Kaieteur Falls, a cataract on the Potaro River in the interior of Guyana, South America, at 741 feet is the second highest in the world, behind Angel Falls in Brazil. Kaieteur is four times higher than Niagara Falls in Ontario and twice that of Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. A series of steep cascades extend Kaieteur Falls to 822 feet.
By volume of water flowing over it, Kaieteur is the world’s largest single-drop waterfall.
British geologist Charles Barrington Brown, leading a party of other surveyors, is said to “discover” (similar to Columbus “discovering The New World?) the falls in 1870, returning a year later to make wide-ranging measurements.
Several legends surround the naming of the falls. According to one Indian legend, it was named after a chief, Kai, who paddled over the falls in an act of sacrifice to save his people. Another, as told to Brown, is that Kaieteur, which means “old-man-fall” was named after an unlikable old man who was placed in a boat and shoved over the falls by his relatives!
Video was taken in January 2019 on a first-time, long overdue visit to one of the few remaining non-commercialized natural wonders. Access is mainly by aircraft.
My observations, perspectives, opinions on the many places I’ve visited and the people encountered.
Leaving the small town of Chacabuco in Southern Chile, we travelled the Chilean Fjords, navigating through a myriad of small islands, most of them sparsely inhabited, all part of the remote Magallanes. Islands had names like Desolacion (Desolation) and Ultima Esperanza (last Hope) that surely reflected the way the earliest settlers, many of them European, must have felt. Narrow channels bracketed by towering mountains partly explained the calm waters and isolated outposts. Maritime traffic consisted mainly of small craft like the one in the picture and with the mountains in the background, it was an opportunity for a snapshot that only partly succeeds in capturing the breathtaking and awe-inspiring scenery always evident in the Chilean Fjords.
POSTSCRIPT: This picture was published in the Toronto Star Travel section, “Where In The World” on 23rd October, 2010.
VIET NAM 2009. HO CHI MINH CITY [SAIGON]
CAMBODIA: 2009. THE GENOCIDE MEMORIAL
POSTSCRIPT 27 June 2011:
Having waited for three decades to see architects of the Genocide brought to justice, the people of Cambodia will finally see four surviving leaders go on trial in a UN backed court in Phnom Penh.
One of the four is Khmer Rouge security chief Kaing Guek Eav, aka Comrade Duch who ran the notorious S-21 prison where more than 14,000 adults and children were tortured and killed. Another is 84 year Nuon Chea, deputy to Pol Pot and known as Brother Number Two.
And the reason why it’s taken so long to bring them to trial? Is it because the current Prime Minister is a former Khmer member? Or could it be that the country has acquired a case of collective amnesia?