Angel Falls or Salto Angel is the highest free-falling waterfall in the world at 978 meters. Until now, no one has been able to capture Angel Falls in 360° video. The AirPano team is the first in the world to demonstrate the world’s highest waterfall in 360° video mode. But that’s not all.
This is our first full scale 8K high definition project. Watching 8K spherical video still requires very powerful resources on the computer, and most viewers will continue to use 4K mode, which will not interfere with the amazing nature of this remote corner of our planet.
Where is the waterfall
Angel Falls is located in the highlands of Guyana, one of the five topographic regions of Venezuela, in South America. It is located on the Carrao River. The Carrao River is a tributary of the Caroni River which eventually flows into the Orinoco. It is not easy to get to the waterfall, as it is located in a dense tropical forest. There are no roads leading to the falls.
Angel Falls falls from the top of a flat mountain, called “tepui” by the natives. A flat mountain called Auyan Tepuy (Devil’s Mountain) is one of more than a hundred like it, scattered in the Guiana Highlands in southeastern Venezuela.
The natives of Venezuela have known about “Salto Angel” since time immemorial.
The waterfall was originally discovered in 1910 by a Spanish explorer named Ernesto Sanchez La Cruz. However, it was not known to the world until the official discovery by the American pilot and gold digger James Crawford Angel, after whom he was named. Angel was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1899.
This enterprising experienced pilot flew over the area in 1935 and landed on the top of a lonely mountain in search of gold. His monoplane “Flamingo” got stuck in the swampy jungle at the top, and he noticed a rather impressive waterfall extending thousands of feet down.
He didn’t have much luck with the 11-mile hike back to civilization, and his plane was left chained to the mountain, a rusting monument to his discovery. Soon the whole world learned about the waterfall, which became known as Angel Falls, in honor of the pilot who discovered it.
Jimmy Angel’s plane remained in the jungle for 33 years before being picked up by helicopter. It is currently housed in the Aviation Museum in Maracay. The one you can now see on top of the tepui is a replica of it.
The official height of the waterfall was determined by the expedition of the National Geographic Society in 1949. The waterfall is the main attraction of Venezuela. The falls are 20 times higher than Niagara Falls.
The enchanting world of Canaima National Park is the perfect combination of magic and reality, with its imposing tepui mesas, countless rivers, lagoons, waterfalls, forests and savannahs stretching across the green sea. This atmosphere deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
In this natural paradise you will find interesting flora and fauna, in many cases unique in the world, as well as the Pemon Indians, in a natural atmosphere, with their ancestral culture, craft, folklore, and cuisine. Canaima National Park The Canaima National Park extends southwest of Venezuela, south of the Orinoco River, in the municipality of Gran Sabana, Bolivar State.
It was founded by a decree of the government of Venezuela on June 12, 1962. The territory of the park is 3 million hectares, thus occupying the second in Venezuela and the seventh longest natural reserve area in the world.
The park is divided into two sectors: Western and Eastern. The western area, called Canaima, can be reached by air with commercial flights from Caracas, Margarita and Ciudad Bolívar. Enjoy this privileged spot on earth, the highest waterfall in the world.
The incredible spectacle of Angel Falls, Canaima Lagoon, breathtaking scenery, with beautiful waterfalls, invite you for a refreshing swim or sunbathing on the beautiful white sand that surrounds Canaima Lagoon.
The top of the mountain is foggy
The top of the cliff, from which the Angel Falls stream rushes down, is most often shrouded in mist – this is a natural effect. Moreover, this fog and dampness are felt even quite far from the waterfall.
The power of the waterfall depends on the season. During the rainy season (it usually falls between May and November), the amount of water that the waterfall passes through itself is absolutely titanic – every second (!) It is about 300,000 liters of water.
When the rains go away, the volume of water in Angela drops: most often the stream is divided into two, sometimes turning into a completely small stream. If you find yourself in this region during such periods of drought, you will definitely find a small reservoir that forms at the foot of the waterfall – at such moments you can swim here.
However, it is very clear why Angel is much less developed by tourists than Niagara Falls and a number of others. We can say that this is one of the most difficult to reach tourist places in the world.
Around it there are no roads, hotels, guides and crowds of tourists. On the other hand, this is what helped to preserve here the pristine nature and the richest animal world. Until now, in these places you can easily meet porcupines, deer, sloths, anteaters, monkeys, jaguars, etc.