Angel is located among the jungles of the Canaima National Park which has almost no roads. The closes civilized place is 600 km away. The international name “Angel” is the Spanish pronunciation of the discoverer’s name. The Pemnon Indians call it Kerepakupai Meru, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place” or Parakupá Vená as if “falling from the highest point”.
The jungles around Auyan-tepui are the habitat for jaguars, pumas, monkeys, giant anteaters, iguanas, parrots, colibris and other members of the local fauna.The flora is represented by more than 300 species of plants, including endemic ones existing only in this geographic region and nowhere else on the planet. Being 979 meters high Angel is the biggest waterfall in the world.
You won’t be able to find a single undamaged tree on the top of the Plato due to constant lightning hit it during thunders.The Angel Waterfall in Venezuela was made by the Churun River which literally falls over the edge of the Auyantepui table mountain.
The waterfall was opened for tourists in 1990.This region is one of the most humid in the world.It rains here almost every day,except the dry season from December till March.In 1994 the waterfall together with Canaima National Park was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.The waterfall was officially discovered by the American aviator James Angel in 1933. He noticed it when he was flying over these areas in search of ore, gold and diamond fields.Being accompanied by the research expedition, Angel returned to the waterfall on the Flamingo aircraft in 1937.
The landing on Auyan-tepui was not successful and the aircraft got damaged.The pilot and his companions were forced to go back on foot; it took them 11 days to descend the tepui. For 33 years the plane had remained on the same place,then it was taken for restoration and now it stands outdoors on the front of the airport at Ciudad Bolívar.
Falling from the height of 800 meters and before reaching ground, the water disperses in smallest particles and turns into a fog,that can be seen from several kilometers away.