Waterfalls are one of nature’s greatest wonders. Torrents of white water, clouds of shimmering mist, and the rhythmic roar of the deluge evoke awe and amazement in everyone. In our opinion, taking a trip to visit one of these waterfalls should be mandatory. While everyone has heard of Niagara Falls—and they are an amazing sight—discover ten more majestic waterfalls from around the world.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls has a simple beauty: a single plume of water falling from the tall mesa of rock glowing in the sun. You must see the falls from a distance if you want to absorb the unfathomable size and beauty of the plunge. We can only imagine what it was like for Jimmie Angel, an American aviator who first flew over the plateau in a small plane and saw the falls from the air. While renamed in his honor, the site should be known as Kerapakupai Meru (“Waterfall of the Deepest Place”) or Parakupa Vena (“The Fall from the Highest Point”) in indigenous Pemoan. The water falls over 3,212 feet (979 meters) including 1313 feet (400 meters) of rapids at the bottom of the mesa.
Visitors to Iceland are always awed by the brutal moonscape of volcanic rock, water, and ice. Erupting from the mossy hills and plunging towards the rocks below is Skogafoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. The striking contrast between the black sand, the effervescent water (often glittering with rainbows), and the bright green grass is just magnificent. Found on the southern coast of the country on cliffs that run parallel to the ocean, the Skoga River tumbles over the cliffs and falls 200 feet (60 meters) into a stream that flows through the volcanic gravel towards the ocean. There’s even a legend that one of the first Viking settlers, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried treasure in a cave behind the waterfall.