This look at ten of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls lets you–literally–soak up nature!
The natural wonders presented below will make you feel tiny in their immensity, yet fortunate to be able to witness such a spectacle. Here’s a look at ten beautiful waterfalls around the world where you can feel the strength of these ten enchanting waterfalls, hear the wild roar of their waters, sense the power of their cascade and admire the magic of the surrounding rainbows.
1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
Does the Devil’s Throat ring a bell? It should. It’s the largest (260 feet) of Iguazu Falls 275 cascades. Not only is Iguazo considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world but it is also among the best known as they have even made cameos in blockbuster films such as “Indiana Jones” and “James Bond”. Bordering Argentina and Brazil, they are one of South America’s greatest natural treasures that you must see with your own eyes.
2. Niagara Falls, Canada and the United States
The largest waterfalls in North America belong to Niagara, a name that means water thunder in the Iroquois language. You’ll understand why they’re so-called when you see and feel their strength in person. Straddling Canada and the United States, Niagra Falls is known as the horseshoe waterfall, the American waterfall and the bridal veil. Apart from their undoubted natural attraction, they also generate a great deal of electrical energy.
3. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
The African continent is home to one of the most extraordinary waterfalls in the world. Scottish explorer David Livingstone discovered them in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. Situated in two natural parks on the Zambian-Zimbabwe border, the impactful Victoria waterfalls were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. At 365 feet, the falls are a natural aquatic spectacle.
4. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland
With its countless landscapes of sublime beauty, Iceland never ceases to amaze–Game of Thrones fans will agree! The Seljalandsfoss waterfall originates in the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, a name which means liquid waterfall, and is one of the Nordic country’s most emblematic waterfalls. At 213 feet high, visiting the waterfall is an unforgettable experience, as you can climb up to its source, walk behind it and merge with nature.
5. Havasu Waterfall, United States
We have previously waxed poetic about the Grand Canyon, which is celebrating its centennial as a National Park this year. One of its most interesting enclaves is the Havasu waterfall cascading down a 100-meter drop cliff. Thanks to the water’s high mineral content, the pool formed under the waterfall gleams a singular intense shade of blue, which contrasts with the copper rocks to create an extraordinary landscape.
6. Huangguoshu Waterfalls, China
Huangguoshu means waterfalls of yellow fruit trees. With such a striking name, it’s no surprise that the Huangguoshu waterfalls do not disappoint. Located on the Baishui River, their tallest cascade drops 250 feet, rendering the falls one of the largest in China. They can be admired from various angles and contain a natural cave from where, on sunny days, you can see a rainbow: it’s dreamy!
7. Detian Falls, Vietnam and China
We have already discussed the dramatic sensation that is usually experienced when admiring the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Maybe it will happen to you in front of the Detian waterfalls because their beauty is from another planet. They are located between China and Vietnam, less than 200 miles from Hanoi. Long before you arrive, you will begin to hear the water’s roar, a prelude to one of the greenest landscapes you have ever seen in your life. At 120 miles wide, the great power of the falls is appeased in the well inhabited by large fish, which are often local dinner.
8. Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes Nature Park, located two hours from Zagreb, is a must for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park boasts thousands of hectares of spectacular virgin forests, turquoise lakes, streams, springs, canyons, and a large waterfall 250-feet high, making it the largest in Croatia. We recommend spending the whole day in this incredible natural park.
9. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Attention: this is the highest waterfall in the world! Angel Falls’s cascades plummet more than 3,000 feet. Located in Canaima National Park, its name is a nod to Jimmy Angel, the American aviator who discovered this impressive waterfall. Expect lots of mist, a deafening roar and a mesmerizing force of the water.
10. Epupa Waterfalls, Namibia
The Epupa waterfalls are among Africa’s most beautiful. Their name, Epupa, quite appropriately, means foam. They are found in the Kunene River, in the region of the same name on the border between Angola and Namibia. More than 120 feet high, the falls’ different cascades create a veil of mist that hovers over the pools of this natural wonder.