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The savanna, a combination of herbs from the Melastomataceae and Ochnaceae families, Droseras, Stegolepys, y Brocchinias, low bushes and Moriche palm trees  in some areas. But we also find tropical and cloud forests, rich in palm trees, fern trees, orquids and bromelias.
Monte Roraima, whose name comes from the Pemon words “roroi” (“cyan”) and “ma” (“large”).('Roroi-ma' in Pemon means 'big blue-green') It is the tallest of all the amazing tepuis and the only point you can legally cross from Venezuela to Guyana. Look for the Tres Punto obelisk  marking the spot where the three main languages of the Western hemisphere tough each other.
The km count on the Tarmac highway begins in the mining town of El Dorado at "0"

Venezuela is ranked in the top10 countries out of a total of 255 for its bio-diversity.
 la plaga The sabana is home to a biting gnat, jején. commonly referred to as la plaga, the plague
Sarisariñama tepui
The Sarisariñama tepui is a mountain in the Jaua-Sarisariñama National Park at the far south-west of Bolívar State, Venezuela, near the border with Brazil. Latitude/longitude 4° 33' N, 64° 14' W

This mountain is one of the most remote in the country, with the closest road being hundreds of miles away. Access is restricted to scientific researchers only.

The most distinctive feature of this 2,300 meter high tepui are its fascinating, nearly perfectly, circular sink holes that are still a challenging mystery to geologists and biologists. The holes have a diameter of 350 meters and go down from the flat top of the mountain straight down for 350 meters (over 1,000 feet). The vertical walls have managed to create an isolated ecosystem at the bottom with some species of plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world. These sink holes were first seen and explored in 1974.
tepui tree of life
There are tropical forests skirting the base of many of the tepuis, and throughout the Sabana are riverine forests and "morichales," seasonally flooded stands of sedges and native moriche palms (Mauritia flexuosa) which provide oil, sugar, and shade. It was dubbed "The Tree of Life" by Alexander von Humboldt, one of the first European travelers to this area.

More at An Orchid Trek in Venezuela's Gran Sabana by Nina Rach 2001

La Gran Sabana -  Mount RORAIMA & Santa Elena de Uairén

On top of the tepuis, thunderstorms are frequent and torrential downpours are a way of life. The dry season between December and April is preferred but  the weather is changeable at any time, and rain and mist are a constant. With rain, the rivers swell and crossing may be difficult.
Because of its elevation, the weather in the Gran Sabana is more temperate than the surrounding lowlands, a minimum of 10°C (46°F) and maximum of 32°C (90°F).The village of Santa Elena de Uairen is at an altitude of  900m - 1000m (3000f - 3250f) with a nearly perfect climate (16°C / 45°F - 28°C / 79°F all year round).   Lots of water, gorgeous waterfalls: the rainy season extends from February to November.
/Santa Elena
"It is probably better not to arrange a Roraima trek from Ciudad Bolivar. Santa Elena offers faster, cheaper excuriosn with local operators and guides. Or you can pack plenty of food (for the porters too), take the Santa Elena bus to San Francisco de Yuruani and talk directly to the Indians."
 Hilary D. Branch in her travel Guide
Three Corners
Roraima is the tripartite border of Guyana, Venezuela and Brazil, and at the moment can only be approached from the Venezuelan side. Part of the ancient Guiana Shield, which extends into Brazil and Venezuela and was once part of Gondwanaland before tectonic activity moved apart the continents of Africa and South America,
It was not until 1884 that Roraima was proven to be accessible when explorers Everard Im Thurm and Harry I. Perkins made it to the top.  Thurn climbed Mount Roraima from the southeast by same way nearly everyone now reaches the summit.  His expedition had to fight their way through hundreds of miles of wild rivers and jungles, confronting dangerous animals and savage Indians. Eventually he was within striking distance of the summit:

"Up to this part of the slope our ascent had been fairly easy. We have now reached a spot where one long climb will take us to the level summit, and we shall behold that which has never been observed since the beginning of the world. Although we can't say that the entire world has been waiting to see what our eyes will now behold, at least quite a few people have been anxious to know. We shall see that which the few white or copper-coloured people who have viewed the mountain declared would remain unknown as long as the world existed. We shall know what is Roraima."

