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Cola de Caballo Falls

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 13.7793 S 60.9437 W
No:296        (list of all attractions)
Category:Waterfalls
Values:Geology, Visual
Rank:6
Address:South America, Bolivia, Santa Cruz, northern part of Caparu Meseta, Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, on a tributary, falling in Rio Paucerna at Arcoiris Falls
UNESCO World Heritage status:"Noel Kempff Mercado National Park", 2000, No.967
Height:more than 90 m
Drops:1
Width:? m
Stream:tributary of Rio Paucerna (Pausema)
Cola de Caballo Falls, Bolivia
Cola de Caballo Falls / Pattrön, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Next to the gorgeous Arcoiris Falls is located an even taller waterfall - Cola de Caballo Falls ("Horsetail" in Spanish).

This waterfall is located just few hundred metres from Arcoiris falls, in the opposite side of the ravine. It slides down along hard Precambrian quartzite rocks.

Caparu Meseta

Waterfall has formed on the rim of 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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