While millions are still constrained by lockdowns and Covid-19, social media has been a haven to explore the world from the comfort of our homes. With searches for ‘travel destinations’ up 100% on Google, our computers and phones are instrumental in helping us plan future holidays.
With this said, Travel Ideas was keen to find out which globally recognised waterfalls were the most popular on social media. After collating the number of Instagram hashtags per waterfall, a UK based company revealed all and shared their findings with us!
In first place, Niagara Falls is the world’s most Instagrammed waterfall. While one of the smallest by size (51m), it appears the famed romantic destination hasn’t lost its appeal, raking in a total of 3,397,431 hashtags.
In second place is Iguazú Falls. Argentina’s Wonder of the World had its hashtag shared an incredible 1,005,532 times on Instagram and is a sight to see once overseas travel is allowed.
Gullfoss claims the third most popular waterfall on social media. One of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions, physically and figuratively, it boasts 329,576 hashtags on Instagram.
In fourth place is “our own” Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/Zambia (286,410 hashtags) and Skógafoss in Iceland (255,519 hashtags) is in fifth.
Completing the top ten most popular waterfalls to visit
6. Multnomah Falls (USA) – 251,639 hashtags
7. Yosemite Falls (USA) – 190,185 hashtags
8. Seljalandsfoss (Iceland) – 163,914 hashtags
9. Bridalveil Fall (USA) – 147,678 hashtags
10. Snoqualmie Falls (USA) – 131,475 hashtags
11. Whilst it may be the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela performs short and lands way down in 20th place. Better known as “the Wonder of the World”, Angel Falls clocks in at just under 30,000 Instagram hashtags to date.
12. Also of less influence on social media are Peru’s Gocta Falls in 19th (36,810 hashtags).
13. Switzerland’s Rhine Falls in 18th place (44,065 hashtags).
How badly do we want to travel?
With travel restrictions differing from country to country, we were also intrigued to discover how far people are willing to go to quench their sightseeing needs.
In a flash survey of over 3000 people, a whopping 59% stated they are willing to flout restrictions to visit somewhere they’ve always wanted to go.
33% said they are worried they won’t ever be able to visit locations on their bucket lists, and finally, 24% said they had or are considering paying for a virtual tour experience.
• Niagara Falls on the USA/Canada border maintains its worldwide recognition as the most Instagrammed waterfall with 3.4 million hashtags.
• Iguazú Falls in Argentina claims second place with just over a million posts.
• Iceland’s Gullfoss is the third most Instagrammed at 329,576 Insta hashtags.
• Angel Falls may be the tallest waterfall but it falls short on Instagram, placing in 20th.