On February 27 we took an eight-passenger plane and flew into the Amazon to get to Kaieteur Falls. It was quite a stunning adventure.
A fact from Wikipedia: “While many falls have greater height, few have the combination of height and water volume, and Kaieteur is among the most powerful waterfalls in the world with an average flow rate of 663 cubic metres per second (23,400 cubic feet per second).”
Here is what is said about the legend and folklore of the Falls from Kaieteur National Park:
The name of the Falls commemorates Cheif Kai, one of the distinguished chieftains of the once powerful Patamona tribe. Amerindian legend has it that Kaie committed self-sacrifice by paddling his canoe over the Falls in order to appease Makonaima, the Great Spirit. The sacrifice was to bring peace and to save his tribe from being destroyed by a raiding party of Caribs. Teur translates as “falls,” hence the name Kaieteur.
Folklore has it that the old man and his “wood skin” canoe were turned to stone and now form part of the rocks of Kaieteur. Perhaps he won appeasement, for his name still marks the magical curtain of water known as Kaieteur.