“If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in water,” said famed American anthropologist, Loren Eiseley. No matter where in the world you are, you don’t have to venture very far to experience the magic of our planet’s most spectacular waterfalls. Many of these stunning falls are sprinkled throughout the world’s most striking destinations, adding even greater magic, mystery and magnificence to these natural wonders. From the plunging rapids in Hawaii and Iceland, to the horsetail drops in Chile, these impressive watercourses are fittingly considered to be among the more exotic waterfalls of distant lands. Whether you’re planning a week-long vacation, an afternoon of hiking, or you’re simply passing by, be sure to set aside some time to explore these hidden gems and 10 of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world.
10 Leura Cascades in Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
9 Cumberland Falls in Corbin, Kentucky, United States
8 Akaka Falls in Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii
7 Ventisquero Colgante Falls in Chile
6 Gullfoss (Golden Falls) in Iceland
5 Kaieteur Falls in Kaieteur National Park, Guyana
4 Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe
3 Niagara Falls, Border of Ontario, Canada and New York, United States
2 Ban Gioc Falls (Detian Falls), Border of China and Vietnam
1 Iguazu Falls in Argentina, South America
With 275 individual waterfalls, along nearly two miles of the Iguazu River composing its system, Iguazu Falls was created from a volcanic eruption that left the earth with a massive break. Today, more than 450,000 cubic feet of water per second gush over its formations nearly twice as wide and significantly taller than Niagara Falls. Despite its massive scale, visitors are able to get up close and personal with this incredible watercourse via several walkways that surround the falls. From there, you will be greeted with some of the most spellbinding vantage points that highlight the glory of Iguazu Falls, including its surrounding jungles.
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