The waterfall is one of Mother Nature’s most tranquil yet thrilling and stunning works of art. Watching water fall from a rock face and into a pool or wild river below has a certain allure. It’s magical, both the noise it creates and the sheer amount of water. There are countless waterfalls scattered over the globe, but not all of them are equal.
1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
The greatest waterfall in the world, Iguazu Falls, is actually a chain of hundreds of smaller waterfalls that are spread out over three kilometers along the Iguazu River’s border with Brazil and Argentina. There is simply nowhere else in the world like it in terms of the visual and aural effects of all this water cascading down about 70 meters.
2. Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA
Of the five Havasupai Waterfalls that plunge over orange-red cliffs into vivid turquoise-blue pools in a side canyon of the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is the most stunning.No day hiking is allowed, and you must spend at least one night at the campground in the canyon; most visitors stay three nights. The waterfalls are entirely on the Havasupai Indian Reservation and can only be reached by an overnight 10-mile trip that requires previous reservations and payment of fees.
3. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada
Although Niagara Falls isn’t the tallest waterfall in the world, its size and force are nonetheless spectacular. The largest of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls is Horseshoe Falls. The water plunges 614 feet down Niagara Gorge as it crosses the US-Canada border.
4. Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia
In Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park, the 16 cascading lakes that make up the Plitvice Waterfalls are a remarkable sight. The distinctive blues and greens that can be seen in the water as it cascades over limestone and chalk rocks are what really distinguish these waterfalls, ranging from aquamarine to emerald and turquoise. A rich green environment surrounds everything, creating an absolutely lovely scene. This park draws more than a million visitors a year and is Instagram-ready.
5. Gullfoss (Golden Falls), Iceland
Gullfoss, which translates as “golden falls” in Icelandic, is named for the glacial silt in the river that gives the falls their golden hue under the sun. It is located on the Hvita River. As you get closer to the thunder, the 105-foot-tall waterfall’s two phases that descend at roughly perfect angles give the wild impression that these golden falls likewise extend to the ends of the Earth. In contrast to Iceland’s lush, velvet-green countryside, it is a magnificent sight.