Ah, the breathtaking beauty of the world’s waterfalls. These magical displays of rushing water synergize the best parts of hydrology, geology, and gravity to form one awe-inspiring sight.
Here are some of our top picks from around the world!
Let’s start with one of the world’s most famous waterfalls of all time. Located between the border of the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls is two waterfalls with an island between them. On the Canadian side, the water drops an amazing 173 feet (53 metres) before it hits the river below. It’s an absolutely breathtaking sight.
The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel’s Falls in Canaima National Park in beautiful Venezuela. The water crashes down for a staggering 3,212 feet (979 meters) over the edge of Auyán-Tepuí mountain. The water drops so far that it atomizes into the air and then recollects down the face of the mountain before it even reaches the bottom.
Victoria Falls/ Mosi-oa-Tunya
This waterfall, located between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is classified as the world’s largest waterfall because of its impressive height (180 meters) and width (1,708 meters). The water moves across a flat basalt plateau and tumbles down into a sheer crevice. The Tonga name for the falls means “Smoke that Thunders.”
The Iguazu Falls is located along the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. It is classified as the largest waterfall system in the world, featuring over 275 different cascades. Though it’s not a tall waterfall, it makes up for it in terms of sheer scope.
Located in Guyana, these falls are famous for their beauty and remoteness. Surrounded by wilderness on all sides, there are fewer tourists due to the lack of infrastructure to support them. You can experience Kaieteur in comparative solitude, just be prepared for a journey to get there.
Gullfoss (Golden Falls) in Iceland
For those who prefer their waterfalls in a more northern clime, Gullfoss is a magnificent falls located in the southwest of Iceland. Though it’s not as high or wide as other falls we’ve mentioned, it’s still incredible to see because the crevice the water falls into makes it seem that the river disappears into an abyss.
The highest waterfall in the United States, Yosemite Falls drops 2,435 feet and is located in the Sierra Nevada region of California. Fed by melting mountain snow, the amount of water going over the edge depends on the time of year and snow conditions, but it’s truly a breathtaking sight year-round.
Here at the Loftus Guides, we don’t like to generalize. From our experience, one size rarely fits all. Really, one size doesn’t even fit most. Everyone’s different, and whether it’s your choice of dinner or your vacation destination, you shouldn’t put yourself in a box. This is the beauty of travel – to expand your horizons and experience a trip that you will remember for a lifetime.
Choose a travel style that suits your preferences and habits, and you’ll find your experience to be more relaxed, personal, and experiential. Here are some different travel types you should consider! Which one are you?
Small Group Travel
For some, touring around the world on a guided tour is the ideal way to travel. With built in structure and a whole new set of like-minded fellow travellers to get to know, small group tours are intimate but still highly social.
Great for people who: enjoy structure but aren’t afraid to make new friends!
If you love getting lost in the majesty of nature (but hopefully not on the trail), you may be an environment-oriented traveller! This type of touring will take you to some of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights and remind you of your place in the ecosystem of our planet. These trips range from the rustic hiking tours across mountains and plains, to more easygoing trips that bring you to more easily accessible destinations.
Great for people who: love nature and own decent hiking boots.
If you love a good adventure, you may be among those who choose to approach their vacations as experimentation in the extraordinary. Why have an ordinary vacation when you can have a once in a lifetime experience? Sky diving, cliff jumping, zip lining, you name it, travelling for adventure is a surefire way to make memories you’ll never forget.
Great for people who: will try anything once and have an open mind!
Urban environments are home to some of the best food, the coolest art, and the most diverse culture. You can have access to a huge range of activities without having to move hotels all the time. Galleries one day, flea markets the next; city touring is a great way to get an energetic sampling of everything.
Great for people who: have a good grasp of public transport, a love of culture, and a thick skin.
Faith Based Exploration
For the modern pilgrim, visiting sites of religious importance can be an experience that touches every part of their life. Touring temples, churches, and religious historical sites can bring your faith to life and make your spirituality even richer and more personal.
Great for people who: want to experience a religion with every sense they have!
If you have a civic-minded heart, travelling to a destination and supporting a local community with sustainable volunteer work can combine a love of people with a love of seeing the world! Trips that focus on community development and assisting underserved communities can change you forever.
Great for people who: aren’t afraid to put their back into helping others.
Share with us which type (or types) or traveller you are!
Have you ever wanted to visit the historical decks of the Titanic? Well, now you can, for a price tag of $105,129 USD.
The tale of the Titanic is one that almost everyone is familiar with. From Southampton, England to New York City, the Titanic departed on April 14th 1912 and collided with an iceberg just four days into her maiden voyage. It took roughly two hours for the Unsinkable Ship to rest at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with only half its total occupants in the lifeboats.
Roughly 1,500 people lost their lives that day. It’s a grim tale that we can’t seem to leave to rest, or perhaps we are looking to learn from our mistakes. When I read about the tour originally, I was quite thrilled at the idea of getting to see the Titanic first hand (assuming the price tag isn’t an issue).
The underwater tour of the Titanic 2018 is hosted by Blue Marble Private and allows divers to explore the underwater wreckage for approximately three hours. There’s another company, Bluefish, that sports different vehicles, longer dive times, but no dates or prices have been confirmed yet. Both tours will navigate through the bridge, deck, and the cavern where the grand staircase once stood.