After Im Thurn and Perkins, other British scientific expeditions arrived to collect and classify the strange flora and fauna found on the mountain:

It was Im Thurns accounts that also attracted British mountaineers Hamish MacInnes, Joe Brown, Don Whillans and Mo Anthonie to Mount Roraima in 1967. They wanted to climb the mountain by a new route and chose 'the prow' located at the northern end of the plateau that juts into Guyana. MacInnes's account can be read in his book Climb to the Lost World.

"South America is a place I love, it's the grandest, richest, most powerful bit of earth upon this planet............the more you know of that country, the more you would understand that anythin' was possible - anythin'. Now down here in the Mato Grosso or up in this corner where three countries meet, nothin' would surprise me." (Conan Doyle: "The Lost World")
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Trip Reports
"Half a year before I went to this region (I was here in june.2005) tensions in this area arose. The indigenous indians (who will guide you to their mountains) attacked the military post (same one I mentioned before), captured the officer and laid him in the sun, tied down, for a whole day covered in honey, so the insects could have their way with him. Two Indians where killed in this up rise."
La Gran Sabana Trip Report on
"When I was nine, I read a comic strip version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's South American adventure novel, The Lost World. Captivated by images of cloud-reaching, flat-top, cliff-sided mountains gushing with waterfalls and wildlife, I dreamed of visiting the mysterious, remote region of Venezuela on which the book was based.
Forty years later, I finally fulfilled that childhood dream
Be in reasonable physical shape. The altitude is 9180 feet, enough for some to feel a difference in oxygen level. The ascent doesn’t require any special rock-climbing skills, but it is necessary to use hand over feet on the final day of the approach.

Pack comfortable shoes!!! I wore the field boots that I had always considered comfortable, but the hike was too punishing for them. I hobbled barefoot around the summit and made my way down in socks, earning the distinction from the guide of the first person to descend Roraima without shoes…. Traction is important for the slippery rocks.

Raingear is important. It’s impossible to avoid being exposed to water. There are numerous streams and rivers to cross, a couple unavoidable climbs under waterfalls, and a lot of misty drizzle on the top.

A liter-sized water bottle is enough to get you from one clean water source to the next.

Bring enough warm clothes. On the top be prepared to handle 5 degrees C. Switch out of sweaty clothes upon arriving in the camp, before you begin to cool down from the exercise.

A waterproof camera case is helpful so that you can carry your camera outside your pack, avoiding having to unload and rummage in your pack for each shot.

Health and Safety

Chigoes are more of a nuisance than a health hazard. This is a miniscule type of flea, carried by dogs and pigs, that burrows under the skin of your hands or feet and uses your blood to fuel its egg production. You will notice an uncomfortable swelling, with a faint black dot in its center. You can remove it easily by breaking the skin with a sterilized needle or knife.

Another nuisance is a type of biting gnat. These are known as puripuri in Venezuela or pium in Brazil. They take a little bite from your skin, leaving a single drop of blood and an itchy welt. Wearing a thin-long-sleeved shirt will protect you from them and sun as well. Some judicious citronella “Jungle Juice” on neck, ears, and eyebrows will protect your uncoverable parts.

Rattlesnakes exist, but encountering one is rare. One of my traveling companion’s did find a scorpion under the pants he had lay on a rock to try. There were some impressive but non-threatening spiders.

Use plenty of sunblock. An SPF factor of 18 wasn’t enough for me….

Don’t overexert yourself. A friend of mine who worked for the Austrian Red Cross told me that the most common cause of death on mountains is heart attacks, brought on by pushing oneself too hard. It happens most often in trying to keep up with other members of a group, especially one’s son!

ilse ackerman  from USA offers excellent planning tips from her 2002 visit at

In Upataon the way up from Ciudad Guyana/Porto Ordaz [67km or 42 miles south]  we stopped "at the last decent toilet for the next week." ...The road is in good shape but getting stuck behind gas tankers taking subsidized gasoline across the border is common. At the fork in the road to Brazil or El Dorado [337km 235m from the km markings return to 0 and you're formally on the Trans Amazonian Highway
Birding with Emanuel Nature Tours [pdf]
"There was no way to get even wetter, and I wasn't going to dry anytime soon, so who cares. I took always the path of resistance, through rivers, mud, everything. It felt good to not to have to worry about getting wet anymore. It just became a nice day for a walk in the forest.
from Jan-2006 at

