Kaieteur Falls is one of the tallest and most powerful waterfalls in the world. Located in Kaieteur National Park, Guyana, the falls’ impressive combination of height and force make it a fearsome sight. Travellers generally visit the falls in small groups, and therefore the area is never crowded, allowing tourists to marvel at the rugged landscape and sense of deep isolation. Roughly four times taller than Niagara Falls, this single drop waterfall is a dramatic facet of the Potaro River – a wide, coffee coloured flow that runs for 140 miles (225 kilometres). Flights over the region take in the river’s cursive scrawl, as well as lush rainforest and wide pasture.
Kaieteur Falls Tours
The falls are actually in the Amazon rainforest however as they are a major tourist attraction access is actually very good. There is a special airstrip (Kaieteur Airstrip) which is only a 15 minute walk from the top of Kaieteur falls. Flights to the airstrip run at regular intervals from two airports in Georgetown; Ogle Airport and Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Cheddi Jagan airport is served by flights from the Caribbean and South America as well as flights from Miami and JFK (New York).
Flights from the Georgetown airports to the falls are only 45mins to an hour so with a few hours at the falls the full return trip can easily be completed in a day. Flights can be arranged with any of a number of companies that specialise in trips to the falls. You can find tour operators registered with the Guyana’s tourism board here. Be careful at quieter times of the year – trips can be cancelled if the minimum number of people have not reserved. Look for trips that are guaranteed to go if you are on a tight schedule. At some times of year there can be fog which could obscure your view so do check weather forecasts and rearrange your day trip if you are not going to have good visibility.