We all know that nature can be very capricious. Some areas of the world are desolate deserts where you can only find sand and a few reptiles. Others harbor green orchards like Eden, where plants display their beauty and fauna lives in luxury. It does not matter how much we learn from this planet of ours. There are still corners whose beauty leaves us breathless. Today we will review the most impressive waterfalls on Earth.
71% of the planet is water. Three – quarters of that water belong to the poles and glaciers. The sea also accumulates a large amount of water. But, despite they represent a very small part of the planet, waterfalls are just astonishing. For its beauty, for the sound, for its majesty. These are the waterfalls that will leave you stunned.
The Milford Sound Falls
The beauty of this landscape attracts thousands of visitors daily. Actually, in one year, a number of 550,000 tourists have been registered here. This makes Milford Sound one of the most visited sites in New Zealand. You could even say that this is the most famous attraction, despite its remote location and the long journey from the nearest locations. Most tourists who go to Milford Sound prefer to do it on tourist boats. The journey usually takes one or two hours. The excursions are offered by several different companies and depart from the Milford Sound Visitor Center. There is also the option of night cruises.
Hiking and boating are common in Milford Sound. On the other hand, there is a limited capacity of lodging, only a small percentage of your visitors stay in the area for more than a day. The rest the rest usually stays in the near towns like Te Anau or Queenstown .
Waterfalls in Venezuela: The Angel’s Jump
The Angel’s Jump is in Venezuela and can boast of being the highest waterfall in the world with, nothing more and nothing less than 979 meters of fall. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994.
The Victoria Falls, located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, constitute a waterfall of the Zambezi River. You will be able to find them in the Livingstone district, the Southern Province, Zambia and the Hwange district, in the Western Mashonaland region of Zimbabwe. Over the falls you will see and maybe cross the Bridge of Victoria Falls, an old steel arch finished in 1905. Its industrial appearance still reminds the visitor of old adventure films.
The falls are approximately 1.7 km wide and 108 m high. They are considered an extraordinary spectacle due to the narrow and rare abyss in which the waterfalls.
David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, visited the waterfall in 1855 and baptized them with the name of Queen Victoria, although they are locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya . The translation of the native name would be: ” The smoke that thunders”. The waterfall is part of two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and the Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, and are one of the major tourist attractions in southern Africa. These amazin falls were declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, in 1989, protecting an area of 8,780 ha. Since 2010, they are integrated into the Kavango -Zambezi Conservation Area.
Niagara Falls is a group of waterfalls located on the Niagara River, in the northeast of North America, on the border between the United States and Canada. Located about 236 meters above sea level, its fall is approximately 64 meters.
They include three sort of independent waterfalls: the “Canadian waterfall” (Ontario), the “American waterfall” (New York) and the smaller “Bride’s veil waterfall”. Although they are not too hight neither too large, they are the most voluminous in North America, because through them passes all the water of the Great Lakes. Between the Canadian and American falls you will find the Island of the Goat.
Since they were discovered by Europeans, they have become very popular, not only for its beauty but also as a source of energy and a challenging project for environmental conservation. They are a place of tourism shared by the cities of New York and Ontario.
The name “Niagara” comes from an Iroquois word meaning “thunder of water”. The original inhabitants of the region were the Ongiara, an Iroquois tribe called the neutrals by the French conquerors, who found in them help as mediators of disputes with other tribes.