The eastern half of Parque Nacional Canaima is crossed by a road, and this region is referred to as the Gran Sabana (Spanish: Great Plains). The Sabana is a grassy savannah-like plateau with an elevation of 900-1200 metres. Abounding in natural wonders such as waterfalls, rapids and tropical rainforest; the plentiful wildlife makes the Sabana a naturalist and birdwatcher's paradise. Mount Roraima is one of the most acclaimed sights in South America.
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British Everard Im Thurn and Harry Perkins were the first explorers to ascend the RORAIMA in 1884 from the Guyana side. Upon returning, their scientific conference in London inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write the science fiction classic "The Lost World. The tepuys are regarded as 'islands in time' by scientists since species have developed in complete isolation on top of them over milennia. The largest tepuy is Auyan, located to the northwest of the park. From its vertical flanks chutes the amazing Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall. Although impressive, in fact, after the rains all the region's tepuys are threaded with waterfalls - a beautiful sight for any visitor. Many of the tepuys are studded with enormous sink-holes, up to 1000 feet wide and 1000 feet deep, which are unique to the region. Like the tepuys themselves, each of these sink-holes are "islands" and have evolved species of amphibians and insects that are not found anywhere else

This lightly populated region is where the three major languages of the Americas intersect with the magnificent table top mountain of Mount Roraima at their center. Here we can interact with the Espanol of Venezuela, the Portuguese of Brazil and the English of Guyana.

 The highest of the tepuis (table mountains) found in Venezuela, Mount RORAIMA, stands 2810 meters (9,219’) tall at the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. The majority of these mountains range from 2000 (6,500’) to 2700 meters (8,800’), the Roraima being the tallest of all. Having formed 1,800 million years ago, what remains today of the sandstone plateau has been sculpted by the sun, wind, rain and is one of the oldest geological structures on earth, home to many endemic plants and animals. The table mountains of the park are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to the Precambrian Era, some two billion years ago. Some of the tepuis have swamp-like surfaces while others have been washed by rainfall to almost sheer sandstone.

To see Mt. Roraima you must hire a guide, no independent hiking allowed. Expect to get  wet even during the dry season [ Dec - April.] At the top it is very cold, bring or rent a good sleeping bag. Crossing  Rio Kukenan is not for everyone, good shoes are important.

Most hikers sign on for a fully-supported trek in Santa Elena de Uairen which has better visitor facilities and more guide options than the nearer San Francisco de Yuruani . The village of Paraitepui at the base has very limited accommodations.


Santa Elena de Uairén
Santa Elena de Uairén, the Brazil border town lying 20km to the south of the park, is the main administrative centre for Canaima National Park and capital of the Gran Sabana municipal district. The town of 25,000 has a frontier air but you can get well provisioned here including cash advances from the  Banco del Orinoco. Santa Elena is home to a large expatriate community. The town was founded in 1922 as a Capuchin mission, and grew in the 1930s with the establishment of gold and diamond mines in the region. It's proud of it's rough at the edges 'frontier' feel. There are plenty of tour operators who organize trips around the Gran Sabana and to Roraima Tepuy

There are many cafes around the town. US dollars are accepted everywhere but Bolivars are more welcome and help avoid being overcharged as a tourist.

Santa Elena de Uairén is home to many travel agencies offering tours in Canaima National Park, flights over Angel Falls, and hiking tours to the famous Monte Roraima. The town is notable for its influential presence of indigenous peoples; there is even a community called Manakrü (pronounced mah-nah-CREE) populated entirely by indigenous people. The schools in this neighborhood use both Spanish and Pemon, an indigenous language. Due to its proximity to the Brazilian state of Roraima, Santa Elena sees a busy exchange between the two countries of Brazilian consumer products from Brazil and Venezuelan oil.

Tourist Office in Santa Elena in a new building next to the bus stands, offering lots of information and advice.
Annual Events: Santa Elena de Uairén  holds a Frontier Fiesta in August

