Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, bringing the world’s attention is now focused on this Latin America country. Angel Falls or in Spanish called Salto Ángel is the highest waterfall in the world with a height of 979 meters or about 3,212 feet with no barriers fall around 807 meters (2647 feet). The waterfalls is located in the Rio Caroni, Canaima National Park, Venezuela.
Angel Falls was discovered by explorers called Ernesto de Santa Cruz in the early 20th century. But at the time, this waterfall is still not known to the world until it was rediscovered by U.S. airmen, James Crafword Angel. In 1936, James Angel landed his plane near a waterfall because it is looking for gold mines. To remember him as the inventor of this extraordinary natural scenery, waterfalls called Angel Falls.
The common Spanish name “Salto Ángel” derives from his surname. In 2009, President Hugo Chávez announced his intention to change the name to the purported original indigenous Pemon term (“Kerepakupai Vená”, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place“), on the grounds that the nation’s most famous landmark should bear an indigenous name.
Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions, though a trip to the falls is a complicated affair. The falls are located in an isolated jungle. A flight from Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolívar is required to reach Canaima camp, the starting point for river trips to the base of the falls. River trips generally take place from June to December, when the rivers are deep enough for the wooden curiaras used by the Pemon guides. During the dry season (December to March) there is less water seen than in the other months.