Imagine a place in the highest mountains that is so beautiful you never want to leave. Is there an amazing waterfall in your mental image? Most people feel that the epitome of peace and tranquility is a waterfall. The sound of water rushing and crashing as it falls, the way the sunlight can make it sparkle and just the sheer power of it as it falls from high above down to the river below, all combine to make it truly one of nature’s most beautiful creations.
If you want to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world or simply want to see what they may look like via pictures; you can easily do so. The top 10 most amazing waterfalls in the world are truly a sight to behold both in person and via the World Wide Web. Perhaps it will help you dream of where you want to go, one day on a romantic getaway or in your dreams.
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- 10. Kaieteur Falls – Guyana
- 9. Plitvice Falls – Croatia
- 8. Blood Falls – Antarctica
- 7. Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
- 6. Dettifoss – Northeast Iceland
- 5. Gocta Cataracts – Peru
- 4. Iguazu Falls – Brazil and Argentina
- 3. Angel Falls – Venezuela
- 2. Havasu Falls – Arizona (USA)
- 1. Niagara Falls – Canada and the United States
10. Kaieteur Falls – Guyana
If you hope to one day visit Guyana then perhaps you should also consider visiting the Kaieteur National Park. You will not witness one of the world’s largest waterfalls if you do so, but you will perhaps witness a waterfall that you will not soon forget. This waterfall drops a very large amount of water over its edge. In fact, it may pour more than any other in the world. This makes it is a rare combination of power and majestic beauty that all who witness it, do not soon forget. Kaieteur Falls has height 226 m.
9. Plitvice Falls – Croatia
Combine natural beauty with natural dams built of travertine and you have created the Plitvice Falls, located in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Water will fall here from every ledge and crevice that your eyes will see and perhaps a few that you do not see at first glance. All these falls land in an amazing turquoise color lake and it is truly a waterfall lover’s paradise. Plitvice is the largest waterfall and has height 367 m.
8. Blood Falls – Antarctica
Notable if only because of the red blood like water that flows from it, you will not soon forget the Blood Falls if you are one of the few to witness its chilling beauty. It is located in Antarctica and the red color that flows from it are a result of iron oxide mixed with saltwater. The coolest part of this natural waterfall though is the fact that there are at least 17 different types of microbes slithering around inside of this water that contains virtually no oxygen. Blood Falls has height about 400 m.
7. Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
The divider between Zambia and Zimbabwe and located on the Zambezi River is the magnificent waterfall known as Victoria Falls. If you can imagine a solid sheet of water falling over the edge of one piece of earth to the river below, you will see in your mind this amazing waterfall. It is one of the world’s Seven Wonders as well as a World Heritage Site. It was named after none other than Queen Victoria after David Livingstone first saw their beauty. Victoria Falls is being declared as a monument of nature by UNESCO in 1989 and it is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world (number 1 is Angel Falls). Victoria Falls has height 885 m.
6. Dettifoss – Northeast Iceland
This amazing creation that has been created over millions of years boasts the title of Europe’s most powerful waterfalls and it is located within the Vatnajokull National Park in Northeast Iceland. Though it is the most power and the largest, no one to date has been able to use its force to create power. Why? Because to try and build an hydroelectric plant here would be too much of a risk. Dettifoss waterfall has wide 100 metres with height 44 metres.
5. Gocta Cataracts – Peru
Unless you live near the province in Peru, you perhaps have never heard of the Gocta Cataracts. The world never would of witnessed its beauty outside of Peru had a German explorer named Stefan Ziemendorff let it be known when he discovered its beauty in roughly 2005 and told the world. No one knows for sure exactly how tall this majestic wonder is but rumor has it that it could be the third tallest in the world. Are you curious as to why no one knew it existed except the locals? They feared that if word got out about this paradise then the beautiful blond mermaid would leave. Gocta Cataracts waterfall has height 771 metres.
4. Iguazu Falls – Brazil and Argentina
Any true natural wonder has a story behind it. This natural waterfall that consists of 275 falls is no different. The waterfall that separates Brazil and Argentina combines majestic beauty with the legend between a mere mortal and the God whom they upset. Legend reveals that this natural wonder was created because a God was in love with a mortal and she chose to love a mortal man instead. The lovers tried to escape the God’s wrath via a canoe and he, in a fit of rage, sliced the river ahead of them. They were condemned to fall for all of eternity and we get to enjoy the beauty that was created to commemorate their love. Iguazu Falls has height 82 m with a length about 3 kilometers.
3. Angel Falls – Venezuela
Located on Auyantepui mountain in Venezuela, is the highest waterfall in the world at height 3,212 feet (979 m). It is tall enough that some of the water that comes rushing down from heaven will evaporate or become just a very fine mist before it hits the small river down below.
2. Havasu Falls – Arizona (USA)
Breathtaking natural beauty is a rare treat but it is exactly what you will find when you combine red rocks and turquoise pools of water. It is not the tallest waterfall in the world but located within the Grand Canyon National Park is where you will find one of the world’s most often photographed waterfalls. To see it in photographs is to marvel over nature’s wonder. To see this in person will make you truly appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Havasu Falls has height 30 m and located in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States.
1. Niagara Falls – Canada and the United States
No true list of amazing waterfalls can be complete without mentioning this most well-known waterfall that people come from all over the world to view. It is a natural beauty seekers dream as well as a place for daredevils to prove they are not afraid of anything. Many people have attempted to ride the fall in barrels or walk across water on a tightrope. Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. Niagara Falls has height 167 ft (51 m).
If you ever decide you want to visit in your dreams or in person, this list of the top 10 most amazing waterfalls in the world will point you in the right direction of where to look. Are you ready to witness it for yourself?