Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, drops from a cleft near the summit. The falls are 979m high, with an uninterrupted descent of 807m. Angel Falls is over 19 times higher than Niagara Falls.
Auyantepui achieved international fame in 1933 when Angel Falls was accidentally discovered by Jimmie Angel, a bush pilot who crashed his small plane Flamingo on top of the heart-shaped mesa mountain, on a trip in search of gold ore. It took him 11 days to walk down off the mountain but he was immortalized for all time when the waterfall was named after him.
Auyantepui is a giant among the large plateaus. It encompasses 650 square kilometers and has a peak almost 3,000 meters high.