A Lost World Where Angel Falls Plunges off Devil’s Mountain [38 PICS]

October 15th, 2011 Permalink

Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall, is on the table-top mountain of Auyantepui which means “Mountain of Evil” or “Devil’s Mountain” in the native Pemon people’s language. This amazing waterfall is 3,212 feet high and plunges 2,648 ft over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Angel Falls is 19 times higher than Niagria Falls and is one of the 28 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition — in fact it is considered to be a highly probable winner. Although this famous waterfall is one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions, it’s not so easy for the faint of heart to reach. Traversing through the jungle is a surreal adventure in itself and has been compared to traveling through a “Lost World.” There is an isolated jungle to trek, a flight to reach Canaima camp, and then a river trip to reach the base of the falls. Some adrenaline junkies make this journey for one reason, adventurous ‘angels’ come to fall off Devil’s Mountain. [38 Photos & 2 Videos]

Angel Falls world's highest free-falling waterfall

Angel Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall, is located deep within the Canaima National Park in Venezuela. The trek through the jungle is a surreal adventure in itself and has been compared to traveling through a “Lost World.” Photo #1 by My[confined]Space

Rainbow Jambaia - the climb

Voilà —adrenaline junkies climbing up ‘Devil’s Mountain’ to reach Angel Falls on a path known as Rainbow Jambaia. Rainbow Jambaia Ascent Team Photos #2 by Evrard Wendenbaum, Arnaud Petit and Nicolas Kaliszvia via planetFear


Salto Angel (Angel Falls) Venezuela, official name - Kerepakupai merú

Rainbow and Kerepakupai Vená which, in the native Pemon language means “waterfall of the deepest place” or Parakupá Vená, meaning “the fall from the highest point.” Photo #3 by benedict.adam

Canaima, Venezuela

After making it through the dense tropical jungle, reaching Angel Falls takes about 5 hours by riding in a dugout canoe upstream from this Canaima village in Venezuela. Photo #4 by NileGuide.com

Angel falls panoramic, Composed of 21 individual pictures

This panoramic was composed of 21 individual pictures. Photo #5 by Jlazovskis

Salto del Angel

After adventurers have trekked through a dense tropical jungle and taken a canoe for a long river trip to reach the base of the falls, they have called this area ‘The Lost World.’ The environment is unique with flora and fauna of all kinds. There are hundreds of species of orchids and other vegetation. Even on the sheer high cliffs of the tepuis, there are clumps of insect-eating pitcher plants clinging to the bare rock. There is an incredible variety of tropical wildlife in the area: monkeys, poison arrow frogs, cougars, jaguars, toucans, South American Bushwhackers, giant anteaters, giant armadillos, giant otters, and two-toed sloths. Photo #6 by Erik Cleves Kristensen

El salto Ángel - Kerepakupai-merú

Angel Falls is 19 times higher than Niagria Falls. The height from which this world’s highest free-falling waterfall plunges is so great that, before getting anywhere near the ground, much of the water is evaporated or carried away as a fine mist by the strong wind. Photo #7 by Inti

Climbing Angel Falls, camping on the cliff via adrenaline junkies hanging while they sleep

Climbing Angel Falls, route Rainbow Jambaia ascent, is no easy feat. So what do adrenaline junkies do when they tire? They camp on the cliffs of Devil’s Mountain, hanging as they sleep. Rainbow Jambaia Ascent Team Photos #8 by Evrard Wendenbaum, Arnaud Petit and Nicolas Kaliszvia via planetFear

Canaima National Park Waterfalls

Canaima National Park was established in 1962 and was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. It is the second largest park in the Venezula and is the size of Belgium or Maryland. The most famous tepuis, or table-top mountains, in the park are Mount Roraima which is the tallest and easiest to climb, and Auyantepui which has Angel Falls. Photo #9 by Frank Müller

Looking up at Angel Falls

Looking up at Angel Falls, descending from Auyantepui. Photo #10 by Brothersoft Wallpapers

Spectacular Angel Falls in Canaima National Park

Spectacular view of the equally spectacular waterfall during the climb up Angel Falls. Photo #11 by Rafael Estrella

Angel Falls, Bolívar State, Venezuela on giant tepuis Auyantepu

These table-top mountains, tepuis, are the oldest exposed formations on the earth; its origin dates back to Precambrian. Over the course of Earth’s history, the plateau eroded and formed the tepuis. Auyantepui, with the world-renowned waterfall, is not the largest but is still a giant among the massive table-top mountains; it encompasses 250 sq mi (650 km2) with a 8,317 feet (2,535 meters) peak. Photo #12 by Nany Enciso

Kerepakupai-merú

Kerepakupai Vená, aka Angel Falls, is located deep within the heart of Canaima National Park in Venezuela. It borders Brazil and Guyana. The flat-topped rock plateaus take up about 65% of the park and are millions of years old. The sheer cliffs and waterfalls make for a truly spectacular landscape. Photo #14 by toursholic

Canoes at Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canoes at Canaima National Park, the gateway to Angel Falls. Although tourists can visit many other waterfalls and lagoons from Canaima camp, the main reason visitors fly here is for the three-day, two-night trips to the base of Angel Falls. Photo #15 by J. Quintero

