Several impressive rapids and waterfalls have formed on Mazaruni River on its route down from Pacaraima Mountains. Aruwai Falls are among the most impressive ones.

Mazaruni River starts high in Roraima tepui. These little-explored highlands are spectacular, with unexplored tablelands – tepui. Diamonds are mined here since the late 19th century.

River before the falls is approximately 300 m wide, it flows in majestic, wide canyon covered with pristine rainforest.

Mazaruni divides at the falls with an island. The main flow at the falls is approximately 400 m wide, the smaller northern arm is narrower. The river and the landscape change at the falls. Mazaruni falls into a narrow gorge with a majestic, torrential waterfall. The stream is squeezed and is approximately 50 – 70 m wide. Falls have several steps over the distance of 2 km, total height difference exceeds 60 meters.

Aruwai Falls are included in the following lists:

Map of 10 major waterfalls in Guyana
Waterfalls of Guyana, map
Waterfalls of Guyana


  1. Image of falls, accessed on 25 March 2012.
Aruwai Falls on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates: 6.3294 N 60.5782 W
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 3 out of 10 stars
Where is located? South America, Guyana, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Mazaruni River
Height: ˜ 60 m (over 2 km distance)
Average width: > 500 m

Landmarks of Guyana

Georgetown Cathedral in Guyana, interior
Georgetown Cathedral, interior / Ian Mackenzie, / CC BY 2.0
In future Guyana may bring many positive surprises – this country is little explored and may hide unique natural monuments unknown to the people. For most part Guyana consists of unspoilt nature – wast expanses of tropical forests, savannah, mountains.

Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, Wikimedia Commons / public domain
Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

Recommended books

Navigators Travel to Guyana

Navigators Travel to Guyana is the follow up to Navigators Travel to Barbados written by Howard Liverpool. This time our intrepid explorers travel to Guyana and learn about the history and geography of the country. They also sample some of the local cuisine and have a scary encounter with a ram sheep.

Natural Wonders of the World

From the Rocky Mountains to the Great barrier Reef and everything in between, Natural Wonders of the World combines breathtaking landscape photography and illustrations with 3-D terrain models and other explanatory artworks to reveal what lies beneath the surface and explain the geological processes to show how the features were formed. Plants and animals that inhabit each environment are also included, making Natural Wonders of the World a complete celebration of our world.

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