Canaima National Park is located along the borders of Brazil and Guyana in the southeastern region of Venezuela. The national park boundaries encompass an area of 12,000 square miles (30,000 sq km).
Canaima is the second largest national park in the country and the sixth largest national park in the world. The majority of the park is accounted for by plateaus rock formations known as tepuis. These table-top plateau mountains feature near vertical walls reaching heights over 3,000 feet (1,000 m).
The most stunning tepuis in the park are Mount Roraima and Auyantepui. Mount Roraima is the tallest tepui in the park and also the one the is most accessible for climbing. Auyantepui is the most renowned serving as the location of Angel Falls.
The national park features Angel Falls which is the tallest waterfall in the world. Angel Falls reaches a height of 3,212 feet (979 m) creating the tallest uninterrupted waterfall with and initial plunge of 2,648 feet (807 m) followed by another 1,300 feet (400 m) of sloped cascading falls. A second plunge of 98 feet (30 m) occurs a little further down river.
Locally, Angel Falls is referred to as the “waterfall of the deepest place,” or “the fall from the highest point.” It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of South America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Predators that might be seen in the area include the cougar and jaguar. Other possible wildlife includes the giant armadillo, the giant otter, two-toed sloth, the green iguana, and the green dart frog. Birdlife includes the dusky parrot, harpy eagle, hummingbirds, red-shoulder macaw, and toucans.
- Angel Falls
- Mount Roraima
Without question, the highlight of Canaima National Park is Angel Falls. This is the tallest waterfall in the world and the tallest uninterrupted plunge as well. The park is the 6th largest park in the world, but most of that is unexplored wilderness protected by the Venezuelan government.
Reaching Angel Falls is an adventure itself with visitors taking canoes through the rainforest of the national park. It is a relaxing journey with an opportunity to see the abundant flora and fauna.
Beautiful World, Angel Falls, https://www.beautifulworld.com/south-america/venezuela/angel-falls/, retrieved September 2019.
Britannica, Angel Falls, https://www.britannica.com/place/Angel-Falls, retrieved September 2019
New World Encyclopedia, Angel Falls, https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Angel_Falls, retrieved September 2019.
UNESCO, Canaima National Park, https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/701/, retrieved September 2019.
World of Waterfalls, Angel Falls, https://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/waterfalls/latin-america-angel-falls/, retrieved September 2019