Tibetan Semo

22 Feb

An impressive but admirable photo can be shot on the Tibetan Semo La at 5565 meters, the highest passable mountain pass in the world – even a weekly bus runs here. However, an entry permit to Tibet and a visa to China are obligatory for travel by air or Qinghai-Tibet train. Almost as high as the Semo La lies the mining village of La Rinconada in the Peruvian Andes, at 5100 meters it is thus the highest permanent city in the world.

Within the last few years the population has increased to 50,000 inhabitants thanks to the international demand for gold, but there is hardly any significant tourist infrastructure in the Minensiedlung. There is also the highest waterfall in the world, the Salto Ángel, in the national park Canaima in the southeast of Venezuela. The pilot Jimmie Angel had the 979 meters high and later named after him natural phenomena only 1933 again.

There has been little change since then: first by plane to the lagoon of Canaima, from there a one-day boat trip to the waterfall. Although located in the middle of the rainforest, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Venezuela.