Angel Falls

Angel Falls, Canaima National Park: Hours, Address, Angel Falls Reviews: 5/5

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This breathtakingly beautiful waterfall is 16 times the height of Niagara Falls and one of Venezuela's top tourist draws.
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kaj N
Copenhagen Region, Denmark3 contributions
I traveled in Venezuela for two weeks in December.
Given that I had only two weeks of vacation, I searched for some local operators in order to travel very efficiently although I normally prefer on my own. I contacted several local tour companies, but I decided to work with explorepartners.com since they a long history of experience.
For 14 days I traveled to La Gran Sabana, Angel Falls tour plus Caracas and Los Roques. During my tour, I did not worry about my safety because partners provided all services. Remember to bring USD small cash.

La Gran Sabana 6 nights and Angel Falls 2 nights in Ucaima Camp + 4 days in Posada Los Roques.
It was all amazing + I really enjoyed it all but the weather could have been better in the eastern part of the country. When it is rainy season it is harder to see great views compared to dry season. The rainy season is the best time to visit Angel Falls. You might visit several falls including Angel falls for 3 days. Obviously Angel Falls are the most famous tourist place compared to other falls during the tour, I personally preferred other falls and the islands of Los Roques because of various activities. You could swim and dive all day.

The whole tour was exciting - the last day I had chance to go to Caracas. Many people might avoid traveling to Caracas given the safety issue. But there is no problema - great life style and atmosphere here. Thanks to the local guide provided I could look around Caracas and learn many things about Venezuela including the Islands.
Written April 27, 2020
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CanaimaTours
Dear Sir It was a pleasure to accommodate you and organize all of your tours in Venezuela - Canaima will now receive its first flight from Maiquetia as of a long time -again the 14/01/21 and you are all welcome
Written January 19, 2021
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Kazzie1409
Sydney, Australia101 contributions
It is a wonder of the natural world and rightly so. What is even more incredible is that you get to share it with the people you are travelling with and that's about it. There is no one around. No jostling for photo opportunities because it is just you and that waterfall! Incredible. The trip we took was on long boats from near Waku Lodge where we stayed. The boatmen do an incredible job through the rapids and it took us just over four hours to get there. The hike up to the viewing platform is strenuous and I would suggest poles but the view is worth it. You will get wet on the boat so make sure you have good waterproof gear particularly for your cameras. A trip I will never forget.
Written March 20, 2020
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Myra Brian
Las Vegas, NV18 contributions
We experienced this wonder in all of its glory many years ago in 1982. We stayed overnight in Canaima Village. Rose at 5 in the morning and took wooden power boats along the river for hours to Mouse Island. Then trod across the island to the base of the falls and felt the power of them cascade down. On the way back we visited another falls.
The next day we flew over the Falls on a ancient DC 9 plane and we had to crank the wheels up and down. It was right out of a Indiana Jones movie but what a absolutely awesome sight. In the day it was arranged by Avianca Airlines.
Written January 3, 2020
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Rodrigo P
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Angell falls is a unique place and a wonder of the world. Located in Canaima national park in Venezuela, you would adventure through the river for several hours to end up at the base of this impressive waterfall. The experience is definitely worth to be lived at least one and contemplate the majestic fall of the water from the tepuis.

I went with Osprey expeditions and it was a fantastic tour all around. Ben was a great guide that will make your adventure even better.
Written August 11, 2021
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glynis-brown2004
Northumberland, UK25 contributions
In October 2004 we visited the Canaima National Park on a one-day trip. From Margarita Island it was approximately a 2 hour flight to Venezuela, accompanied by our tour guide, Jesus Hernandez. (Cost $215 each.) The flight was in a 12 seater plane and he pointed out places of interest as we flew over them.

After landing in Canaima, we had a drink then walked through the countryside till we came to the lagoon. We got into boats which took us past many waterfalls then alighted on a small beach. We then walked behind two of the waterfalls, this was fantastic! (You will get very wet and you need to wear either trainers or other sensible footwear.) Cameras are carried by a young lad in a plastic bag so they don't get wet. We climbed to the top of one of the waterfalls and could see for miles over the countryside.

After returning to the beach, we were ferried back to the other end of the lagoon where we left the boat. Another walk took us back to the camp where we had lunch and a visit to a souvenir shop. By this time we had to board our plane for the return journey. We had flown past the Angel Falls on the outward journey but were unable to see the falls because of clouds so our pilot flew past again and we were able to get some photos from the plane.

This brief report does not do justice to the trip, it was absolutely wonderful, Jesus, our tour guide, certainly knows his stuff and was a pleasure to get to know. If you get the chance, include this trip in your holiday as it is just awesome.

One word of warning - to do justice to this trip it is essential that you are physically fit as there is quite a lot of climbing involved.
Written October 23, 2004
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Butch C
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A tour with LTA from Margarita island (c£200)included a trip up the Orinoco Delta, a night in the jungle, a walk behind El Sapo and a flight over Angel Falls. This was nothing less than awesome. If you are staying on Margarita or in Venezuela, you must do this. I will never forget it, and will never be able to put it into words to do it justice. Just Do It!
Written June 3, 2004
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AmyH27
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Firstly - Angel Falls is absolutely amazing, everyone should go!! 