This is the perfect opportunity to experience the tragedy of the Titanic first-hand.
That doesn’t sound right, does it?
The amount of loss that this single underwater site holds, has tainted this experience for some people, and others are quite against disturbing a gravesite.
When I asked a few colleagues how they felt about visiting the site of the sunken Titanic, I got some very strong opinions.
My one colleague was quite excited about the opportunity to visit the wreckage. When I asked him why, he replied, “It’s history. People’s stories ended down there and they deserve to be paid attention to.” – Ryan M.
Another colleague said, “For some people, it’s closure, but I can understand that people are attracted to the haunted aspect of it. As for myself, I wouldn’t go even if it was free. I’d be more interested in seeing the big fish than exploring a rusted wreck” – Maria C.
A third was quite adamant about not disturbing the wreckage because it may be disrespectful, “It is time to let these souls rest and find peace instead of poking about in their business.”
I, on the other hand, would be curious to attend, but not enough to schedule myself in for a 12 hour deep sea dive. I’d rather stick to museums where I can satisfy my love for history and macabre at the same time without getting my socks wet. Knowing what came before is a large part of enjoying museums and tours, and the history ends up being just as important as the experience.
The destruction of the Titanic is close at hand once again, but it’s not due to another iceberg on the horizon. “A2016 study claimed that a recently discovered “extremophile bacteria” could eat away what’s left of the famous shipwreck inside 15 or 20 years,” reports CNN. This may boost interest in the Titanic wreckage for the next couple of years, and others around the world are trying to keep the Titanic dream alive by building her bigger, better, and with more lifeboats.
So, get your tickets while you can. Thanks to inflation, you can purchase your ticket for the equivalent price of an original first-class ticket on the RMS Titanic in 1912.
What do you think about the Titanic Tour; is it grim or respectful?
The plot of Morgan Robertson’s novel “Futility” bears an uncanny resemblance to the Titanic disaster. The novel tells the story of the Titan, the largest ship ever built, billed as “unsinkable,” which strikes an iceberg in April and sinks. In the book, more than half the passengers die in the North Atlantic because of a lifeboat shortage. The book was published 14 years before the Titanic sank.
There’s an app for the Titanic; it’s published by The History Press.
The Titanic had four smoke stacks, but one of them was a dummy. It wasn’t hooked up to the furnace. It was merely for air ventilation.
The original price of a first class ticket in 1912 was £4,350. Exchanged today it would be valued at $6,143 USD. Due to inflation, that ticket is worth roughly £74,374 or $105,000 USD.
Are you a fan? Of the “whodunnit” genre — or of Dame Agatha’s books, in particular? I was the tender age of 12 when I began reading them; at the time, I think there was an appeal for just about everyone. My voracious reading included many of her books, hugely popular in the England of the early ’70’s. My French godmother used them as her primary resource for learning English when she took up residence in London as a young woman around 1950.
Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple:
Enduring and endearing, these much-loved characters have been portrayed over time in several incarnations for television and film. Most recently, one of the most popular works – Murder On The Orient Express, with a star-studded cast and an enormous budget – is on film once again. Deeply anchored in the life and style of western culture of the early and middle twentieth century, Agatha Christie’s enormous legacy sails into the twenty-first century with nary a ripple.
British authors Sarah Phelps and Sophie Hannah were interviewed recently on the BBC’s Front Row. Sarah Phelps had the following to say when asked about Christie’s enduring popularity:
We enjoy watching people lie! – Sarah Phelps, BBC’s Front Row
Sophie Hannah, acclaimed crime writer in her own right, has given us new Poirot plots to enjoy with all the blessing of the Christie heirs. Heavily plot-focused inside narrow confines with two dimensional characters – or brilliant study in human nature and the nature of evil? For Phelps and Hannah – it’s the latter, all the way. With opinions like – “Best crime writer – ever“, one can’t help but be intrigued!
Agatha Christie was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1971.
Poirot is the only fictional character to date to be given an obituary in the New York Times!
British author Sophie Hannah will follow up her two successful Poirot books, with two more books
Christie never put them both in the same story- quoting the possibility of a strong dislike from Miss Marple!
Agatha Christie was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1971.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records – Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, second only to Shakespeare’s works, and the Bible.
Did You Know?
Every year, thousands of people flock to the lovely coastal town of Torquay in South Devon, in the beautiful and sunny area known as the English Riviera – for the International Agatha Christie Festival, as well as for the regular tours of her favourite haunts and settings from her childhood and married life. (Many of these have been featured in her novels, for a wonderful mix of fiction and real life. Take a tour to find out which ones!)
The Atlantic and Pacific coastlines abound with these oft-times beautiful architectural structures – isolated on their stunning rocky outcrops and peaks. What a picture!
Perhaps the queen of them all – is Cordouan, at the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, near Bordeaux. Also known as the Versailles of the Sea because of its sheer scope and grandeur, it was built under Louix XIV’s reign, and is the oldest lighthouse in France.
Yes, you can visit it, by boat – and it’s most definitely worth it! This active lighthouse, is also a museum. There are three departure points for the ferry, not far north of Bordeaux. This is an adventure, not a walk in the park – shall we say! Check with us for details.
Some lighthouses have been retired from ‘active service’, however they have been put into service – (lucky us!) – as rental holiday cottages or bed and breakfast style guesthouses. Watch for our next article on this topic – to find out where!