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Beautiful Waterfalls Around the World

Waterfalls are one of  Mother Nature’s most soothing yet exhilarating and beautiful creations in the world. There’s something mesmerizing about watching water cascade down a rock face into a pool or raging river below. It’s magical, the noise it makes, the sheer volume of water. There are thousands upon thousands of waterfalls all over the world, but not all of them are visited equally. Some are hidden gifts of nature. 

Below are the top 5 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. This is subjective and may differ from one person’s opinion to another. But hope that all you dear readers will one day get the chance to witness the beauty of these majesties from your own eyes.

1. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three magnificent waterfalls in North America that straddle the border between the United States and Canada. They also mark the southernmost point of the Niagara Gorge. The American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls are the three waterfalls that makeup Niagara Falls. Both the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are entirely within the borders of the United States. The Horseshoe Falls are almost entirely located on the Canadian side of the international border. The three waterfalls that comprise Niagara Falls have the highest flow rate of any known waterfall on the planet due to their combined flow.

2. Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls in southern Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world. It is situated on the Churun River in the Guiana Highlands of Bolivar state. The falls is approximately 20 times higher than Niagara Falls.

The fall is not caused by conventional drainage sources such as melting snow, glaciers, or lakes, nor is it caused by a major river system. Rainfall from equatorial tropical clouds condensing on the cloud forest above the Auyantepui plateau is the source (Cheng). Angel Falls will be a memorable visit for anyone who has been awestruck by Niagara Falls; the only difference is that Angel Falls is approximately twenty times taller and situated in a more natural setting.

3. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is a spectacular waterfall located about halfway along the Zambezi River’s course, on the border between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. Approximately twice as wide and twice as deep as Niagara Falls, the waterfall spans the entire breadth of the Zambezi River at one of its widest points. Victoria Falls, located on the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is another of the world’s most beautiful and impressive waterfalls. Locals refer to it as “The Smoke that Thunders.”

4. Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA

The waterfalls are all on the Havasupai Indian Reservation and can only be reached by an overnight 10-mile hike that requires advance reservation and payment of fees – no day hiking is permitted, and you must spend at least one night at the canyon’s campground; most people stay three nights.

The number of people allowed into the canyon is limited, and there is frequently a waiting list to see this must-see waterfall. Havasu Falls is approximately 80 feet high, where the turquoise waters of Havasu Creek plunge from the travertine terraces above down to a large, idyllic pool of water below. From the pool below the waterfall, the water cascades down through a series of pools, each one a wonderful little swimming pool.

5. Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia

In 1979, the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are a must-see in Croatia, located roughly halfway between the capital city of Zagreb and the coastal city of Zadar. (As evidenced by the numerous emails we’ve received!)

The National Park’s beauty lies in its sixteen lakes, which are linked by a series of waterfalls and are set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars, and rare bird species. The National Park spans 300 square kilometers, with the lakes connecting over an eight-kilometer stretch.

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