Read the book, seen the movie? – Now go and see it for yourself, but don’t expect to encounter too many dinosaurs! For our Roraima Tepui trek we travel on foot from the Indian settlement of Parai-Tepui through the Gran Sabana grasslands to the base of Roraima Tepui, a seemingly impenetrable fortress surrounded by 800m vertical walls. From our camp at the base of the cliffs, we can enjoy views across the savannah and watch the sun play on the rose coloured cliffs above. A diagonal cleft penetrates the cliffs, allowing us access to the summit via a steep but non-technical trail. We have a full day to explore the bizarre rock formations, fauna and plant life, much of which is found nowhere else on Earth, before retracing our steps back to Parai-Tepui and continuing on by vehicle to Santa Elena.
No visit to Venezuela would be complete without visiting the world’s tallest waterfall, the 1000m high Angel Falls. A charter flight takes us over the Tepuis to Canaima from where we travel by motorised canoe up-river to a jungle camp beneath the falls. There is time at leisure to absorb the views and atmosphere of the falls before returning to Canaima for the night and then on to Caracas and home.