Kaieteur Beats Niagara

26 Sep

So you think Niagara is big and bad? well, it is…that’s why there are guard rails and we’re not allowed to get too close. But wouldn’t it be fun if you could?

At Kaieteur Falls, in Region 8 of Guyana, you can get up close (and really personal if you prefer…) to the rushing water and plunge of 251 meters (822 ft) including steep cascades (e.g. places you can crack your head).

Wiki says: “Kaieteur Falls is about three times higher than the more well known Niagara Falls, located on the border between Canada and the United States and about two times the height of the Victoria Falls located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa.” So it’s tall and voluminous (water-wise). More than 136,000 litres of tannin-stained water from the Potaro river crash to the bottom of the rocky gorge per second.

According to a Patamona Indian legend, Kaieteur Falls was named for Kai, a Toshao, who acted to save his people from raiding Caribs (an opposing tribe) by paddling over the falls in an act of self-sacrifice to Makonaima, the great spirit.

Find out more about Guyana’s “crown jewel of the interior” at the official website:
http://www.kaieteurpark.gov.gy/

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