Other villages
Other villages in the region include San Francisco de Yuruani (close to the turn-off to Roraima Tepuy), Kavanayen, El Pauji, and Icabaru. There are small airstrips at Santa Elena, El Pauji, Ikabaru, Wonken, Kavanayen, Kamarata and Canaima. These are served by six-seater small planes. These flights are less than you might expect, about $50-60 per leg, and offer an incredible way to see the Sabana. There are small airstrips at Santa Elena, El Pauji, Ikabaru, Wonken, Kavanayen, Kamarata and Canaima. 
Two roads split from the main north-south highway, allowing one to penetrate other parts of the region. One heads to the mission of Kavanayen, via the lovely waterfalls of Chinak Meru. Another heads west from Santa Elena to the small and interesting village of El Pauji and on to the mining town of Icabaru.
El Paulji  Pauji is a unique border town where the Gran Sabana ends and the Amazonian jungle begins The  mining [low-tech subsistence gold and diamonds ] and tourist community has attractions like  Cathedral falls, Pozo Esmeralda (Esmerald Pool), Pozo El Paují (Paují Pool), the Abismo overlook and many places to stay. This special place is surrounded by evergreen and gallery forest, bush and savannah and an endless number of rivers, ravines and waterfalls. Many artists have settled here forming a strong community in harmony with nature.
GETTING THERE: you can best get to on a 20 minute flight on Rutaca from Santa Elenas airport. The road can be
terrible but continues as far as Icabarú. Only for 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
 Pauji || Places to Stay in Pauji by
Kavak can only be reached by air or guided tour through the jungle.  It is near spectacular falls and rivers.
Las Caritas a  mining town with spacious green areas extending to a great forest. Located very near the Gran Sabana, it's a good departure spot for excursions with visitor infrastructure, places to stay, Aponwao waterfall.
El Callao The best place to explore the mining treasures of the zone. Gold trading and goldsmiths  are principally concentrated here. Also home of Venezuela's most famous Carnaval, over a century old and based on the Caribbean Carnival traditions brought by early gold miners from Trinidad and Martinique.
San Francisco de Yuruani  Pemen Indian village closest to Roriama. Lots of trekkers hire all equipment - tents, sleeping bags and mats, cooking gear - even rucksacks from here for a small fee
  • Upata (founded 1762), a town well-known for its natural hot springs
  • Guasipati (founded 1757), where there are extraordinary examples of petroglyphs and original cave paintings
  • Cuyuni River,
  • El Dorado A typical mining town, primitive, rudimentary, populated by fortune hunters,(Gustav Eiffel bridge)
  • Tumeremo (founded1788),


Best Web Guides
espanol only but excellent site packed with data beautifully presented
Roraima by Link Lists of resources by Rick McCharles
"A dream landscape - a sort of watery wonderland where the rocks have been eroded by water and wind into all sorts of intriguing shapes. Little ponds, streams and bogs separate the rocky outcrops so you spend the day bouncing from one to the next.
If you are lucky enough to have good sunshine then you will appreciate the place even more. Often though, you will be in clouds which break open ocassionaly to let the light and warmth in. It can get really cold here, especially at night so come prepared

Roraima Trip Reports submitted to


To arrive at la Gran Sabana, one must go by the tarmac road from El Dorado to Brazil. main highway (BR-174) The highway marker starts at Kilometer 0 by the town of El Dorado at 169 meters or 554 feet >above sea level up to Kilometer 135 at 1,400 meters or 4,593 feet

By car:  One can also rent cars (preferably high clearance) in Puerto Ordaz (Ciudad Guayana) or Ciudad Bolivar on the Orinoco and drive south along the highwayA 4x4 opens up more options although guides  provide many options when you get there.
Passing through the little villages on the way,
The main road from Venezuela to Brazil cuts through the eastern sector of the park, giving access to various waterfalls, beauty spots and to Roraima Tepuy

Brazil <-> Venezuela Santa Elena de Uairen is 8 km from the Brazilian border. Venezuelans can get an 8-day pass at the border with just a passport. Brazil usually check for yellow fever inoculation. Visas are issued in Santa Elena [0289 995-1256] and also Ciudad Guayana.

Airlines to Santa Elena de Uairen
Flights: Domestic flight to Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolivar (1,5 hrs / 80-120 $US) and from there the bus to Santa Elena (8-10 hrs / 15-20 $US) or a small plane from Ciudad Bolivar to Santa Elena by Rutaca (140 $US one way). At the time of writing, there were no direct flights from Caracas to Santa Elena, you have to change
Aeropostal Teléfono: 0800 2376252
Avior Teléfono:0501-28467737 Vuela a Canaima / Ciudad Bolívar y Pto. Ordaz
Vuela Teléfono: 0289-9951584 a Pto. Ordaz
Aserca Vuela a Pto. Ordaz
Rutaca Teléfono:0501-7882221 Tiene vuelos en avioneta a Santa Elena de Uairén

Alternative via Brazil: From Boa Vista, .the busy gold rush airport in the capital of the neighboring Brazilian state you can take a Taxi (2,5 h/ 10 $US) to Santa Elena.

