In May of 2011 Dima Moiseenko left for Venezuela to shoot the highest waterfall in the world – the Angel Falls. The shooting took two days and was very complicated both in its technical aspect and because of the weather. Dima shot the Angel Falls itself, a few neighboring waterfalls in tepuys and spheres over the gold mines on his way back. Now we represent the first part of the shooting – a virtual tour in Venezuela over the Angel Falls’ surroundings, the Dragon and Cortina Falls as well as over the gold mines.
Instructions: Allow the virtual tour a few seconds to load. You can use your mouse (with the left button pressed) to move about. On the right there are different scenes you can choose from. Use the up and down arrow keys to zoom in and out.
The total height of the waterfall is 979 meters and the altitude of the endless water fall is 807 meters. The fall altitude is so high that before reaching the ground water sprays with the tiny drops and changes into a fog.
It’s worth mentioning that Venezuela is a unique country. In addition to Hugo Chávez and oil prices (an off-road vehicle’s tank full of gasoline will cost approx. USD 3.30) there are tepuys.
Tepuys are a kind of the strange view mountains with the flat tops and famous all over the world as “table top mountains” (perhaps, because they are flat a table). Just imagine: in deep jungle there are 1 kilometer high rocks with the vertical walls and flat tops.
That is why water accumulates there after every single rain and then falls down changing into numerous waterfalls. The Angel Falls is just one of them but with the highest altitude of water fall which is almost 1 kilometer. From the same Auyantepui Mountain the more full-flowing rivers fall down but the altitude of their vertical fall is maximum 200-300 meters.
At the same time there is a problem: in a hot, dry season the Angel Falls changes into a thin water stream and in a rainy season vice versa – into a real waterfall. But the weather is so changeable there that watching after the Angel for a month it might be hard to view and enjoy all its beauty…