Unfortunately I'm posting this review to warn other travelers about using Bernal Tours/Sapito Tours for their trip to Angel Falls. 

We have been traveling through south america for the last few months (and have extensive other travel experience) and have never experienced such disorganization, incompetence, and lack of respect for clients.

The problems began immediately upon our arrival in Canaima, where we waited almost 45 minutes until someone came to greet us. 

Our problems continued on the evening of our first day, when our guide asked if we wanted to go to town to look around before dinner back at the camp. They told us to meet at the snack bar at 6.30pm to make the trip back. We waited at the snack bar for half an hour and noone showed up, until a man, clearly drunk and/or high showed up and motioned for us to come with him. He was so drunk that he was slurring his words and fell into the boat. He could barely start the engine, and kept bumping into the other boats as we left. 

He then proceeded to take us into the dark river, with no lights, and a different way then we had gone previously. He didn't speak a word of English, so we couldn't communicate with him, although even if he did he would have no doubt been too drunk to converse with. 

He then rammed into the mangroves, and the motor died. He just sat there, not trying to start the motor, not doing anything, while we tried to figure out what was going on. All he could say was 'no gasolina', so we assumed we had run out of gas. It was pitch black, we had no idea where we were, and we could hear a waterfall closeby. We started pleading with him to do something (even to take us back to the beach to arrange alternative transport) but he did nothing as we started drifting closer to the waterfall. He eventually started the motor, but then went backwards (back from shore, towards the sound of the waterfall). At this point, we thought there was a real possibility we were going to die. 

Luckily, we then bumped into some empty canoes and realised we were still close to shore, so we made the decision to jump off the still moving boat and wade to shore to try to find some help. By some miracle, after walking through bushland, we made it back to camp. 

The trip had taken us almost half an hour and put us in a potentially life threatening situation for what should have been a simple five minute journey. 

The fact that Bernal would allow clients to be taken back to camp without a guide, in pitch black darkness with no lights, in massive waterfall territory, by a drunk/high driver that speaks no English, is absolutely unacceptable. 

I wish that had been the only incident of incompetence by Bernal, but unfortunately it continued. The next morning we were awoken by camp employees and told we needed to hurry, pack up our things in a few minutes, scoff down breakfast, and go with them back to town. When we went to brush our teeth they told us we had to leave 'ahora ahora' and practically shoved us into the boat. We assumed we had overslept, and were in danger of missing the boat to Angel Falls. 

However, once in town, they dropped us at the Kavac camp, and said they would be back in ten minutes or so. We then waited there for THREE HOURS, by ourselves, without a word from anyone about what was happening. Worried that we were going to miss the boat, every hour or so we would try to find a representative from Bernal to give us an update, but noone would tell us anything. 

Luckily the far more organised Kavac tours let us go with them- otherwise we would have surely missed out on the trip altogether. The Kavac tour guide told us later that they saw us sitting there for three hours, had no idea what we were doing, and eventually took pity on us and added us to their tour. 

Kavac were outstanding in their customer service- the guide continually updated us about what was happening and changes in plan as we left late, the drivers and camp staff were absolute professionals (no drunk or high drivers in sight), and the difference between how we were treated as compared to Bernal was astounding. 

When we got back to Canaima, the problems with Bernal continued. Our Kavac guide told us that someone from Bernal had told him they would meet us at the snack bar and then take us to the airport from there, so they dropped us off. We waited there for about twenty minutes before we realized that this was another mistake by Bernal Tours and nobody was coming, and that we would need to just find our way to the airport ourselves (given we were meant to be leaving an hour later). We eventually found the airport, and then sat there waiting for three hours for our (delayed) plane. 

All in all, we absolutely loved Angel Falls, it is a must-do, once in a lifetime experience- but Bernal's incompetence, unprofessionalism and disregard for client welfare really put a dampener on our trip. 

It is especially disappointing given Walter (Bernal) was so great with organising everything by email beforehand- obviously that level of customer service occurs only until full payment for the tour is received. 

As a final note, we emailed Walter with this feedback, two weeks ago (the day after we returned from the trip), and have not even received a reply. 