The fastest, cheapest and reasonably comfortable way to get to Santa Elena is by bus. Transfer directly from the airport to the bus terminal and from there straight to Santa Elena. Several companies operate ultra-modern buses from Caracas to Santa Elena (20-22 hrs / 30-35 $US) and further to Manaus in Brazil. These double deck buses are equipped with air condition, bathroom and TV/DVD. Bus connection from Ciudad Bolivar (9h) and Puerto Ordaz (8h) 
"Expresos Los Llanos", "Expresos Caribe" and "Expresos Occidente" buses leave daily at 8.30pm (8-10 hours / 15-20 $US) to Santa Elena. You can also use "Turgar" or "San Cristobal".
Expresos Caribe Teléfono: 0289-9951217 Terminal de Autobuses
Santa Elena de Uairén, Bolívar
Expresos los Llanos Teléfono: 0289-9951468 Terminal de Autobuses
Santa Elena de Uairén 0212-6822414
Expresos Occidente 
Turgar Express Teléfono: 0289-9951682  Terminal de Autobuses
Santa Elena de Uairén, Bolívar
Places To Stay
Santa Elena de Uairén [58 rooms] Carretera Nacional vía Brasil, Hotel Gran Sabana Venezuela Santa Elena de Uairén, Estado Bolívar,

 Venezuela. Hotel Gran Sabana Venezuela - Swimming Pool
Phone.: (+58) 289 - 9951810 - 9951811 - 9951812 - Fax: 289 - 9951813
five minutes from the airport. Ten minutes away from the Brazilian border, great swimming pool
Find telephone & address for 24 places to stay!
La Casa de Gladys,  popular with backpackers
La Posada de Michelle
Hotel Michelle, Calle Urdaneta Santa Elena de Uairen
"Brilliant location with low cost restaurants nearby as well as various tour companies and facilities. Much better than expected from the low prices!!..... "Brand-new with 18 rooms, laundry, kitchen, call-service and much more. The best place in Santa Elena for Backpackers! Swiss manager speaks english, spanish, german and french
Camp: Ya - Koo  6 cabins that combine modern and traditional construction,  14 rooms with private bathroom, hot water, porch. 

The comfortable ecotourist  cam is in the hills overlooking the town of Santa Elena and the surrounding Rio Uairen valley.
GETTING THERE: 3 km. from Santa Elena de Uairén, on the way toward Sampay.
From Santa Elena de Uairén, follow the street
which goes to the Centro Frutícola, then take the dirt road to the camp

Las Claritas [Km. 85 vía Santa Elena de Uairén] [Comfortable  cabins, gourmet meals]
At Kilometer 84 Barquilla de Fresa is  access to all the most interesting birding areas, including the Capuchinbird lek, the area of the spectacular Guayanan Cock-of-the Rock, both the White and Bearded Bellbirds, and the lek of the Scarlet-horned Manakin 627 bird species in all have been identified
Campament: Anaconda At the meeting point of the Antabares and Caroní Rivers
 The camp is found on the high part of a hill and has a spectacular view of the tepuis, jungle, and savannas.  Leaving early, you can reach the Antabares river in 1 hour, when it is full of parakeets, macaws, toucans, and other avifauna. Climbing to the summit, there is a majestic view of the savannah and tepuis. An outing is also offered on the Caroní River with a walk of 1 km.
to reach the waterfalls of Las Babas.
Camp: Turístico Gran Sabana 5 rooms, with a full-size bed, private bathroom, cold water and fan. Located in a woodland area, it has a churuata
style restaurant
Kavanayén [Km. 24 vía Santa Elena de Uairén]
Chinak-Merú (Aponwao Falls)
20 km from the Kavanayen turnoff
The Aponwao falls and surrounding countryside is a truly beautiful place, with spectacular views everywhere you turn.
Camp: Mantopai comfortable stone cabins with a porch and bathroom incorporated, with capacity for 24 people in double or individual beds. restaurant service.

