Yutaje Falls

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Cuquenan Falls (or Salto Kukenan, Kukenaam, or similar) is the second tallest major waterfall in Venezuela after Angel Falls. It is also the second tallest free-leaping waterfall in the world. Overall, it is usually cited as the 11th highest waterfall in the world. The falls drop in a single leap of around 2,211 feet (674 m) and the final portion of the falls trickles down towards the base of the Kukenan Tepui.

The Kukenan Tepui is located near Mount Roraima, which serves as the geographical marker of the border between Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana. Mount Roraima also hosts its own waterfall, usually referred to as Roraima Falls, which leaps off the tepui in four tiered leaps. The height is estimated at approximately 2,000 feet (610 m).

There has been some controversy over the years regarding the overall ranking of Cuquenan Falls among the world’s tallest waterfalls. It has been listed anywhere from 2nd to 20th in various publications and Internet sites. Such discrepancies probably arise because most official measurements of the falls take into consideration only the free-leaping portion, omitting the bottom part that cascades along the tepui. Some published listings incorporate the free-falling measurements only when arguing that its height is not enough for the top 10 tallest waterfalls.


Magnitude 89.62
Absolute Magnitude 131.94
IWC Rating 4.43
Global Score 31.44
Country Score 73.3
State Score Not Rated


Location 5.70464346, -66.0424974
Elevation 4120 feet (asl)


Total Height 2,345 feet 715 meters
Tallest Drop
Num of Drops 2
Avg. Width 100 feet 30 meters
Max. Width 200 feet 61 meters
Pitch 90 degrees
Run 5,280 feet 1,609 meters
Form Tiered Plunges
Stream Río Yutajé
Avg. High Volume 100 cfs (1 months) 3 cms
Avg. Low Volume 1 cfs (11 months) 0 cms
Source Runoff
Flow Consistency 12 months
Best Flow Rainy season

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