8 Of Most Beautiful Waterfalls on Earth (Slideshow)
There are few things on earth that take your breath away quite like a waterfall. Your favorite not on the list? Leave it in the comments section below!
1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
Tucked in the woodland savannah of Southern Africa, Victoria falls lays its claim as the largest waterfall in the world in terms of the sheet of water flowing. It’s not just the waterfall that’s stunning — wildlife like zebras, hippopotamuses, giraffes, monkeys and elephants all live in the area.
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2. Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Just 45 minutes west of Portland, Multnomah Falls is Oregon’s tallest waterfall. It’s surrounded by the natural beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.
3. Gullfoss, Iceland
Gullfoss, or Golden Falls in English, is Iceland’s most famous waterfall — and for good reason! Though it is now protected and owned by the government, for much of the 20th century it was considered as a possible site to generate electricity.
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4. Gocta Cataracts, Peru
Located deep in the Amazon jungle, only locals knew of Gocta’s existence until 2005. The reason the waterfall remained unknown to the outside world? Locals feared telling its location would bring on an ancient curse by the white-haired mermaid who protects the waterfall.
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5. Plitvice, Croatia
The Plitvice Waterfalls are more of a (huge!) network of waterfalls and karstic lakes than a single fall — in fact, the size and form of the waterfalls and lakes is constantly changing!
6. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls holds the distinction of being the tallest waterfall in the world, at over 3,212 feet! Though located deep in the jungle, Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s most visited tourist attractions.
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7. Yosemite Falls, Calif.
Yosemite is North America’s tallest waterfall. The best time to visit is in the late spring or early summer — in some particularly dry years, the behemoth is reduced to a mere trickle by August!
8. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
Rivaled only by Victoria Falls, Iguazu is truly one of the most impressive network of waterfalls on earth. Much like Victoria, Iguazu Falls is located at the literal border of two nations, Argentina and Peru. Both sides offer stunning views in this tropical rainforest – and unbeatable wildlife sightings to beat. On my trip to Iguazu, I saw toucans, monkeys and butterflies in every color of the rainbow.