Wonders of Venezuela
Venezuela is famous for its primeval, vast natural areas with numerous impressive natural monuments: such as the plateaus with abrupt walls (tepui) and numerous very impressive waterfalls, including the world’s highest one – Angel Falls.
Extremely high biodiversity is characteristic for the entire country.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 25 wonders of Venezuela
This is the tallest and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, with a total height of 979 meters. It has the highest single drop (807 meters) in the world.
The famous table-mountains in this part of the world have near-unique karst formations in quartzite. Over the many millions of years, it has been eroded by water, creating countless very interesting formations. Roraima is up to 2.8 km high.
314 and 248 meters deep, ancient quartzite sinkholes located on the top of forested table-top mountains and containing patches of isolated, primeval rainforest on their bottoms.
Kukenaam Falls (Cuquenan Falls)
With 674 meters in height and 61 meters in width plunging from the rim of a tepui, this fall is similar in many respects to the world’s tallest waterfall – Angel Falls.
Giant tepui with the world’s tallest waterfalls falling over its rims.
In the marshy delta of Catatumbo River, during 140 – 160 days and nights (10 hours mainly in the afternoons) a year there is almost continuous powerful lightning. This location is the world’s most powerful generator of tropospheric ozone.
This spectacular tepui (local table-top mountain) has up to 900 meters high, abrupt walls. Its small summit area is covered with diverse ecosystems that contain eight endemic species that are not seen outside this small platform. Cave runs through the mountain.
383 meters deep, ancient quartzite sinkhole. The stream that flows through it, emerges at one side of the steep wall of Auyantepui and here, in the open air, it falls down for some 100 m.
Pará Falls (Salto Pará)
The widest waterfall in South America, it is 5,608 meters wide and 64 meters high.
Sistema Roraima Sur
The longest known cave system in quartzite. It contains numerous unique geological formations. Investigated up to 16,400 meters in length.
Cueva del Fantasma
A collapsed gorge on the slope of Aprada tepui, with an extremely impressive, enormous entrance hall.
Roraima Falls (Salto Roraima)
This waterfall is 610 meters high and 23 meters wide, falling from the high wall of a tepui.
A waterfall that falls over bright red jasper.
Los Médanos de Coro
This aeolian landscape is 5 by 30 kilometers large and consists of sand dunes that are up to 40 meters high.
Unusual quartzite cave on Auyantepui that is explored to 15,450 m length. Here are located amazing, nearly unique silicate formations.
Aponguao Falls (Salto Aponwao, Chinak Meru)
Very impressive, powerful waterfall, 106 meters high, and approximately 200 meters wide.
Very picturesque waterfall.
Canaima Lagoon Falls
Very picturesque waterfall.
Pedernales mud volcanoes
A group of spectacular 10 – 20 meters tall, active mud volcanoes.
The only forested tepui. Here are two unusual sinkholes – Sima Humboldt and Sima Martel.
10.5 km long cave system where lives the largest colony of guácharos, consisting of roughly 15,000 large birds with the unique ability to orientate with the help of echolocation.
A site with diverse archaeological monuments: such as 165 rocks with approximately 445 petroglyphs (around 0 – the 7th century AD) and megalithic alignments.
The most authentic colonial town in Venezuela. It was established in 1527 and to a large extent has preserved its unique adobe houses and old cobbled streets. Although the town was built with a heavy old European influence, it shows the results of indigenous planning and building methods, creating a large impact on the development of the whole region.
Mountain of Sorte
The central pilgrimage place for the María Lionza religious cult.
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