Welcome to Canaima
The closest population center to Salto Ángel, Canaima is a remote indigenous village that hosts and dispatches a huge number of tourists. Although it’s a base to reach Venezuela’s number-one natural attraction, Canaima is truly gorgeous as well. The Laguna de Canaima sits at the heart of everything, a broad blue expanse framed by a palm-tree beach, a dramatic series of seven picture-postcard waterfalls and a backdrop of anvil-like tepuis. Most tours to Salto Ángel include a short boat trip and hike that allows you to walk behind some of the falls and get the backstage experience of the hammering curtains of water. The color is a curious pinky orange, caused by the high level of tannin from decomposed plants and trees. Do not miss walking up to the viewpoint overlooking the falls, which is truly spectacular.
When swimming, stay close to the main beach – the current can be fierce and a number of drownings have occurred close to the hydroelectric plant and the falls. Ask for advice from locals if you're unsure.