The spectacular Angel Falls

November 4, 2013

The photograph of Mount Auyantepui above, was taken c.2007 in Canaima National Park. Located in Venezuela, this World Heritage Site is recognised for its flat-topped rock formations ‘tepuis’ which cover 65% of the park.

PODcast - Angel FallsAlso in the park is Angel Falls which, with a free fall drop of 979 meters, is the highest waterfall in the World. It was discovered by the explorer James Angel when he crashed his plane on an expedition in 1937.

Angel Falls is not easy to reach due to its isolated jungle location. Having flown from the UK to Caracas and the following day from Caracas to Puerto Ordaz, a further flight was necessary to reach Canaima. This is the starting point for all river trips to the falls.

We stayed at Campamento Tiuna in the Laguna de Canaima for 3 days which was run by Pemón Indians. This camp was situated off one of the blackwater rivers that flows through swamps and wetlands, the tannin in the water making it look like tea.

With transport around the Canaima National Park mostly by canoe or curiara, we traveled light. Our suitcases were abandoned at a larger camp for collection after our jungle stay.

Most people in the camp slept in hammocks under permanent shelters. We managed to secure a hut which although open to the elements included the bare essentials – a bed and a shower. There was no hot water available but we had privacy and were able to sleep horizontally.

PODcast - Angel Falls 2The food in camp was excellent, we were well fed and looked after. We also met some wonderful people including a lovely Chilean family we spent a fair amount of time with.

The main photograph shows the cliffs of Mount Auyantepui which is where Angel Falls makes its dramatic plunge. It was taken the day we departed camp for Angel Falls – everyone hoped the cloud wouldn’t shroud the view of the falls.

In the wooden curiara with us was the Chilean family (of 5) and our Pemón guide. The journey to Angel Falls took at least two hours. We passed through two rivers, crossing rapids and giant rocks – one of which we got PODcast - Angel Falls basemarooned on when we returned to camp. The men had got out of the boat to help the Pemón who had attempted to dislodge the curiara with all of us in it!

At Angel Falls base camp we were treated to a feast before we embarked on a 90 minute hike uphill. Frequently clambering over slippery exposed tree roots or climbing man-made steps.

It was steep and humid but the view from the lookout directly in front of the falls was spectacular. It’s hard to imagine what a waterfall with a 979 meter drop will look like but its immense. Some of the group even got to enjoy a swim in the pool at the base of the cascades.

We’re linking this post up with What’s the Story? here on PODcast and Magic Moments at The Oliver’s Madhouse.



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  • Sarah MumofThree World November 4, 2013 at 7:18 am

    That looks and absolutely stunning and sounds like a real adventure! I never tire of reading about your travels as I have never done anything remotely adventurous in my life!

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you Sarah, that’s really kind of you. I will run out of these adventures though! You’ve done lots of exciting things Mrs 🙂

  • Only Best For Baby November 4, 2013 at 7:25 am

    What an amazing waterfall and the highest in the world! Must have been a magical trip.

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      It was a fabulous trip. Everyone laughed when I said I was going to the jungle but it was amazing!

  • sarah November 4, 2013 at 7:37 am

    oh. my. what an experience. Incredibly jealous! fab shot x

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you Sarah, so difficult to photograph! A fabulous experience. It was very well organised from beginning to end which definitely seems the best way to do Venezuela 🙂

  • Iona@redpeffer November 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Wow, what an amazing experience, truly memorable. Very envious of that trip!

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      It was amazing Iona although I was terrified when we got to Caracas – read too much before we arrived! The people we met were just wonderful though and this was an incredible sight 🙂

  • Notmyyearoff November 4, 2013 at 8:43 am

    This looks amazing but I bet its a million times more spectacular when you’re there watching it. It sounds like you’ve seen some really lovely places in your time.

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      It was fabulous Tas, hard to believe how high it is. Would be great to take POD somewhere like this one day 🙂

  • The Reading Residence November 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Just wow! What an amazing experience to have had.