Located at the foot of the tepuy Soro-Ropan, it has a pretty view of the western Gran Sabana. There is a river nearby where you can bathe which has a small waterfall. Not far away is the indigenous community of
Kavanayén, the falls Torón and Toroncito and Aponwao

GETTING THERE: The road to Kavanayén is by an unpaved road, only for 4-wheel drive vehicles. In Canaima national park only 20 km, from Kavanayén.

Hammock camping at Iboribo, an indigenous village where trips to the falls are run from. Restaurant - but they need to be told first how many will be eating. From here you pay $5 p/p for the boat trip accross anmd obligatory Pemon guide. You can walk or take a canoe for part of the way, to Aponwao falls, Pozo Escondido, Pozo del Amor (there are maps on the wall of the restaurant at Iboribo). NB. Canoe rides may not be possible in the wet season, as the currents are too strong.
Campament: Chivatón 10 rooms with 4 or 5 beds in each room all in a stone construction, in the style
of the capuchin missionaries.

On the eastern side of La Gran Sabana, on the road to Kavanayén halfway between Luepa and Kavanayen on the Aponwao river
GETTING THERE: The road to Kavanayén is by an unpaved road, only for 4-wheel drive vehicles.

You can visit tepuis, waterfalls, rivers and savanna everywhere.

El Paují
El Pauji is in the southern part of the state, along the frontier with Brazil, 44 miles west of Santa Elena de Uairen.
Camp: Chimantá 8 cabins with double rooms and private bath. bar
In the center of El Paují, in the south of the state, along the frontier with Brazil.
Camp: El Paují spectacular view. Lodging is in cabins with 2 rooms, capacity for 5, private bath and lots of windows
In the center of El Paují, on the Plaza Bolívar
Camp: Kawaik wood and stone house with 2 quadruple rooms, a smaller house for 2, and another for 4 people, all with private bath. Run by Carolina Avlar and Paulo Patritti. Restaurant for guests only. Offer river savannah and jungle excursions. Italian and English spoken. 15mins by car past El Paujil (they will pick you up at the airport).
10 km. from the village of El Paují,
Camp: Marypak 5 cabins with double bedrooms and private bathroom. A restaurant frequented by the other camps
In the center of El Paují,
Camp: Wei - More
On the edge of Los Altos de El Paují,
El Dorado
Agua Selva
Camping or hammocks dormitry style for $5pp. Restaurant with typical food. Tlf: 911091. On the right hand side coming in to El Dorado. Excursions in canoe through the jungle to "La Tierra de los Salto" (The Land of Waterfalls) including a guide and paramedic, food, hammocks, mosquito nets. Camping in indigenous communities. They will take you to Payapal to see the gold mines or up the Cuyuní River for the day by canoe
Encanto Cuyuní
Hammocks can be slung for $5, and you can also camp. They also do day trips to local indigenous communities and to the gold mines. Also 1 - 3 day trips up the Cuyuní river deeper into the jungle. Tlf. 088 911155 Ask for Sr. Antonio - who is a friend of theirs in El Dorado
El Dorado-Santa Elena de Uairén highway
Campament: Akopán
Camping site on the banks of the River Aponwao. Restaurant, barbecue site, craft shops and public loos. In Canaima national park, in the eastern sector of the Gran Sabana, Km. 140, on the El Dorado-Santa Elena de Uairén highway
Rápidos de Kamoiran, km 171
Restaurant, Petrol station, shop, public bathrooms, river. Camping allowed $1.50 per tent.
Road to La Gran Sabana, 178 th Km.
Camp: Kamoirán 
16 double, triple and quadruple rooms with private bathroom and capacity
for 45 people. Electricity and natural ventilation. Restaurant
Salto Kawi, km 194
Churuata for slinging hammocks, tents for rent. They will cook your food or rent you the stove. Nice falls, jasper rock.
Salto Kama Merú, km 201
55m high falls. Hammocks $3., Camping $1. Restaurant Good place for buying handicrafts.
Quebrado Pacheco and Arapan Merú falls (kms 237 and 238.5)
Hammocks, camping. Public bathrooms. If you bring food they will cook it for you. There is a small path up the hill behind Pacheco, which in 30mins., leads you to some thermal springs. Ask Alejandro Romero - the park guard for details. Warning. Be careful not to go past the red strip in Quebrada Pacheco, as there is a hidden waterfall, which has claimed several lives.
Suruape, km 244
Churuatas for hammocks, $15 / Churuata / night, sleeps 6-7 pax. Camping free. Restaurant. Nice pool for swimming.
San Francisco de Yuruaní, km 250
You can camp or sling a hammock at the posada run by Roraima Tours.
Camp: Wentuna 8 double, triple or quadruple rooms with capacity for 24 people, all with
private bath. Electricity, natural ventilation and a restaurant

