The spectacle that Nature provides to the eye is one of the greatest and best gifts that humans can enjoy. There are wonders of such harmony and perfection that surpass any artistic endeavor of man. And one of the most beautiful prodigies and of aesthetic value is the cataracts.
We start an amazing tour of the most beautiful and most impressive waterfalls on the planet. Come with us!
1. Salto del Ángel, Venezuela
This waterfall is in Venezuela, more concretely in the National Park of Cannaima. It is the waterfall highest in the world, so it has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in America. In fact, he participated in the official selection of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, remaining with finalist.
The contemplation of this water fall is magical, since the wall of the mountain from which it is produced is practically vertical. The authorities have built a lookout on its front from where it is possible to admire it in its entire splendor. Despite this, the more adventurous tourists have the opportunity to fly over the area in a light aircraft or navigate through the Churún and Carrao rivers.
Do you want to know a curiosity? Due to the strength of the aquifer, the Indians have always considered this area a meeting place for evil spirits, so they called it Mountain of Hell.
2. Niagara Falls, USA And Canada
The Niagara Falls is located in the homonymous river and constitutes one of the most ostentatious natural borders of the planet, serving as a separation between the United States and Canada. They are formed by a set of huge curtains of water of approximately 64 meters of height.
There are excursions inside some of them, offering the possibility of touring the tunnels pierced by water over the centuries. Visitors are often overwhelmed by the strong impulse of water in this area, which resonates in the ears in a thunderous way.
The origin of this beautiful waterfall dates back to the glacial epoch, a huge piece of ice that progressed destroying the rocky surface of the entire Canadian area until creating the river that gives name to this natural masterpiece.
3. Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
On the Iguazú River is this spectacular waterfall, formed by 275 jumps. This gift of Mother Earth keeps the Argentine nation separate from Brazil. The first one has about 80 percent of the jumps, while the second only 20 percent.
You can enjoy boat trips at the foot of the falls and there are also services of ecological trains through which you can reach its banks in the interior of the two national parks of Iguazú. Both reserves have been recognized as a World Heritage Site.
The entire complex was chosen as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World along with other majestic landscapes such as the Amazon River, Puerto Princesa Underground River or Komodo National Park.
4. Dettifoss, Iceland
In the realm of frozen kingdoms, in Iceland, we cannot fail to mention a waterfall that still feeds today from the thawing and melting of usually frozen rivers. Dettifoss is a very wide waterfall of more than 2,500 years old that is in the National Park Vatnajökull, name that responds to the glacier of which leaves.
This waterfall is the largest and largest volume in the whole European territory, as it reaches 100 meters wide. Its size is such that the water vapor that rises due to its enormous fall can be glimpsed more than a kilometer away, so does its incomparable sound.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
Known under the nickname “Thunder Smoke”, its currents plummet from a vertical summit of almost 60 meters in height. One of the most striking features of this cascade is that during the rainy season floods of such magnitude occur that make it impossible to see the curtain that forms and the lower part of it.
These falls, along the Zambezi River, serve as a political division between Zimbabwe and Zambia. They are protected in both regions and are therefore part of conservation areas on both sides of the channel: the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Victoria Falls National Park.