Imagine sitting on a place surrounded by a panorama of majestic rivers, mighty mountains, and rolling landscapes. This is what one could exactly find when visiting a waterfall, whether by a remote jungle or in the middle of the scorching desert. Really, such a tranquil experience couldn’t be found anywhere else, especially if you’re looking for both a sense of serenity and adventure. From Arizona to Zimbabwe, let #WorldJuanderer guide you as we list down the best waterfall destinations from around the world.
- Havasu Falls, Arizona
What can one find in the middle of America’s great plains, aside from its deep canyons and charming small towns? In Arizona, one can actually find a refreshing paradise in the ethereal Havasu Falls, right within the iconic Grand Canyon. With its high concentration of calcium carbonate, the waters here are in a vivid blue-green, making for a refreshing contrast from the fire-red walls of the surrounding desert. These are also located on the ancestral lands of the Havasupai, where one can learn firsthand about the waterfalls’ significance to the 800-year-old tribe.
- Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Overlooking the borders of both Zambia and Zimbabwe, the roaring Victoria Falls are known to many as the widest curtain waterfall in the world. The waters here can be heard as far as 40 kilometers away, with the local Kololo tribe describing it as “The Smoke That Thunders”. To get the best photography opportunities, we recommend traversing the almost 2-kilometer wide scenery by helicopter.
- Dettifoss, Iceland
Have a one-of-a-kind travel experience in Iceland’s Dettifoss falls, said to be the most powerful in Europe. It is situated along the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which traces its origins to the stunning Vatnajökull glacier found further north.
While it makes for great photo-ops on its own, Dettifoss is an equally enchanting adventure destinations for trekkers and casual sightseers alike. Nearby, one can come across a network of outlet glaciers and glacier tongues, along with a beautiful contrast of grassy and stony cliffs that almost feel naturally architectural.
- Angel Falls, Venezuela
Of course, a list like this must always include Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world. Rising up to 979 meters, these gorgeous waterfalls cascade down the lush Devil’s Canyon and into the jungles of the Canaima National Park. This is also a place where one can find the ultimate serenity – there are no roads leading to Canaima, resulting in unspoilt views and making a helicopter or plane tour all the more necessary.
5. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Croatia boasts more than just fantastic fortresses and gorgeous beaches. It’s also an ideal nature watching destination, with the Plitvice Lakes National Park being a great pitstop. Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979, it continues to be Croatia’s most visited tourist spot – even amid the beach-driven travel boom the country has experienced in recent years.
More than a single waterfall, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is actually a complex network of natural wonders, comprised of 16 crystalline and mineral-rich lakes. These then tumble into each other via a series of cascades and waterfalls, which continually change as time goes on. If you’re lucky, you can even find colorful clouds of butterflies drifting above the national park.
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