Few things from the nature are as beautiful such as waterfalls: the noise of water falling over rocks, the light that penetrate the water drops, all this force of the water. Here are seven waterfalls, perhaps the most beautiful and exciting in the world, that will certainly leave you without words.
The most powerful waterfall in North America, Niagara guards the border between Canada and USA, near Buffalo, New York. It is divided into three separate waterfalls: American Falls (50.9 meters high) and Bridal Veil Falls (55.1 meters high) on the American side and Horseshoe Falls (48.1 meters high) on the Canadian side.
The people have always asked which country has the most beautiful view, but the truth is that no country has a the most beautiful view, because the most beautiful view is on the water.
The “Maid of the Mist” ship, which has a capacity of 600 passengers, travel on both sides of the Niagara River always full with people dressed in raincoats to protect themselves by splashing waterfall. The ticket prices, between April and October, cost $13.5.
The nearest big city: Niagara is just to 17 miles from the Buffalo city, and from here are about 25 minutes on I-190 highway.
The best time to visit: The summer crowds can be tiring, so the best time to visit the waterfall is in May, June or September.
Hanakapi’ai Falls, Hawai
Located in Kauai, Hawaii, Hanakapi’ai waterfall reminds the prehistory period and the untouched beauty of the landscapes of the Jurassic Park movies, (of course without the dinosaurs). The thin veil of water is thrown from a tropical forest, from the volcanic rocks, from 91.4 meters high.
To get here, the visitors should follow the scenic route Kalalau, that passing through lush areas, and then must to take 17 km on the green Na Pali coast from the north of the island. To the Kalalau path can be reached easily from Ke’e beach. Because the route is well marked, no guide is needed, but if you want to do, is better to take lots of water on the road because the sun is strong and the road is tiring in some places.
Along the way, you pass through bamboo forests and near sources of fresh water, and after 3.2 km you will arrive in a quiet bay of Ke’e beach, where you can see dolphins.
The nearest big city: The route from Ke’e Beach is to 15 minutes by car from the Hanalei town, from Kauai area. From here, the road takes 2 hours (return), depending by the physical condition and how much you want to have lingered on the beach and to waterfall.
The best time to visit: The best flight and hotel deals are available between September and December and from January to May. Avoid coming into the area in August when the temperatures exceed 32 degrees Celsius. Also, go on the road early because the Ke’e Beach parking fill even the morning.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
If the Grand Canyon would be covered with green moss, would have 16 lakes scattered at the base and would have the walls laced with thousands of waterfalls, then resembles a little with the Plitvice Lakes National Park from south-west of Croatia, where a ticket costs about $15.
The water color is a deep turquoise, thanks to the unique mix of minerals and micro organisms that coming from the Dinaric Alps.
The tourist Office of the Plitvice Lakes National Park offers three-hour guided tours, for groups the price starting from $130, but it’s fun to explore the park at your own pace, because you can always stop and cool off under the waterfalls.
A portion of land that lies above several caves, offers a splendid view over the lake, and the maps that are for sale (for about $4) to the tourism offices located at both entrances of the park, will help you to walk through the maze of roads and trails.
The nearest big city: The park is located approximately to 80 miles from south of Zagreb and to a road of two hours away by car.
The best time to visit: The weather is warm and sunny from May to September.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
A network of 275 cascades spanning a distance of about 3.2 miles, Iguazu waterfalls are so stunning in their vastness, that Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed when he first saw “Poor Niagara”.
One of the most popular areas is the Devil’s Throat, a horseshoe-shaped waterfall which have 82 meters wide and over 800 meters long.
You can visit the Iguazu waterfalls by yourself, but you will see and learn much more if you got a guide. A guided tour for a day costs about $35 and it means that you take the bus up to Devil’s Throat, you will see the Upper and the Lower Cascade circuits and you will have access to the Forest Train, that traveling through the park at all the bridges over waterfalls.
The nearest big city: Iguazu Falls are to 1,078 meters away (a 90-minute flight) from Buenos Aires.
The best time to visit: For the best prices and temperatures (between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius) go in October. Avoid to go in January, February and in Easter holidays, when the Argentines and Brazilians are flocking to reach to the waterfalls. Also, do not go to Iguazu Falls in May and July, two of the wettest months.
Yosemite Falls, California
A standard place for the Wild West, this waterfall with three branches have almost 740 meters high. The waterfalls itself is gorgeous, and its surroundings, granite cliffs and giant Sequoia trees, make it one of the most beautiful sights in this country.
The waterfalls are visible from many places in Yosemite Valley, especially near the Yosemite Lodge. From the parking from here you can get closer to the waterfall and taking the free bus that travel in the park, to the station No.6, where a 1 mile trail will take you to the lower Yosemite falls.
The nearest big city: The Yosemite National Park is located about 195 miles away (or a four hours road by car) from San Francisco.
The best time to visit: The Waterfalls are most spectacular when the ice and the snow melt, between March and June.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
Twice as high as Niagara and over 1.5 kilometers long, the absolute mass of this gusher is amazing. The water force that falls is so great that, in sunny days, the water spray can be seen even from a distance of 30 miles away.
The local fauna is also impressive: baboons, elephants, hippos are often seen on the banks of the waterfall. A trip by boat on the Zambezi River to the Victoria Falls costs about $130, while a helicopter trip, so that you can see the rhinos from the national park, Mosi-oa-Tunya, costs approximatively $120.
The nearest big city: Livingstone from Zambia is located about 8 miles from Victoria Falls. The most tourists arrive at Livingstone International Airport and then take a bus to the hotel, where are taken up by guides who lead to the waterfalls.
The best time to visit: From February to May, when the rainy season ended.
Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
Located in the south-west of South Island, the Fiordland National Park is perfectly calibrated to create waterfalls: the landscape is watered 300 days per year and has hundreds of waterfalls that demonstrates this.
A true work of art, Sutherland Falls have 580 meters high. The best way to see is a climb of about 5 km on Milford route, one of the most popular in New Zealand. This trail is accessible from the from Quintin City, and lasts about 45 minutes to the waterfall.
The nearest big city: Fiordland National Park is located about 280 miles by Queenstown, that is a road about five hours by car.
The best time to visit: Go between December and February, when in New Zealand is summer, because then the days are longer and the temperatures are around 20 degrees Celsius.