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.

Frederico Ahlfeld Falls on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates: 13.7576 S 60.9786 W
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 3 out of 10 stars
Where is located? 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)

Landmarks of Bolivia

Laguna Verde, Potosí in Bolivia
Laguna Verde, Potosí / Pedro Szekely, / CC BY 2.0
It would be modest to say that Bolivia is an exciting country: Bolivia IS full with unexpected, pleasant surprises!

This country has an amazing natural diversity – from highland deserts and snow capped mountains to wast lowlands covered with tropical forest. Here are found all kinds of landmarks. Some landmarks are well known internationally, many (undeservedly) – not, and many still are waiting for their discovery.

Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, / public domain
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