You know those pictures that literally stretch your imagination and allegorically take you to a far away place? Those ones that seem to lift you up and bring you into a state of utter awe and wonder? The ones where your heart lifts and your jaw drops at the spectacular wonder of the majesty of creation? Well here are the top ten waterfalls around the world that do just that. Enjoy!
10 Cascada de Ventisquero Colgante (Hanging Glacier Falls), Chile Waterfall
The Awesome With a height of 1,600 feet (488 meters), this awesome waterfall is situated in Chile, Aisen, Queulat National Park, Puyuguapi. There is a massive glacier overhead, and the waterfall pours out from under the glacier. The drop between is 1,400 and 2,000 feet to the valley floor below.
9 Cascata delle Marmore, Italy Waterfall
The Awesome Located in the heart of Italy just about 5 miles from the nearest city of Terni, Italy, this man-made waterfall is one of the tallest waterfalls in Europe and the largest in Italy. It is 541 feet (165 meters) of total height, with the tallest of its three sections spanning 272 feet (83 meters) straight down.
8 Hi’ilawe Falls, Hiilawe, Hawaii, United States Waterfall
The Awesome Located on the main island of the seven volcanic islands known as Hawaii, deep in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is the awesome waterfall known as Hi’ilawe Falls. It's like a scene from a fantasy movie like Jurassic Park, a little slice of paradise on an island made by a volcano. The waterfalls drops a spectacular 1201 feet (366 meters), plunging into the abyss below.
7 Giessbach Waterfalls, Switzerland Waterfall
The Awesome Located behind the Park Hotel in Giessbach, Switzerland, this fantastic waterfall plunges a stunning 2,175 feet (633 meters) into an a 197 foot (60 meters) deep rock basin. The top of the waterfall can be reached by foot, boat, or driving. It's just a 20 minute hike , so you might as well go by foot to enjoy the view!
6 Multnomah Falls, Oregon, United States Waterfall
The Awesome Part of the Columbia River Gorge, located on the border of Oregon and Washington State, this awesome waterfall is just a 40 minute drive from Portland, Oregon. The total height is 620 feet (189 meters), and the upper falls is 542 feet (165 meters). There is a bridge located on the lower falls which offers a spectacular view, making it a fantastic tourist attraction.
5 Kalambo Falls, Zambia, Tanzania, Waterfall
The Awesome This massively awesome waterfall is located in the middle of nowhere on the Kalambo River in the heart of Africa. It is located on the border of Tanzania and Zambia, not far from the intersection of those two countries and the Republic of the Congo. Not an easy place to get to, but that's why it's awesome to be able to view this from the comfort and safety of your home (or office)! It is 772 feet (235 meters) high and plummets into the Kalambo Gorge, which is almost 1000 feet (300 meters) deep.
4 Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho, South Africa Waterfall
The Awesome Maletsunyane Falls is a spectacularly gorgeous 630 feet (192 meters) waterfall physically situated in the heart of the Republic of South Africa, in the Kingdom of Lesotho. In a place where few humans have traveled, this slice of nature rivals even the best that CGI could offer, a piece of fantasy in real life. This stunning beauty is located just 5 hours from Port Edward near the southern tip of Africa.
3 Sutherland Falls, New Zealand Waterfall
The Awesome Located in Fiordland National Park in the south island of the volcanic islands of New Zealand, near the Milford Sound, this fantastic and wondrous waterfall plummets and cascades a total of 2,766 feel (843 meters) out of a large basin of water at the end of the Arthur River, and pours into Lake Quill.
Mount Elliot can be seen in the background, and there are many similar mountain surrounding this waterfall on all sides. It is about 1200 miles across straight ocean to Sydney, Australia, the nearest major city in Australia. It is also about 200 miles from Christchurch, Australia. Getting there might take a helicopter.
2 Baatara Balaa Gorge Sinkhole, Tannourine, Lebanon Waterfall
The Awesome The waterfall plummets 837 feet (255 meters) into the also awesome Baatara Pothole, a cave made of limestone located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail in Lebanon, north of Israel. The limestone is supposedly "Jurassic", but seeing as carbon dating is impossible to date past 40,000 years, that is literally just a random guess that some scientists threw out there.
This waterfall is truly a spectacular sight to see, and there is nothing else like it in the world. It looks like a level from the video game Tomb Raider on the original Playstation. Also known as the "Cave of the Three Bridges", as well as the "Gouffre des Trois Ponts" (French for "Three Bridges Chasm"), it is not difficult to get to, just a five-minute trek from the village of Balaa, which you get to by traveling from Laklouk, Lebanon to Tannourine, Lebanon.
1 Angel Falls (Salto Angel), Venezuela Waterfall
The Awesome Undeniably the number one waterfall on this list, Angel Falls is wildly famous, and for good reason. It is the world's highest waterfall, with a massive plunge of 3,212 feet (979 meters). Out of the 47 drops and cascades that reach the total height, the single longest drop is a spectacular 2,648 feet (807 meters), making up the majority of the height.
This massive cliff face is surrounded by clouds due to its height, and is located at the end of the Gauja River, deep in the heart of the Macizo del Auyán-Tepui Rainforest in Parque Nacional Canaima (Canaima National Park) near the top of South America. Due to its height and remote location, it is not particularly accessible.
It is named after James Angel, who discovered the waterfall in 1933. In Pemon, a local tribal language, it is also known as "Parakupá Vená", meaning "the fall from the highest point"; or "Kerepakupai Vená", which means "waterfall of the deepest place".
I hope you enjoyed these waterfalls! Which one would you pick as number 1?