A guided tour of the most beautiful waterfalls from around the world /
Waterfalls are much more than simply one of the most sublime forms of natural art; they are also an open invitation to feel, through the movement of water, the electric current that life bestows us. This guide explores some of the most imposing falls from around the world, which represent an incredibly sensorial and contemplative destination.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
The highest cataract on the planet, the water falls nine thousand metres from the edge of the Auyantepui Mountain in Venezuela. It is so tall, that as a matter of fact, most of the water evaporates before reaching the ground. Standing close to it, allows you to be wrapped by its refreshing fog and mist.
Blood Falls, Antarctica
These mysterious and visceral falls are the result of salty water mixed with iron oxide. Their mysticism however lies in its inhabitants: although water testing has shown that there is close to no oxygen in the water, more than 17 different types of microbes have been identified there, which survive due to their metabolic ability of using sulphate as a respiratory catalyst.
Ban Gioc Falls, China and Vietnam
This aquiferous spectacle is the fourth largest waterfall on a national border, following Iguacu, Niagara and Victoria Falls. The impressive mountainous forest that hosts them only adds more magnificence to their ethereal beauty, especially to Tongling Gorge, which was only discovered recently, and is home to a wide variety of endemic species; creatures that cannot be found elsewhere on the planet.
This waterfall is generally recognised as being the largest and most powerful one in Europe. It has yet to be exploited as an energy source and still holds its virginal aspect following the visual cleanliness only Iceland can offer. This is a true paradise, which presents us with a showering wall that invites us to admire and penetrate it.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
Dividing the border between these two countries, Iguacu falls is one of the most imposing and surreal panoramas on Earth. According to legend, the place was formed when a beautiful woman refused to marry a god and instead married her mortal lover. While the lovers fled in a canoe, the rejected god, in a wrathful fit tore the river in two, condemning them to an eternal fall. Hundreds of lovers have found romans in these falls since then.
Like its sibling Dettifoss, this is one of the most breath-taking places on Earth. Gulfoss is located in the Hvítá River Canyon and one of its most incredible aspects takes place as you make your way towards the falls, since the crevice is hidden from eyesight, so that this powerful river simply disappears into the earth.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Perhaps some of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls on the planet, Niagara Falls are an important source of hydroelectric power; additionally they have inspired some adventurous souls to parachute over them and to cross them on a tightrope. These undoubtedly represent the maximum expression of natural power and fall into our collective imagery as the archetype of nature’s power.
Plitvice Falls, Croatia
Unifying the most charming lake series on Earth, the Plitvice Falls are what we once envisioned paradise to be like. Their water seems to emerge from every single brink of the mountains, gathering to pristine lakes as they make their way down. This place’s ecosystem is never ending, rich with green algae, mosses and bacteria.
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