Have you ever heard of Angel Falls Venezuela? These falls are on a river that is usually called the Gauja River, but sometimes it is also known as the Kerep River or even Kerepacupai. This river is a tributary of the Churun River and that river eventually joins with the large Carrao River.
Angel Falls got its name in the middle of the twentieth century. It was named after an American aviator named Jimmie Angel, and he was the first person that made a flight over these falls in the 1930’s. Jimmie Angel was almost certainly not the first person to ever see the tallest waterfall in the world, but he was the first modern person to let the outside world know about them.
Incidentally, he was actually looking for a valuable bed of ore. However, his name has stayed associated with the area. In fact, his ashes were scattered over these falls in 1960.
How To Visit Angel Falls Today
Angel Falls Venezuela has a long and colorful history. There has even been some political discussion about changing the name of the falls to its original name, but the name of “Angel” stuck.
Today it is one of the top tourist attractions in the country, even though it is not easy to travel to the top or base of the falls. It is located in a jungle that is very difficult to travel through. Today, most people land in nearby cities and then they travel to the river. Tourists need to take a river trip, in order to reach the falls by ground.
River trips are scheduled from June through December and this is the time when the river runs deep enough for the common wooden boats to be used. During the dry season, which is December to March, there is usually not enough water in the river to ensure safe transport.
Either climbing up or down the falls is pretty risky business and it is not really a task for an amateur. Of course, professional climbers try to climb up the cliff.
Cultural Mentions Of Angel Falls
People who happened to see UP — an animated Disney film – might notice that these falls inspired some scenes in the movie. However, they were called Paradise Falls, not Angel Falls. This site also makes another appearance in another Disney Film called Dinosaur.
It is also interesting to note that the April of 1938, Popular Science Magazine had a story about Jimmie Angel and the falls. The story was about how a plane pilot sighted the highest waterfall in the world. Flying was still in its early stages back in the 1930s and this was quite an incredible story.
Angel Falls is still the tallest waterfall in the world. It is also a favorite destination with many tourists even though it is hard to get to. The trip requires some travel through the jungle and river. But this waterfall has been an inspiration for politics, movies and culture.