Angel Falls is located in the South American country of Venezuela, where it is among the top sites that tourists hope to visit. The Falls may be referred to by any one of four names within Venezuela: Angel Falls, Kerepakupai Vená, Parakupá Vená, or Salto Ángel. The first name honors Jimmie Angel (August 1, 1899-December 8, 1956), a U.S. aviator who was not the first to discover the fall but rather was the first to make the falls' existence known to the world outside Venezuela. The second and third are indigenous names that respectively mean "waterfall of the deepest place" and "the fall from the highest point."
The Falls are located in the jungle, southeastern interior of the country. Its access requires an arduous combination of a special flight to the base camp, river travel in an indigenous crafted wooden boat and trekking. The arrangements tend to be made for June to December, when river water levels are sufficiently high.
But the sight is worth the trip. The Falls are considered the world's highest waterfall, at 3,212 feet (979 meters). In fact, the Falls are one of 28 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition, which may be decided before 2011 year end.