Auyantepuy Waterfalls

Canaima National Park, Bolivar, Venezuela

About Auyantepuy Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: tour
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Date first visited: 2007-11-21
Date last visited: 2007-11-22

Waterfall Latitude: 6.00054
Waterfall Longitude: -62.62185

The Auyantepuy Waterfalls (or Auyantepui Waterfalls) were basically waterfalls that lept off the Auyantepui plateau.

We just so happened to have noticed them while doing the overflight of Angel Falls as well as during the river transport portion of the land tour to Angel Falls.

Transmandu_flight_040_11222007 - Some of the Auyantepuy Waterfalls that we encountered
Some of the Auyantepuy Waterfalls that we encountered

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.

Authorities

The Auyantepuy Waterfalls reside in Canaima National Park in the Bolivar state. To my knowledge, there doesn’t appear to be an official governmental authority directly managing Canaima National Park. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, the closest authoritative source of information that I could find was the UNESCO World Heritage Centre website.

Rio_Carrao_008_11212007 - Ephemeral waterfalls coming off the tepuy as seen from the river
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Angel_Falls_037_11212007 - Waterfall coming off an arm of Auyantepuy just opposite Angel Falls
Rio_Carrao_089_11222007 - Ephemeral waterfall barely visible between an opening in the clouds
Transmandu_flight_028_11222007 - Ephemeral waterfall seen from the air in an Angel Falls overflight
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Transmandu_flight_111_11222007 - More waterfalls leaping from tepuys as seen during our flight back to Ciudad Bolivar from Canaima

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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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