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Discover the South American Waterfalls

Waterfalls have a special energy. They are fascinating, evoke power, and generate a number of legends around them, such as the myth of what lies behind the water curtain.

Did you know that the world’s highest waterfalls are located in South America?

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Pack Waterproof Clothing and Head for the South American Waterfalls

Are you thinking of going waterfall hunting or experience waterfall tourism? These are five vacation destinations you cannot miss if you want to take a close look at a truly impressive natural spectacle:

1. Gocta, Peru

Water streams drop to the tropical jungle from a height of 770 meters. According to the legend, this waterfall, the world’s third highest, is guarded by a beautiful mermaid, as a gold treasure is supposed to be hidden somewhere behind the water curtain.

2. Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron), Ecuador

Here you can see the water disperse through numerous waterfalls. A rock located in the center of one of the falls resembles a devil’s nose, which has given the name to this impressive group of falls.

3. Salto Ángel (Angel Falls), Venezuela

It is the world’s highest waterfall. With an impressive height of 979 meters, it is a landmark of the Venezuelan Canaima National Park.

4. Sapo Falls, Venezuela

One of the most remarkable characteristics of this South American waterfall is that you can walk behind its water curtain, which is approximately 100 meters long.

5. Iguazu – Brazil, Argentina

For many, Iguazu are South America’s most spectacular waterfalls. Located in the subtropical jungle, they comprise a total of 275 falls, covering a surface area of 2.7 kilometers.

Pure Awe: Experience the Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls are higher than the Niagara and wider than the Victoria falls.

Visitors expect much more than merely large amounts of water. Waterfalls are not just about large quantities of water continuously submerging into deep waters, but also about the fantastic flora and fauna that extends around them.

In the mid-eighties, the Iguazu Falls were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you love adventure, thrills, and do not mind getting wet, you can get even closer to the falls on an inflatable boat. Bear in mind that this will be a very loud environment, as the sound of water falling from such heights is deafening.

Another special characteristic is that the falls extend longitudinally between Argentina and Brazil, though most of them are located in the Argentinian side.

South America’s Superlative Fall

Those wanting to visit South America’s highest waterfall (and, therefore, the world’s highest waterfall), the Angel Fall, must be wondering about the best ways to get there. You can book helicopters in Canaima to visit the Angel Fall and its surroundings.

Bonus tip: the falls are at their most impressive during rain season, which extends from May to November.

Have fun on this wet adventure trip!

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