Frederico Ahlfeld Falls

Frederico Ahlfeld Falls, Bolivia
Frederico Ahlfeld Falls / Viajeros, CC BY-SA 2.0

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 13.7576 S 60.9786 W
No:295        (list of all attractions)
Values:Geology, Visual
Address:South America, Bolivia, Santa Cruz, northern part of Caparu Meseta, Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, on Rio Paucerna downstreams from Arcoiris Falls
UNESCO World Heritage status:"Noel Kempff Mercado National Park", 2000, No.967
Height:Around 25 - 45 m
Drops:1 main drop and many smaller ones above and below
Width:Roughly 60 m
Stream:Rio Paucerna (Pausema, Pauserna)

One of the most magnificent waterfalls in Bolivia is Frederico Ahlfeld Falls. This waterfall is approximately 45 m tall and roughly 60 m wide and is located in the enormous, exotic Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.

Waterfall is named after the outstanding Bolivian geologist Frederico Ahlfeld (1892 - 1982) - "Father of Bolivian Geology". It is located approximately 6 km downstreams from another waterfall - even more impressive Arcoiris Falls.

Caparu Meseta

Frederico Ahlfeld Falls, Bolivia
Frederico Ahlfeld Falls / Pattrön, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Paucerna river comes from an enormous tableland - the 3,000 km² large Caparu Meseta. This is an unique plateau. For most part it is delimited with vertical cliff walls, which are up to 300 m high. It has extremely high biological diversity. On the plateau have developed several kinds of rare ecosystems, including a unique dry forest - the largest virgin Cerrado forest in the world. Here has been established the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (1 583 810 ha) - UNESCO World Heritage site.


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