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Angel Falls
or Salto �ngel (indigenous name: Kerepakupay Vená) is the world's highest free-falling waterfall at 979�m (3,212 ft) with an uninterrupted drop of 807�m (2,648 ft) lying in the Canaima National Park, Venezuela at 5�58′03″N, 62�32′08″W.


It is situated in the river Churún, an affluent of the Carrao. Tourists sometimes refer to this stretch of the river as the Auyan Tepui river but the river that culminates in the drop is the Kerepakupai-merú. In the indigenous Pemón language Kerepakupai-merú means "waterfall of the deepest place". The falls is also referred to as Churún-merú, an error, since that name corresponds to another Waterfall within the Canaima National Park. Churún in indigenous Pemón language means "thunder".


Although sighted in the early 20th century by the explorer Ernesto Sanchez La Cruz, the waterfall was not known to the Western world until it was visited in 1935 by the American aviator, James Crawford Angel, on a flight whilst searching for a valuable ore bed. In 1936, he returned and landed his plane at the top of the waterfall. The falls are currently named "Angel Falls" after him; interestingly enough, the indigenous name for the falls was "Devil's Mouth".


Angel's Flamingo monoplane settled down into the marshy ground atop Auyan-tepui and remained there for 33 years before being lifted out by a helicopter. Jimmy Angel and his three companions managed to descend the tepui and make their way back to civilization in 11 days. Jimmy Angel's plane sits in the Aviation Museum in Maracay; the one visible on the top of the tepui is a replica.


The official height was determined by a National Geographic Society survey in 1949 (see Jungle Journey to the World's Highest waterfall by Ruth Robertson). David Nott's book, Angels Four, chronicles the first successful climb up the face of Auyan Tepui (Devil's Mountain) to the top of The falls. the falls are one of Venezuela's top tourist attractions.

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Comment By: atlanticstar
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Date: Dec 23, 2008 08:53:45
Nice site!Keep up the great work!!
Comment By: Pasi
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Date: Nov 15, 2007 05:46:30
Absolutely excellent.
Comment By: GuitarGod
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Date: Aug 05, 2007 07:58:00
Breath Taking isn't it... 5 stars.. Great site
Lord Tintagel of Lochaber
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Date: May 02, 2007 08:39:26
Sublimely enchanting!
Comment By: Bacardi
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Date: Mar 07, 2007 14:44:16
Hello Angel Falls. What a great site really is alot put into this one and its great to go through. Keep Rockn
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