall in the world in two different ways: from a plane or on an excursion through a river and through the jungle.
Tugela Falls, South Africa
In South Africa we find what is considered the second highest waterfall in the world. It is the Salto del Tugela, which is located in the Drakensberg (in Castilian, Mountains of the Dragon), in the Natal Real National Park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The total jump is 947 meters, although it is true that it goes through five falls. Although this place is tremendously beautiful throughout the year, during the winter it can take on an even more special aspect, since the waterfall can freeze into columns of ice.
Las Tres Hermanas waterfalls, Peru
From South Africa we moved to Peru to discover the Tres Hermanas Falls, which are located in the Otishi National Park, in the Department of Junín. It is a waterfall formed by at least three large stepped jumps. With a fall of 914 meters, it is considered the third largest waterfall in the world. On the other hand, it is important to note that the place is surrounded by beautiful virgin forests with great biological diversity. The problem is that getting close can be very dangerous. For this reason, tourists often observe the falls from afar.
Olo’upena Falls, United States
In the United States we can find the Olo’upena or Olouepna Waterfall, the fourth highest in the world, with a 900-meter drop. Located on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, it is surrounded by mountains. It is a waterfall of great beauty, but it can only be seen from the air or the sea, since access is very difficult. Of course, many tourist companies offer guided tours to the site by boat or helicopter. Of course, for this, the appropriate climatic conditions must be given.
Yumbilla Waterfall, Peru
Finally, we want to talk about the Yumbilla Waterfall, a waterfall 895 meters high that is located in the district of Cuispes, in the province of Bongará (department of Amazonas). Although until recently it was an unknown place, today it is visited by many tourists, who are not only amazed by Yumbilla, but by two other huge waterfalls that can be found in the same forest . It is important to bear in mind that, due to the importance of the area, the authorities of the Amazon region are taking actions to protect its natural resources.