Angel is dwelling among the jungles of the Canaima National Park which has almost no roads. Further, the closes civilized place is 600 km away. The international name Angel is the Spanish pronunciation of the discoverer’s name. The ancient Indians call it the waterfall of the deepest place.
The jungles around Auyan-tepui are the habitat for jaguars, pumas, monkeys, giant anteaters, and other members of the local fauna. More than 300 species of plants, including endemic ones existing only in this geographic region and nowhere else. 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 starts from Churun River which falls over the edge of the Auyantepui table mountain.
From 1990 the highest waterfall Angel is open for tourists. 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 UNESCO has inscribed the waterfall together with Canaima National Park as a World Heritage Site. American aviator James Angel officially discovered this waterfall 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.
History of the Highest Waterfall
The landing on Auyan-tepui was not successful. The aircraft damaged. The pilot and his companions had to go back on foot which took them 11 days to descend the tepui. For 33 years, the plane had remained in the same place. Now it stands outdoors in the front of the airport at Ciudad Bolívar.
The beautiful scenery of falling water from the height of 800 meters disperses in the smallest particles and turns into a fog before reaching the ground, can be seen from several kilometers away.