Whether you’re eating local delicacies, getting a taste of a city’s nightlife, or checking out legendary monuments it’s clear the offers of travel are nearly unlimited.
But never mind that man-made stuff: today we’re yielding to nature.
Here are the most impressive waterfalls around the world.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
These extremely remote falls that cascade almost impossibly in a uniform strip of liquid are found in the jungles of north-east of South America.
Height: 741 feet
Access: flight from Ogle or 5-7 day overland excursion
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
You can’t miss the thundering sounds of the largest waterfall in the world – named by Scotsman David Livingston after the then ruling queen Victoria.
Height: 354 feet
Access: fly to Livingstone, then take a taxi or bus
Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
You can’t pick a better place for a waterfall than the beautiful fjords of Milford Sound. The three cascades here feed the lakes of Fiordland National Park.
Height (combined): 1906 feet
Access: helicopter tour or hike along Milford Track
Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
This tourist hot spot is among the most famous in the world for its impressive collection of 275 cascades and a horseshoe stretching out over 8000 feet.
Height: 285 feet
Access: flight to Puerto Iguazu then bus or taxi
Detian Falls, China and Vietnam
Very few tourists have actually had the opportunity to visit these falls due to border conflicts, but today the fourth largest cross-border falls in the world is open for business.
Height: 200 feet
Access: bus from Nanning
Angel Falls, Venezuela
The highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world was originally called Kerepakupai Vená (“waterfall of the deepest place”) in indigenous Pemon.
Height: 2648 feet
Access: flight to Canaima, then a river trip, then a 30 minute hike
Niagara Falls, Canada and USA
Arguably the most famous falls in the world are known for their roaring sounds and blinding mist made possible by the 567,811 liters of water free-falling over their edges every second.
Height: 176 feet
Access: Amtrak train or bus from New York or Toronto
The ‘golden falls’ of this three step staircase cascade that nearly became a hydro electric plant look so because of sun shining off of brown tinted glacial water.
Height: 105 feet
Access: golden circle bus tour from Reykjavik
Yosemite Falls, USA
North America’s tallest waterfall finds itself in America’s most beloved National Park, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.
Height: 2425 feet
Access: 4-5 hour drive from San Francisco, 6 from LA
Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia
In Amharic these rainbow factory falls are known as Tis Issat (‘great smoke’) and range from a dry season trickle to a 400 meter wide explosion in rainy season.
Height: 150 feet
Access: bus from Bahir Dar then a 30 minute walk
Nohkalikai Falls, India
Especially during monsoon season the dramatic leap of the water from the green forests of above to the beautiful blue pool below are hard to match.
Height: 1115 feet
Access: taxi or bus from Guwahati airport
Plitvice Falls, Croatia
This enchanting water garden is one of the most easily explored waterfalls with its bridges, platforms, and plank walks. There’s even a free boat ride to view Weliki Slap – the tallest of the bunch.
Height: 436 feet
Access: 2 hour 20 minute bus from Zagreb
Pearl Shoal Waterfall, China
This spectacular waterfall in northern Sichuan province gets its name from the pearl-like drops of water created by its cascade – combine a visit with nearby Five Flower Lake for total bliss.
Height: 130 feet
Access: Chengdu to Jiuhuang Airport then a 30 minute bus
Jog Falls, India
The second highest plunge waterfall (no bedrock water contact) in India finds itself buried over a dozen kilometres deep in a dense evergreen forest.
Height: 830 feet
Access: flight to Mangalore then taxi, train from Shimoga
Another Icelandic institution here that ranks as Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Take in the views from the facility heavy east bank.
Height: 147 feet
Access: tour bus from Reykjavik or car rental