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Kaieteur Falls in Guyana, small country in South America is one of the most majestic spots on Earth. It also sports one other significant advantage - not many people have heard of Kaieteur Falls. Make Kaieteur Falls your next vacation spot and you will not only travel to see one of the most scenic waterfalls in the world, you will also vacation at a place not known of by many people. Sure, there are things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but everyone and their cousin has already been there. I would bet my Snickers King Size bar (can’t live without them) that your cousin has never heard of Kaieteur Falls or Guyana for that matter. I am willing to bet that even you didn’t know Guyana was in South America.

Kaieteur Falls Fact Sheet

If looking for new travel destinations you will find Kaieteur Falls located on the Potaro River in the center of Guyana. Kaieteur Falls flow over a flat sandstone cliff and then plunge down 226 meters (741 feet) making Kaieteur the largest single drop waterfall in the world. Once the falls reach its first break, it continues to tumble over remarkably beautiful rocks for another 25 meters (101 feet) for a total distance from top to bottom of 251 meters (822 feet).

If size does matter to you Kaieteur Falls has a drop of over five times the size of Niagara Falls and is twice as tall as Victoria Falls in Africa (located on Zambezi River). Although Victoria and Kaieteur Falls have similar local ecology the winner in both size and glory is Kaieteur.

Kaieteur Falls Flora and Fauna

Massive waterfalls are known for amazing flora and fauna. If all you want is water you might not care but if unusual, interesting and bizarre are on your list of favorites try Kaieteur Falls. Kaieteur Falls has Kaieteur Swifts (a type of bird) that are known for being the fastest living creatures quite capable of capturing flying insects. These little birds nest in the rocks behind the apparently impenetrable curtain of falling water. Many endangered species feel at home in the Kaieteur National Park and it’s fun and easy to observe them. Areas around Kaieteur Falls are especially designed to offer some great viewing of animals, birds and exotic plants.

Getting to Kaieteur Falls

There is no word to define how remote Kaieteur Falls and Kaieteur National Park really are. You have two choices for travel which is nice because it cuts down on decision making.

Getting There by Plane:
Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, has an airport and you can hop on a small air craft. It takes about and hour and offers an amazing bird’s eye view of the falls and the surrounding are which is simply spectacular...

Getting There on Foot:
If flying is too easy you might opt for the long walk to Kaieteur Falls, but you better be in pretty good shape for the stroll. It can take you 3 to 5 days to reach Kaieteur Falls. The advantage is that you will see lots of virgin rain forest with many great sights within Kaieteur National Park before you reach Kaieteur Falls.

While Kaieteur Falls is the most popular vacation spot in Guyana, you’re still not likely to be overrun by crowds and your hiking partner might be the only other person around if you go there during the week. During busier seasons and on weekends you might run across another tourist who dared the wild hike or flew over to see Kaieteur Falls. The entire area gives you the authentic wilderness experience not often offered by more popular tourist destinations. It’s that uniqueness and unsurpassed virgin beauty that would make it a trip of a lifetime.

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For more information about Kaieteur with beautiful pictures of the falls visit
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana. This is just one of many Vacation Ideas presented to you by world renown photographer and travel writer Mark Marek. Mark also writes about his travels throughout Cuba on Cuba Tourism

 

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Mention waterfalls in Guyana to any West Indian and immediately the name Kaituer Falls is mentioned and certainly as the tallest single drop waterfall in the world this is one of the great wonders of Guyana. However Kaituer Falls is not the only waterfall in Guyana as the country has 276 waterfalls. This article will look at some of these waterfalls.

Marshall Falls is one waterfall that is fairly easy for anyone staying in the capital Georgetown to visit. A minibus ride from Georgetown to the river town of Parika and then a one hour boat ride across the Essequibo River to the island town of Bartica and you are ready to begin your journey to Marshall Falls. Just 35 minutes by boat from Bartica takes you to Marshall Falls on the Mazaruni River

Kumarau Falls, located in Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region is considered to be the sister waterfall to Kaieteur. Its spectacular sheer drop of 620 feet and 200 feet width makes it equal in aesthetic and scientific value to Kaietuer. On the sandstone plateau near the falls lie typical floristic elements for the Guiana highland region, including gaints bromlaids, Clusia orchids, Stemnodendron,Utricularia and Xyris species.

Orinduik Falls are usually included on any tour that visits Kaituer Falls. The Orinduik Falls are really wide, multi-tiered series of cascades where the water of the Ireng River flows over ledges of jasper.The water splashes pleasantly down 25m (80ft) of rocks and ledges of jasper creating a natural jacuzzi. It's a beautiful spot for rock climbing, a swim or a fresh-air cold shower.

Amaila Falls is located on the Kuribrong River ( Potaro-Siparuni Region), a tributary of the Potaro River in west central Guyana .The river drops from the escarpment over Amaila Falls vertically approximately 200 feet, and continues in a series of rapids and falls for almost two miles before reaching placid water at an elevation of 175 feet. The total drop is about 1,200 feet. During the course of the falls the river changes direction from east to north.

Kumarau Falls is located in Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region and is considered to be the sister waterfall to Kaieteur. Its spectacular sheer drop of 620 feet and 200 feet width makes it equal in aesthetic and scientific value to kaietuer. On the sandstone plateau near the falls lie typical floristic elements for the Guiana highland region, including gaints bromlaids, Clusia orchids, Stemnodendron,Utricularia and Xyris species.

King George VI Falls is also known as Salto Oshi, and is located on the Oshi River in eastern Guyana. Its height has often been reported to be 1,600 feet, but that is an error and the actual height is closer to 541 feet or 160 meters. Alhough it is not as tall as it has long been thought to be, its combination of height and great volume of water, along with its being a sheer plunge, make it one of the world's most impressive waterfalls and it rivals Kaieteur Fall in splendour. Its location does however make it difficult to visit. 

 

To learn more about Guyana see our other Guyana Pages

bulletAn Introduction to Guyana
bulletOther Guyana Attractions
bulletRodeo in Guyana
bulletEssequibo River

 


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