The people of Venezuela knew about the Angel falls, since the beginning of time. However, the entire world came to know about it after a United States pilot named Jimmie Angel, accidentally flew over these falls in the year 1935, when he was on a gold hunt expedition in that area.
✦ The Salto Angel falls is the world's highest waterfall. Its height is approximately 3212 feet (979 meters), and the single longest drop is 2648 feet (807 meters). This waterfall originates from the "Auyan-tepui" plateau, located in a highland area called La Gran Sabana. Angel Falls is actually located on one of the tributaries of the Rio Caroni river.
✦ The width of the Angel falls at the base is around five hundred feet. At the base lies the "Río Gauya" river, which further flows towards the Churun river; it is the tributary of the Carrao river.
✦ Owing to its height, much of the water of this fall evaporates midway, or gets carried away by the strong winds that are present in this region. It is believed that the people who are within one mile radius of the falls can get sprayed by the mist coming from them.
The falls have an upper section, from where it plunges around 100 ft., and then enters a cave. Once it emerges from the cave, it takes another 150 ft. plunge. After this, the water directly falls along its long way to the surface. During the rainy season, the Angel Falls splits into a number of waterfalls.
✦ Today, it is included under the Canaima national park, which covers an area of three million hectares. This park is located in the south-western region of Venezuela. Angel falls is surrounded by tropical forests, grasslands, and mesas. There are numerous lagoons, rivers, waterfalls, and savanna all around it.
The beautiful scenery around these falls, their breathtaking height, the silvery blue water, and the surrounding greenery, make this waterfall, one of the places that every avid traveler should visit at least once. Angel falls is one of the topmost tourist attractions in Venezuela; however, taking a trip to this isolated place is not easy.
A person who wants to visit it, can take an aerial trip of the falls, but if the weather is cloudy, they might not be visible. Another alternative is to take a flight from Caracas to reach the Canaima camp. From this camp, river trips towards the base of the falls are undertaken. The best months to visit are from June to December.