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn, it was an amazing thing to do. Probably our most memorable holiday and I wasn’t sure about it at all! Funny that 🙂

  • Louise November 4, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Wow – you have done some amazing things x

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you Louise, would love to have done more 🙂

  • Dean November 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Lovely photos! I especially love the one with the low clouds:)

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you Dean, I do love that one too. We had a view of that mountain from the camp so it’s especially memorable 🙂

  • Luci - mother.wife.me November 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

    You are just so intrepid! I travelling the world vicariously through you!!! #What’sTheStory

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      That’s very kind Luci but I’m really not – would love to take POD somewhere exciting one day 🙂

  • Coombemill November 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    You really have travelled and had some amazing adventures in your life. I love reading them here on What’s the story.

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you Fiona. We haven’t been on enough adventures though so that travel bubble will burst at some point. Unless we win the lottery LOL 🙂

  • Wicked World of Lucas November 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Another stunning photo – I love hearing about your travels – you always tell an amazing story and I get so immersed in it. #whatsthestory

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you Cathie, that’s very kind of you. It’s rather nice remembering things we used to do although there’s a bit of a POD shaped hole! Seems weird to think of doing anything without her now 🙂

  • Mummy of Two November 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Wow sounds like an amazing place – the photos are spectacular!

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you very much – it’s an incredible place 🙂

  • Lou's Lake Views November 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this since our tweet convo the other day and it didn’t disappoint, what an amazing adventure and gorgeous photos too, it’s hard to imagine what that must have felt like standing at the bottom of the falls looking up at the top. Awesome!

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      That’s such a lovely thing to say Lou, thank you. I’m sure I’ve missed things out like the noise which was incredible. It was a spectacular sight 🙂

  • Jaime Oliver November 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Charly what an amazing place!! i would love to be able to visit here!!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      It was amazing Jaime, such a beautiful place to visit 🙂

  • Erica Price November 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    They really are dramatic aren’t they? I’m beginning to think you’ve been everywhere.

    • Charly Dove November 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Oh gosh I really haven’t Erica – we did a few places before POD came along but that’s it 🙂

  • Mary @over40andamumtoone November 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Stunning – nothing else to add 🙂

    • Charly Dove November 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you Mary 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) November 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Wow! You have been to some amazing places! My travels feel very tame by comparison 🙂 Stunning photos, as always x

    • Charly Dove November 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you very much Sara, there aren’t many of these kind of travels I’m afraid *lowers expectations* Your travels are fabulous 🙂

  • Nell@PigeonPairandMe November 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    This looks terrific – what a wonderful experience. And something to savour while POD’s too little for an adventure like this. You’re right, it would be amazing to take her back one day.

    • Charly Dove November 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you very much – would be amazing to do something like this with POD one day 🙂

  • Mama Syder November 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    That must have been such an experience. It looks totally beautiful x

    • Charly Dove November 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you, it really was – amazing place 🙂

  • Kriss MacDonald November 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    What an incredible trip! I can imagine it wasn’t easy arranging the logistics in Venezuela but worth it for such amazing sights. Your photos are stunning as usual.

    • Charly Dove November 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you very much Kriss. The trip was organised by an operator to ensure we were kept safe – logistically that worked like clockwork 🙂

  • Kara November 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Oh wow, what an amazing trip….that is something on my bucket list along with the Victoria falls. Hopefully I will go one day

    • Charly Dove November 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      It really is spectacular Kara, Victoria Falls would be awesome too. Would love to take POD to fabulous places one day. Fingers crossed for a lottery win 🙂

  • Alison November 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    That sounds absolutely amazing, would love to see the waterfalls.

    • Charly Dove November 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      They’re amazing Alison – Angel Falls and the other waterfalls we saw or walked behind! It’s a fabulous place, would love to go back one day 🙂

  • older mum in a muddle November 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    That looks incredible. It’s so high that the water looks like spray towards the bottom. You have had the most amazing adventures. I just haven’t seen enough of the world! X

    • Charly Dove November 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      It was amazing Sarah, would love to go back one day. Incredible really it’s so high 🙂

  • Funky Wellies November 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    So many adventures! 🙂 It looks like a stunning place. xx

    • Charly Dove November 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Gosh it doesn’t feel like we’ve done much. Was a stunning place though, just fabulous albeit a bit scary at times!

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