Highest Waterfall in the world Angel Falls, Venezuela

Salto Ángel is Spanish for Angel Falls. Photo #16 by zastavki

Behind Angel Falls

Behind Angel Falls. Photo #17 by Claire Taylor

Jimmie Angel found Salto Angel by 'crashing' this plane

Angel Falls was not known to the outside world until Jimmie Angel flew over them on 1933. But in 1937, Angel returned to the falls with the intention of landing. Despite a successful touchdown, his El Rio Caroní airplane nose-dived when it hit soft ground at the end of its landing run and the wheels sank in the mud making take-off impossible. Angel and the other plane’s occupants were unharmed, but they had to trek across difficult terrain to make their way off the tepui. They had to survive with low food supplies for 11 days, through dangerous waters and jungles, to make it to the nearest settlement at Kamarata. When word got out of their exploits, Angel received near-legendary status in Venezuela and the massively impressive waterfall was named after the bush pilot. His plane stayed at the top of the falls until 1970. It was then re-assembled and can be seen outside the airport terminal at Ciudad Bolívar. Photo #18 by Yosemite

Kerepakupai Vená (also Salto Ángel or Angel Falls in english) is the world's highest free-falling waterfall - located on the Auyantepuy in Canaima National Park, Venezuela

As seen during dry season: Salto Ángel plunges over 3,000 feet into the heart of the rain-forest. Photo #19 by Yosemite

Angel Falls Base jumping Freefall

Base jumping adrenaline rush anyone? This is the view When angels free-fall off Devil’s Mountain. Photo #20 by venezolanisimo

Almost like bathing at the foot of Angel Falls

The photographer said it was almost like bathing at the foot of Angel Falls. Photo #21 by Erik Cleves Kristensen

Auyantepui - Angel Falls - Tepui

Auyantepui – Angel Falls – Tepui. Photo #22 by Rafael Estrella

View of the Salto Angel taken during dry season, when the falls have a small discharge

View of the Kerepakupai Vená taken during dry season, when the waterfall has a small discharge. Photo #23 by Berrucomons

Aerial of Angel Falls

Aerial of Angel Falls. Photo #25 by Blic Forum

Canaima National Park Landscape, Venezuela

Lost world landscape – Canaima National Park, Venezuela. Photo #26 by Kirill Golyshev

Top view of a Tepuy

Top view of a tepui which means “house of the gods” in the native tongue of the Pemon, the indigenous people who inhabit the Gran Sabana. Photo #27 by Inti

Canaima - Salto Angel

The falls are located in this isolated jungle, so getting here generally takes a flight from Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolívar to reach the Canaima camp which is the starting point for river trips to the base of the falls. River trips usually take place from June to December, when the rivers are deep enough for the wooden curiaras used by the Pemon guides. During December to March which is the dry season, there is much less water than during the wet season. Photo #28 by Rafael Estrella

Angel Falls the artistry of nature in all her glorious wonder

Seeing this artistry of nature in person is on my bucket list before I die. Photo #29 by DesktopNexus

Rainbow Jambaia climbing and camping cliffs

Auyantepuy rock climbers and cliff campers along the Rainbow Jambaia ascent to the top of Angel Falls. Rainbow Jambaia Ascent Team Photos #30 by Evrard Wendenbaum, Arnaud Petit and Nicolas Kaliszvia via planetFear

Treking through the jungle to Angel Falls

Taken while trekking through the jungle to Angel Falls. As the Río Gauja river nears the edge of the sandstone plateau, Auyantepui mountain, it sinks into bedrock channels and disappears underground completely. But then it emerges again 50 feet below the top of the cliff and plunges a sheer 2,648 feet to the floor of the canyon below. Photo #31 by Poco a poco

lovely angel falls

Michael Anderson’s ‘Where The Dark River Rises.’ Staring at this magnificent image, can you almost hear hidden dinosaurs roaring like in the Land of the Lost? Photo #32 by Michael Anderson via Earthshots

Waterfalls of Canaima

Waterfalls of Canaima. Photo #33 by Fabrizio Morroia

Grandeur of Angel Falls

Could you jump off the top of this waterfall? Some adrenaline junkies can. Photo #34 by Poco a poco

Majestic Angel Falls

Majestic Salto Ángel. For BASE jumpers who might not want to climb Devil’s Mountain to the top of the waterfall, a typical trip includes: a flight, a jungle boat trip, a helicoptor ride to the top of Auyantepui mountain, and then they BASE jump Angel Falls. Photo #36 by Fantom-XP

Chinak-Meru Aponguao

Chinak-Meru Aponguao, like Angel Falls, is also in Canaima National Park. Photo #37 by Tony Jose Araujo

Salto Angel from Raton

Angel Falls as seen from Raton, Venezula. According to the World Waterfall database, Kerepakupai Merú, or Parekupa-vena are the proper names given to Angel Falls by the indigenous Pemon Indians. The name Angel Falls, as the world knows it, was bestowed upon the falls after James Angel, a bush pilot who crash-landed his plane on the mountain above the falls in November of 1933 while conducting aerial prospecting surveys in the area. The falls were, however, first seen by a non-native in 1912 when Venezuelan explorer Ernesto Sanchez la Cruz stumbled upon the falls. His name is not often attached with the waterfalls because he did not seek to publicize his find. Photo #38 by Yosemite

Wild adventure of making it to Angel Falls for the express purpose of jumping off. Adrenaline junkies on an adrenaline vacation: BASE jumping. #39

Angel Falls – [HD]. #40


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