Angel Falls

#62 - Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
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It's where angels fall from the sky to visit earth.
Or at least it seems like an appropriate place for this to happen. It's beautiful to look at and that's what inspires the name - or at least Jimmie Angel thought so. He was the first to fly over the falls in a plane. Salto Angel literally translates to "waterfall of the deepest place" and it is Venezuela's, and the world's, highest waterfall measuring 3,212 ft. high, impressive enough to make it our #62 AbsoluteVisit.
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Angel Falls front clouds
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Angel Falls front, from the bottom
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Angel Falls, front, looking up
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Angel Falls, front, sky, clouds
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Angel Falls, lower falls, jungle
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Angel Falls, through the trees
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Angel Falls, whole view
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  • Over 2,600 feet (792 meters) high, Angel Falls stacks up to be fifteen times higher than Niagara Falls. The longest continuous drop within the falls is over 2,625 feet (800 meters) long.
  • Angels Falls begins from the peak of Mount Auyantepui, which, when translated, turns out to mean Devils Mountain; a somewhat ironic origin for a sight named Angel Falls.
  • During the rainy season, Angel Falls actually splits into two separate falls, creating a spray that can be felt from almost a mile (1.6 km) away!
  • The discovery of the falls was unusual to say the least. An American pilot named Jimmy Angel crash-landed his plane near the top of the falls onto Mount Auyantepui in 1937 and spread the word of his fantastic discovery.
 

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