Sunday, May 15, 2016

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Jermaín Odremán used a drone to capture this breathtaking footage of the falls in all their towering glory, taking the viewer over the edge of the cliff and revealing how the water falls so far that it vanishes from our sight:

Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, Venezuela. At a height of 3,212 feet and a plunge of 2,648 feet, this is the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall.  The falls are on the Orinoco River (alternatively known as the Kerep River or Kerepacupai), which flows into the Churun River, a tributary of the Carrao River. 

from: Wikipedia

Canaima National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Canaima) is a 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi) park in south-eastern Venezuela that roughly occupies the same area as the Gran Sabana region. It is located in Bolívar State, reaching the borders with Brazil and Guyana.

The park was established on 12 June 1962. It is the second largest park in the country, after Parima-Tapirapecó, and sixth biggest national park in the world. It is the size of Belgium or Maryland.
About 65% of the park is occupied by plateaus of rock called tepuis, which are a kind of table-top mountain millions of years old, with vertical walls and almost flat tops. These constitute a unique biological environment and are also of great geological interest. Their sheer cliffs and waterfalls (including Angel Falls, which is the highest waterfall in the world, at 1,002 metres (3,287 ft)) create spectacular landscapes.

The most famous tepuis in the park are Mount Roraima, the tallest and easiest to climb, and Auyantepui, the site of Angel Falls. The tepuis are sandstone and date back to a time when South America and Africa were part of a super-continent.

The park is home to indigenous Pemon Indians, part of the Carib linguistic group. The Pemon have an intimate relationship with the tepuis, and believe they are the home of the 'Mawari' spirits. The park is relatively remote, with only a few roads connecting towns. Most transport within the park is done by light plane from the airstrips built by various Capuchin missions, or by foot and canoe. Pemons have developed some basic and luxurious camps, which are mainly visited by tourists from across the world.

In 1994, the Canaima National Park was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as a natural reserve that has abrupt relief special and unique around the world, the tepuis.

Jasper´s Creek (Canaima National Park)
Well.  Sounds amazing, not that I have the wherewithal to go there and the chops to get to the head of the falls…

Maybe in my next lifetime.  Yeah, that’s it! I’ll come back as some sort of protozoa, and my whole life will pass between going over the falls and floating to the ground in a cloud of mist.

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