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.
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