One can witness the beauty of Salto Ángel and immerse themselves in the surrounding area.
Situated atop the Auyán-Tepuí plateau in southeastern Venezuela, Salto Ángel is the tallest uninterrupted waterfall on Earth. Although it is located in Parque Nacional Canaima with dense jungle surrounding the natural attraction, one may visit Salto Ángel with a company like Waku Lodge, Kamadac Tours and Expeditions or Nativa Tours Khasen to witness its beauty and immerse themselves in the surrounding area.
Dropping from a height of 3,212 feet and measuring 500 feet wide at the base, Salto Ángel can be viewed from ground level and in the air, although the waterfall was not seen by outlanders until the 1930s.
After American bush pilot Jimmy Angel crash-landed his plane on Auyán-Tepuí, from which Salto Ángel flows, in 1937, the waterfall was named after him, and the 2,646-foot plunge has been visited since.
As Auyán-Tepuí is the largest of all tepuis, or mesas in the Guiana Highlands of South America, the waterfall has captivated adventurists for decades despite its frightening introduction to outsiders, and the falls’ descent into Devil’s Canyon creates a majestic scene given the area’s limited contact with foreigners.
The attraction is located away from any roads, and many visitors travel by boat to explore the landscape before camping for a night near the base of the waterfall.
Several lodging and tour companies offer packages for those who wish to surround themselves with natural beauty, although the area may receive less tourists given the U.S. has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for the country, stating,
“Do not travel to Venezuela due to arrest and detention of U.S. citizens without due process or fair trial guarantees, or as a pretext for an illegitimate purpose; crime; civil unrest; poor health infrastructure; kidnapping; and COVID-19.”
One may still embark on an adventure with Waku Lodge, an accommodation situated on the banks of a lagoon in Parque Nacional Canaima, and spend one or two days touring the landscape in a variety of ways.
Waku Lodge allows customers to ride in vehicles and boats along the Carrao and Churún rivers, as well as trek to the pool at Salto Ángel’s base if conditions permit it. What’s more, explorers can sleep on Isla Ratoncito, located in front of the falls, in hammocks and blankets to experience a 24-hour adventure in the jungle.
Kamadac Tours and Expeditions also offers a memorable excursion, as it provides a three-day trip for interested visitors that consists of a flight in a small light aircraft to Canaima, boat ride, hikes and a swim in the pool at the waterfall’s base, along with stops at significant places like the Mirador Laime vantage point to admire Salto Ángel.
An itinerary from Nativa Tours Khasen involves a similar experience with a short tour through an indigenous community and craft shop and walk through a natural tunnel that may cool off travelers with a douse of flowing water.
Excursionists seeking to develop an understanding of the beauty of Parque Nacional Canaima have an opportunity to do so by visiting Salto Ángel, and trips offered by companies like Waku Lodge, Kamadac Tours and Expeditions and Nativa Tours Khasen may satisfy wanderlust desires.