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7 Most Amazing and Stunning Waterfalls in the World

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Written by Jane Sophia

Nothing in this world is more attractive and exciting to watch than a waterfalls. Every one of us would loudly exclaim in frank appreciation when we see a waterfall. Ever from a distance, we would cry out ‘wow’ loudly. When we stand at a touching distance of a waterfall, we would be grinning broadly.

Nothing is more awe-inspiring than watching volumes and volumes of water plummet thousands of feet down from high up on a mountain.

It is the most thrilling feeling when water spray emanating from the waterfall gently washes our face.

We all must admit that the beauty of waterfall is inexplicable. Taller waterfalls are certainly more attractive than mini waterfalls and small cascades. We simply love the thunderous sound when the water falls from great height. It is a sight to behold when water in great volumes tumble down fiercely over rugged rocks and turning them into smooth surface over the years.

Waterfalls

There are countless waterfalls in every country and some of them are world attractors. I have compiled a list of 6 amazing and stunning looking waterfalls in the world.

The list is not arranged in any logical order. I picked them randomly based on their awesome appearance from a distance.

Niagra Waterfalls, Canada.

Niagra Waterfalls

I am glad to start the list with the most popular waterfalls in the whole world. Though there are few other Falls in the world that can beat the Niagara waterfalls in height and volume, Niagara has somehow become very popular among the tourists. Any American tourist’s top three destinations would include a trip to the Niagara Falls followed by Liberty Statue in New York and the Disney World in Orlando. Niagara Falls is the most photographed landmark in the world. While you are there, do not forget to pay a visit to the Aquarium of Niagara where you can see the Humboldt penguins and sea lions.

Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina

Hearing for the first time? Iguazú Falls that is also called as Iguaçu Falls are located exactly between Argentina and Brazil. The sheer volume of water that falls makes it as the largest waterfall system in the world.

Here is what you should know about the Iguazu waterfalls. It is an amazing fact. This ‘waterfalls’ is a combination of 275 separate Falls!

Oops! Combined together, these 275 Falls stretch to a width of approximately 3 km! Imagine walking the length of 3 km that is entirely covered by the falling water on one side of you; must be a breathtaking sight!

If ever you are fortunate to go to Argentina, pay a visit to amazing Iguazu Waterfalls and locate a viewpoint called Devil’s Throat where the spewing water spray is said to be voluminous.

Devil’sThroat, Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina.

 

Gullfoss Waterfalls, Iceland

Gullfoss Waterfalls, Iceland

This spectacular and stunning looking waterfall does not plummet from great heights. However, the density and volume of the waterfalls is the prime cause of attraction. The Gullfoss Falls is fed by the River Hvítá that originated from Langjökull glacier.

All glacier rivers (there may be exceptions) run only for a short length and the River Hvítá too flows only for 40 km before emptying into a rather narrow gorge as Gullfoss Falls. Before the water finally touches the ground, it falls in three steps thus making the viewing attractive.

Another view of the Gullfoss Falls

Gullfoss waterfalls

Alamere Waterfalls, Point Reyes, California

Did you notice the following aspects of the Alamere Falls?

  • Not a tall waterfall
  • The force of the water is almost negligible.
  • The water flows into the sea (the Pacific Ocean in this case).

The last aspect gives the fall another name called ‘tidefall’. The waterfall is gently flowing through the rocks from a 40-feet height only.

In order to reach the Alamere Falls, you need to walk nearly 20 km round trip from Point Reyes. Still, the isolated natural beauty is pretty crowded at times. Add the amazing Alamere Falls to your must-see waterfalls list.

Caracol Waterfalls, Brazil

Caracol Waterfalls

Another waterfall in Brazil apart from the Iguazu Falls that attracts huge tourists from other parts of America. From the look of this stunning waterfall, it looks inaccessible and one has to be satisfied with watching the waterfall from a distance. Yes, there is an observation tower nearby that offer spectacular views.

However, you can watch the fallen water at the base of the Caracol Falls by (hold your breath) walking down a steep staircase comprising about 900+ steps. Sure, it is easy to walk down such a large number of steps but remember, you have to climb all the way, dear; there is no lift to pull you up.

Detian Waterfalls, Vietnam

Detian Waterfalls

The Chinese would also stake claim to this twin waterfalls (Ban Gioc – Detian Falls ) as they straddle both Vietnam and China. Both the waterfalls are fed by the Quây Sơn River.  The former name Ban Gioc is given from the Vietnam side and the Detian name originated from the Chinese part.

The waterfalls’ volume is really thick and it looks lovely. The volume of the water that falls must generate quite a sound falling from a height of 98 feet.

If you want to see this amazing waterfall from Vietnamese side, you need to travel nearly 275 km from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Cuquenan Waterfalls, Venezuela

Cuquenan Waterfalls

It appears the water from a height of about 2000 feet is dropping from a tap with not a big diameter. However, as the water aggregates during the fall, it thunders down with great force.

You must be aware of the fact that world’s most spectacular Angel Falls is also located in Venezuela. Wikipedia cites the amazing Cuquenan Falls as the 11th highest waterfall in the world.

I am thinking of researching all the waterfalls in every country and island in the world. Hope to come up with a huge list.

 

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