We stayed at a great posada in Ciudad Bolivar run by a nice, helpful and professional German guy, Reiner, everyone else that stayed there went to the falls with his company and seemed to enjoy it, so if we had our time again we would definately go with him- his email is mailto:info@gekkotours-venezuela.de

Reiner also helped us organise a private transfer from Santa Elena for a reasonable price (as we were arriving early in the morning from Boa Vista by porpuesto and didn't want to wait for the overnight bus). We would recommend doing that as well! 
Written June 23, 2012
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880stanley
Caracas, Venezuela11 contributions
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This national park is what so many people target to come to visit in Venezuela with the highlights being Canaima Lagoon and Angel Falls (the world's tallest falls at 979 metres). There are other places to visit for the discerning hiker, trekker as such. Fantasma Canyon, Kavak/Uruyen even add a few days and go by river to or from Kamarata Valley to Canaima via Angel Falls. Try to add a river trip up stream to the Pemón community of Awaraparu or a hike to Kamadak (dry season only). Loads to do one trip might not be enough....
Written November 29, 2016
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Sharon C
Sydney, Australia91 contributions
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Angel Falls (named after Mr Angel) is remote. Today was our (group of 12) visit to the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel Falls. We had a call at 4am at Waku Lodge and herded at reception at 4:30 for the immediate start that actually happened at 5am. We alighted large van bus things for the drive to the boat. The boat was a large wooden canoe carved from one tree, with wooden seats on which a seat had been placed. (you see the type at the football.) We boated up to the rapids (15 minutes) and walked whilst the crew took the boats over the rapids to meet us. At the briefing the previous night we were told the walk was 1.25km but we measured the walk at 2.64km. We hopped on the boat again for the next journey of 3 hours on the boat. Just after getting in we went through a rapid and were saturated. The sun was rising over the stunning mountain structures and it was still cold. Breakfast of sandwiches and salada biscuits were handed out followed by canned juice. The scenery was spectacular.

The trip was almost relaxing for a while until we hit rapid after rapid. Those mossy balls hanging out of the water were boulders. The boat scraped the rocks and we got stuck often. On our boat we had 7 guests, one guide, a driver and helper. So when we got stuck two went overboard and pulled this large boat whilst we rocked the boat. It took an enormous amount of work to get to Angel Falls. All through this we could not hold onto the sides of the boat. So those two to a seat had each other whilst I bent forward to a structural beam and others could hold onto their seat.

So we arrived at Angel Falls about 10 am and my legs were jelly after the boat ride. I could see Angel Falls from the landing point and made the decision not to climb to the viewing platform. I jumped into a hammock and slept. I made the decision after considering the inaccurate information given by the guide, Miquel, at the briefing. Two others started the walk but after a km they were told there was a long way to go (they were not half way) and they did not think they could make it. The guide told us it was a 1.25km walk with some scampering over rocks. No one tracked the distance with it appeared to be over 2km and a dam hard walk. Looking at google maps it looks like a distance of 2km as the crow flies. Longer by the undefined track.

After 2 -3 hours the whole group had returned enjoyed a bbq lunch. Going back we bailed water from the boat which gave us something to do and kept the water from going over our ankles. We arrived at the lodge about 6:30pm.

What we should have been told at the briefing was to take two pairs of shoes, one for the boat trip that could withstand the water in the boat (over our ankles), and another pair for the hike; also that the boat would get very wet and make provision for backpacks, such as a garbage bag, and for your camera such as a dry pack. I had a dry pack back at the lodge!!!

I did read a blog where a person recommended taking your own seating. That would have been excellent but I do not know how practical. My back was not happy about the trip but....

Worth it? YES but only for those of adventureous spirit.

We were away from the lodge for 13.5 ours. Depending on the water levels of the river, according to different blogs the trip to the base station can take between 3 to 6 hours. Our guides indicated they would not be able to take visitors to the base station within 2 weeks due to the water heights.
Written January 4, 2018
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Awanderingmemory
London226 contributions
Angel Falls is a once in a lifetime trip! And what a trip is was...
You here many a horror story about Venezuela and to be completely honest I was not enamared by the people at all!
However the countryside was spectacular - and I have a lot to compare it too.
The journey to Canaimia has to be made by light aircraft, which was a little scarey as the pilot has the newspaper out and was eating a sandwich for most of the way.. but I can not fault the scenery from the plane - incredible!
Canaima itself was very friendly, the locals are obviously used to the tourism and the lake was gorgeous.

Angel Falls itself is a good 6 hour boat ride from the base in Canaima but as already stated well worth the numb bum! It is like a journey into the lost world with nothing but jungle and Mountains surrounding you.
The water is insect free as it has an iron chemical taht keeps the mosquitos at bay...
Take lots of water though as the locals normally drink from the river and I wouldnt reccommend that!
The falls however are breathtaking, with views that would chill even the warm hearted. There is a reason this place has limited visits - its because its in the middle of no-where and there are no landing strips for planes within miles...
And that has kept it so natural! The beauty and remoteness of this place is simply spellbinding...
We also took the opportunity to swim in the base... absolutely freezing although it was so hot outside :-)
We stayed the night at the base of the falls and the only sound you can here is the water cascading off the worlds highest waterfall. And the darkness is completely different to the dark back home - pitch black with no light polution..

My only word of caution is NOT to use the company
Angel Eco Tours / Osprey Tours - they were simply awlful! The tour guide was rubbish not wanting to share local knoweldge and the trip down there from Caracas was also the most hideous I had ever had....
So BEWARE this company....
Written June 11, 2009
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