Beauty is a very subjective opinion but for some reason people agree that the power and the undeniable force of water is mesmerizing and at the same time frightening. Waterfalls are the best presentation of this unstoppable force.
We chose for you 10 of the waterfalls that are not necessarily the biggest or highest or best known in the world but we ranked them according to their actual beauty (there are of course some of the falls with superlatives)
And what is the most amazing about the waterfalls? That an eternal rainbow is visible at the bottom of most of the falls.
10. Bruarfoss - Iceland
One of the well kept secrets of Iceland is the Bruarfoss, slightly over-shadowed by Gullfoss and Skogafoss nevertheless just as much breath-taking if not more. What makes the difference that this waterfall has to be earned as it is difficult to find and to get there.
The road is muddy and uneven, very badly signed and you have to rely on your insticts to get there, you will be asking yourself many times on the way wether is worth it. Let me answer it for you straight away, it is so rewarding !! Brace yourself for the bluest water that nature has to offer. It is truly astonishing!
9. Dunn's River Falls - Jamaica
One of Jamaica's treasures are the Dunn's River Falls, which is one and only of a kind waterfall in the world that empties directly into the Caribbean Sea. It's not just beautiful but offers a lot of fun to all age categories, climbing up the travertine made terraced giant steps which were perfected by a bit of human touch. It is definitely a must see attraction when in Jamaica.
8. Ban Gioc Falls - Vietnam/China
The impressive Ban Gioc falls is forming the borders between Vietnam and China. This picturesque setting is the worlds' 4th largest borderline created by the waterfalls.
It is quite unclear to which of the two countries the natural wonder belongs to but according to the Vietnamese side there has not been any mentioning of the waterfall on the Chinese side till the recent days.
It is mainly popular with local tourist and you won't see many Western visitors. If you decide to go to see this beautiful place you better be doing it when there is the rainy season so you can enjoy the spectacular view of the two waterfalls creating one.
7. Tad Sae - Laos
The Tad Sae waterfalls can be found really close to Luang Prabang town which is surrounded by jungle and vegetation. It is a great setting to visit several waterfalls among the Kuang Si Falls and most importantly the Tad Sae Falls. To avoid any disappointment make sure that you are visiting in the rainy season, as there is not much point to see waterless waterfalls. Also be sure if you are going with organised tour avoid elephant rides or bathing the elephants, even if it's one-in-a-lifetime experience it is better not to support this sort of business as the poor animals are many times being treated unkindly.
6. Kalandula Falls - Angola
The Kalandula (or Calandula) falls are the second most powerful waterfalls of the African continent, it is not very well-known or visited even if to get here is not too difficult provided the road that takes you from Luanda via a dirt road straight to the falls.
While visiting enjoy the untouched nature and the crowdless wonder, it feels like it is all yours. Make sure to climb to the bottom of the falls to be impressed by the magnificent scenery.
5. Niagara Falls - Canada/USA
Most people would describe that the Niagara Falls is a must-see bucket list wonder. Creating the borders between Canada and USA in a crescent shape does not fail to amaze all visitors. The area is kept neat with green lawns and plenty of flowers.
Be ready to get soaken wet of the vapour rising from the falls. Take a boat ride to enjoy the view from even closer, which is not a cheap ride but definitely worth of every penny.
4. Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe/Zambia
This giant crack in the earth surface that forms a single curtain of water called Victoria Falls or also known by the more epic indigenious name of Mosi-ao-Tunya 'the smoke that thunders' situated just on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This region offers numerous activities including kayaking, lion-walking or helicopter rides over the falls. With every season you will experience a complete different view, each time magnificient.
3. Plitvice Lakes - Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes and National Park is the biggest national park of Croatia and one of the biggest one in Europe. It consists of 16 inter-connected lakes and hundreds of waterfalls. With some exceptions they are not too big waterfalls but it feels like you have arrived to a wonderland (a rather crowded wonderland).
You can spend here several days and still won't see it all, as the national park offers several routes with different lenghts and difficulties. No matter which one you choose be sure to be amazed by green and blue transparent waters depending on the time of the day and the amount of sunlight.
2. Angel Falls - Venezuela
This awe-inspiring place feels nearly holy, in fact the indigenious people were not visiting it much back in the day as they felt the mysitical presence of higher forces.
Nowadays the Angel Falls is one of the most visited sights of Venezuela however the road is not without bumps and difficulties as it is located in the middle of the jungle.
One could think that the name is originating from a romantic fairy-like story but that's not entirely true as it was named after an American aviator. That doesn't make it any less magical.
1. Iguazu falls - Argentina/Brazil
The Iguazu waterfalls are the worlds largest falls creating a border between two countries, namely Argentina and Brazil. It is and undeniable powerfull sight which clearly demonstrates the power of nature.
It is a difficult decision to tell wether they are more impressive from Argentina or Brazil but one thing is sure, Argentina has the waterfalls and Brazil has the view. While you can hear the roaring of water miles away the appreciation of nature comes to you once you stand in the Devil's Throat.