The Auyantepuy Waterfalls (or Auyantepui Waterfalls) were basically waterfalls that lept off the Auyantepui plateau that we just so happened to have noticed while doing the overflight to Angel Falls as well as during the river transport portion of the land tour to Angel Falls. Of course, in order to even entertain the aerial option, we had to have good weather (which we were very lucky to have as a storm was clearing on the day we did the overflight) as we were then on our way back to Ciudad Bolivar from Canaima.
I’ve decided to dedicate a page to these waterfalls since there were quite a few of them that we couldn’t allow to be forgotten into obscurity without at least getting some love from us. While there might have been a few “permanent” waterfalls, most of them were probably ephemeral so the ones that I was able to photograph may not be there on a different visit.
In any case, the quantity of waterfalls from the high rainfall and condensation in this unique ecosystem was very remarkable. I wasn’t sure if there were other ways to visit these waterfalls from dedicated trails or specific ground tours given how remote this area was, but it made the overflight and the usual boat/hike tour to Angel Falls all the more magical.
We were able to experience these waterfalls automatically as part of our tour to Angel Falls. For the logistics on how we made this tour happen, click here.
As mentioned earlier, the weather plays a very large part in the routes that the propeller planes could take. So it’s really the luck of the draw whether you’ll get to experience these waterfalls or not.
As for the river portion of the tour, the conditions depended on the river levels (there had to be enough water in the river to prevent portaging or cancellation of the tour altogether). Since we were experiencing lots of rain during our trip in late November 2007, this wasn’t a problem.
Finally, for some geographical context, Canaima (the base of our camp and starting/end of our tour) was roughly a 75- to 90-minute flight from Ciudad Bolívar or Puerto Ordaz. Both of these intermediate cities are roughly 2 hours flight from Caracas.
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