Angel Falls in the heart of Venezuela is the world�s highest waterfall, nearly one thousand metres high, surrounded by breathtaking flat top mountains. The water leaps from the heart shaped Auyantepui (Devil's Mountain) into the Canon del Diablo (Devil's Canyon).
This waterfall is known to Venezuelans as Salto Angel.
It is not named after heavenly beings, but after American bush pilot, Jimmie Angel who went in search of gold, but in fact discovered the waterfall.
Jimmie Angel believed that Auyantepui was the home of a lost river of gold, and took his four seater plane up to search for it in 1937. The plane got bogged down in the marsh and he couldn�t take off again. He was forced to trek through the rough terrain to the edge of the plateau along with his wife and two travel companions.
The village of Canaima, about 50km northwest of the falls, is the major gateway to the falls, but does not have any easily accessible overland link to the rest of the country. Most people fly to Canaima and then take a light plane or boat to the falls. There is no road access to the area.
Salto Angel, Auyantepui, Canaima and surrounding areas all fall within Venezuela�s second largest park, the Parque Nacional Canaima.