Waterfalls in Latin America and the Caribbean
For the purposes of this website, we’re defining the Latin America Waterfalls to include those from all of Central America and South America. We’re also including the Caribbean as part of this continent.
Although there are other widely varying interpretations of the term Latin America, we’re sticking with the above interpretation. Generally, it’s predominantly Spanish that’s spoken in this part of the world, but there are exceptions such as Brazil (Portuguese) and Guyana (English) among others.
Simply put, Latin America Waterfalls (particularly those in South America) are some of the largest and most strikingly beautiful in the world. For it is in South America that you’ll find the tallest waterfall in the world in Angel Falls, one of the biggest in the world in Iguazú Falls, and other monsters that don’t have superlatives attached to them like Kaieteur Falls and Catarata Gocta.
The continent also harbors a wide variety of ecosystems ranging from the dense and bio-diverse equatorial tropical rainforests such as the Amazon to the sharp peaks and glaciers of Patagonia. There’s also lots of indigenous history perhaps best embodied by the dramatic Machu Pichu in the Peruvian Andes Mountains.
No doubt about it, there’s lots to see here. And while much of the area is either undeveloped or have yet to be industrialized, that leaves many more mysteries and pleasant surprises that Nature has in store for the adventurous. One place that comes to mind that I regret not doing when we had the chance is La Gran Sabana amongst the table-like tepuys of Venezuela’s southeast.
We’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible in Latin America. We hope to be fortunate enough to visit many more Latin American waterfalls and share our experiences with you…
Not to be outdone, the Caribbean consists of a cluster of islands within the Gulf of Mexico surrounded by the United States to the north, Mexico to the west, South America to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
For many people, this is a great place to unwind and get away from home (especially to escape the cold Winters) as the region offers sandy beaches, mountains, the charm of its people and towns, posh all-inclusive resorts, and of course waterfalls!
Many of the waterfalls in these islands provide perfect excuses to cool off for a swim beneath them or for quality time spent away from the resorts and back into Nature. Their invigorating qualities complement all the amenities and food you’re likely to have to round out your time in the tropics.
So far, we only have a humble sampling of waterfalls though we’re hopeful to experience more waterfalls with continued visits to more Caribbean islands…