10 Largest and Splendid Waterfalls in the World

It is impossible to remain indifferent in the face of so much beauty. With all its splendor, nature presents us with breathtaking waterfalls around the globe. Here are some of the largest and beautiful waterfalls in the world!

1. Iguazu falls (Brazil and Argentina)

On the border between Paraná, Brazil, and Misiones, Argentina, is one of the most astounding and the largest waterfall Iguazu Falls located. According to the volume of the waterfall, this waterfall is the largest in the world, with an average of 1.3 million liters per second. 

This natural beauty is surrounded by the waters of the Iguaçu River, the 275 waterfalls are between 60 and 82 m high. To see them, you must enter the Iguaçu National Park, surrounded by a 1.2 km walkway that provides a beautiful view of the attraction.

2. Victoria Falls, (Zambia and Zimbabwe)

Victoria Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe)

It is the largest waterfall in Africa, with an average waterfall of 1 million liters per second. Located on the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, its size is also impressive with 1.7 km wide and between 61 and 128 m high. 

In addition to the indisputable beauty, the waterfall holds two curiosities. The first is that it is known as “Mosi-ao-Tunya” in the local language. The second is that it was found in 1855 by Scottish explorer David Livingstone, who named it after Queen Victoria. 

3. Niagara Falls, (the USA and Canada)

Coincidently, three of the largest waterfalls happened to be located in between two nations. Is it because of its vastness, ironically? More than 12 million people visit this piece of paradise every year, which borders the Canadian province of Ontario and the State of York, in the USA, through Lake Erie. 

It is not for nothing that they became the most famous waterfalls in North America. There is something right? The three falls together add up to an average volume of 4.5 million liters per second, which flow into the Niagara River and also serve as a source of hydroelectric energy. Its name comes from the Indian word Onguiaahora (great thunder of water, in English).

4. Angel Waterfall (Venezuela)

Have you ever thought about jumping from the top of a 1 km high waterfall? If it is not possible to accomplish this feat, at least it is worth enjoying. The view of this the highest waterfall in the world is mesmerizing. 

The height is so great that, before reaching the ground, much of the water is evaporated or carried away as a fine mist by the force of the winds. To see this beauty from close, you need to go to the Guiana Plateau, one of the five regions of Venezuela where the Auyantepui mountain and the Churum river resides, which surround the waterfall.

5. Yosemite Falls (California, USA)

Yosemite National Park, in Sierra Nevada, California, is home to the highest waterfalls in the USA. It marks the height of 739 m. The attraction includes a set of three waterfalls. This waterfall has a great advantage for those less adventurous or little physically prepared. Because access to them is considered easy. Choosing the late spring to visit this place is the best option since the water flow is at its peak at this very moment.

6. Kaieteur Waterfall (Guyana)

One of the most stunning single-drop waterfalls in the world, Kaieteur is located on the Potaro River in central Guyana, within the national park of the same name. Its peculiarity lies in the unique combination of quantities between height (from 226 to 251 m), width (100 m), and a lot of water. In addition to the main waterfall, it is enormously breathtaking. And by the way, the attraction also has a series of steep that combines into smaller waterfalls.

7. Gullfoss waterfall (Iceland)

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland, the Gullfoss waterfall is located in the canyon of the Hvítá River. It falls under the southwest of the country. 

Anyone can visit this waterfall both in winter and summer. The waterfall reaches 150 m³ of water volume during the summer, and 80 m³ during the winter. Another difference is its sharp curves, perpendicular to the flow of the river. And forms three waterfalls which are 11, 21, and 32 m deep and 2.5 km long.

8. Dettifoss Falls (Iceland)

Known as one of the largest and most powerful waterfalls in Europe, Dettifoss is located on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River. And it is within the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, in the Mývatn area, in northeastern Iceland. At 100 m wide and 44 m high, the cataract has a water flow of around 500 m³ per second, depending on the season and the summer melt. It is possible to have several perspectives of its milky waters. Perspectives are fed by the melting of the Vatnajökull glacier. Both sides of the cataract can be visited.

9. Sutherland Falls (New Zealand)

New Zealand is known for its extreme sports and stunning natural beauty. And it could not be left out of the list with the most amazing waterfalls in the world. Sutherland Falls, this beauty is on the Milford Trail, on the South Island of the country. After a 45-minute walk along the main trail, you reach the waterfall. It is at 580 m in height, is the highest in the country.

10. Yellowstone Falls (USA)

Two major waterfalls are the attractions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. The upper falls are 33 m high, and the lower, 94 m. On the other hand, the width is narrow, with only 22 m. An ancient and imposing 304 m high canyon surrounds the waterfalls. And it also reaches a volume of 240 m³ per second during peak flow.

It is not easy to select the 10 most stunning and largest waterfalls in the world since there are many. If anyone of you has any better suggestion, then please put it on the comment section. We will be glad to include it in the list.

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