Angel Falls, the worlds tallest waterfall at a breathtaking height of 3,212 feet, lies deep in the jungles of Venezuela. It took it’s name from American bush pilot
Jimmie Angel who nearly crashed into it in 1933. Also Missouri-born Angel was the first outsider to observe the falls, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez wants to rename the waterfall to honor the indigenous people of the area rather than a “gringo” explorer.
“This is ours, long before Angel arrived there,” says Chavez, “This is indigenous property, ours, aborigine.” The falls will now be called Kerepakupai-Merú, which means “waterfall of the deepest place” in the indigenous Pemon language. No matter what the waterfall is called, it is still one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world!