Angel Falls and Canaima National Park (Venezuela)

Angel Falls and Canaima National Park (Venezuela)

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:25
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Canaima National Park is located in southeastern Venezuela, along the border between Guyana and Brazil. Partially covered by table mountain formations, the park also includes the Great Savanna region. The sheer cliffs and waterfalls, including the world's highest, form a spectacular landscape.

Canaima National Park is spread over 3,000,000 ha (7,400,000 acres) in southeastern Venezuela, along the border between Guyana and Brazil. The park protects part of the Guayanan Highlands moist forests ecoregion and also includes the Gran Sabana (Great Savanna) region.

Roughly 65% of the park is covered by table mountain (tepui) formations. The tepuis constitute a unique biogeological entity and are of great geological interest. The sheer cliffs and waterfalls, including the world's highest (1,000 m or 3,200 ft), form a spectacular landscape.

Angel Falls (Salto Angel) spill into the Cañon del Diablo (Devil's Canyon). This is the highest waterfall in the world — more than 15 times higher than Niagara Falls. The falls are named after an American flyer, Jimmy Angel, who was searching for gold and instead found the falls.

 

Canaima National Park protects significant populations of 5 endangered mammal species: jaguars, giant anteaters, giant river otters, ocelots and giant armadillos. One-third of the plants here are found nowhere else on the planet.

Canaima National Park harbors nearly half of the neotropical migratory birds that winter in South America; many are of conservation priority, including the osprey, American swallow-tailed kite and broad-winged hawk. The park’s highlands provide habitat for nearly 100 bird species, including 29 species found nowhere else.