Mesmerizing and awe-inspiring, waterfalls are among the planet’s most captivating phenomena. While there are falls on every continent on Earth, some are particularly visit-worthy; here are our picks for eight of the world’s very best waterfalls, reports afar.com.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The dramatic beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park is owed to its 16 sparkling terraced lakes, where the calcium-rich waters spill into a series of cascades and caves—all set amid a fairy-tale forest that’s home to brown bears, wolves, lynx, and wild boar.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of South America’s top tourist destinations, with visitors pouring in to Iguazu National Park to glimpse the area’s roughly 275 waterfalls. Altogether, they form a horseshoe shape spanning 1.7 miles along both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the Iguazu River, with the highest falls plummeting 269 feet, making Iguazu one of the largest waterfalls in the world.
Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, Vietnam & China
Remote Ban Gioc is one of Vietnam’s most famous falls, where it converges with China’s Detian Falls to create one of the largest waterfalls in Asia. It forms as the Quay Son River emerges from a rocky landscape on the border of Vietnam and China, gushing 100 feet over natural walls, before sluicing through rice fields and thatches of jungle.
Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls is certainly one of the world’s largest waterfalls—and is arguably the most impressive. Known locally by its indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “smoke that thunders,” you can hear and see the falls from miles away. As the placid Zambezi River, separating Zambia from Zimbabwe, reaches its widest point, the entire river plummets from cliffs nearly 360 feet high into a chasm of churning water and mist below.
Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations, where the sediment-heavy Hvítá river cascades more than 100 feet, in two tiers, into the Gullfossgjúfur canyon. It’s an especially impressive sight during summer’s warmer months, when glacial runoff causes the river to swell.
Niagara Falls, USA & Canada
Niagara Falls has captured the imaginations of generations of honeymooners, tourists, and barrel-ensconced daredevils. Niagara is composed of three separate falls: American and Bridal Veil falls on the U.S. side, and Horseshoe Falls—the most powerful waterfall in North America by flow rate and the tallest of the three falls at 167 feet—on the border.
Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
Reaching remote Sutherland Falls requires some effort. But the reward is jaw-dropping views of New Zealand’s tallest waterfall. Sutherland escapes through a gap in a glacial cirque before tumbling more than 1,900 feet over three sections.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Getting to Angel Falls is neither quick nor particularly easy, but the payoff is spectacular once the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall comes into view, tumbling 3,212 feet from a tabletop mountain in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park. During the dry season, from December through April, there’s less water coming over, but also a better chance of seeing the falls; during the rest of the year, in the rainy season, clouds can obscure the falls completely.
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