Of the road to La Gran Sabana, 303th km.
Located 5 minutes away from Santa Elena de Uairén.
San Ignacio de Yuruaní
Uruve Camp 18 in hammocks or 42 and more in tents

GETTING THERE: Located in the Uruve valley
By air  in light plane to Uruve it is 1.5 hours from Puerto Ordaz,  Santa Elena de Uairén, crossing
the Gran Sabana. After San Ignacio de Yuruaní, turn off to the right. The camp is 9 km. from the paved road.
 Five minutes from the camp is Salto Rue Merú,
which emerges from an underground section of the river, flowing over red and yellow jasper, with a cascade of some 37 m. (over 100 ft.) which falls
in a beautiful natural pool.

From Paraitepui, Paraitepui means "to the tepui". It is a short distance off a paved highway and it may be reached easily by four wheel drive vehicle, with great difficulty by car if the unpaved road conditions are unusually fine, or by foot in about a day.

Most hikers take one day to reach the base of the mountain, and then another day to follow "La Rampa" a natural staircase-like path, up to the top. Another two days are typically needed for the return, and many people spend one day on top of the mountain for five days total. The only non-technical route to the top is the Paraitepui route; any other approach will involve climbing gear.
The mountain has been climbed from the Guyana and Brazil sides but these are technical rock climbing routes.

Hiring porters is a way to contribute to the local economy. Porters can be arranged at Parapetui. There is no fee for entering the park. Porters are also a way for you to enjoy the scenery more and spend less time thinking about ankles, knees, and toes.

At Paraitepui, "a list is made of all packaged food-stuff to be taken on the walk as all packets / bottles and toilet paper should be brought back down and taken from the village to be disposed of in San Francisco / Santa Elena. There are tight controls on items allowed on the mountain (no glass bottles for instance)"
parapetui by

It is also possible to take a helicopter journey to the top of the mountain to avoid the climb.


Tours to Mount Roraima & Gran Sabana
Although the path to reach the plateau is well marked and popularly traveled, it is easy to get lost on top of the mountain as there are few distinct trails and the near constant cloud cover on top makes visual references problematic.


Tour Directory
Kamadac Tours  Teléfono: 0289-9951408
Calle Urdaneta, Santa Elena de Uairén, Estado Bolívar
Arassari by
BackPackers Torus Teléfono: 0289-9951524 Urbanización Akurimá, Los Pinos, Santa Elena de Uairén, Bolívar.
Roraima trek by
Adan Adventures Roraima trek by  Discover this land of wide open spaces, mysterious sandstone mesas called tepuis by the Pemon Indians, rivers and spectacular waterfalls. Many ways to explore this part of Southeastern Venezuela:
Raúl Helicópteros Teléfono: En el Hotel Gran Sabana
Santa Elena de Uairén, Bolívar. 0289-9951912 Included in itinerary for the 3 and 6 month Project Adventure programs Roberto Marrero
Teléfono: 0289-04160558
Calle Urdaneta Av. Mariscal Sucre, Santa Elena de Uairén, Estado Bolívar.  excursions to the Gran Sabana are one of the most beautiful experiences you can ever enjoy in your life. Pure and clear skies; nights full of stars, rivers and majestic falls, anyhow, dare to life this magnificent trip
Hotel Inter-Continental Guayana Lobby. Tlf.: 286 9236447 - 9227748 - 0416 6860284 . 
Aeropuerto Internacional Manuel Piar. Tlf.: 286 7173911
Travel agency. Tlf.: 286 9233650 / 6178
Approach from Guyana to include to Kaiteur Falls - tallest single drop waterfall in the world Rafting & Kayaking | Tours en 4x4 | Roraima & Trekking Av. Mariscal Sucre, diagonal a la Bomba PDV, Sta. Elena de Uairén, Edo. Bolívar Venezuela.
Telf. 0289 - 9951134 Cel. 0414-8894164
Roraima trek by
Roraima trek by
Ruta Salvaje Tours Teléfono: 0289-9951134 Av. Mariscal Sucre Santa Elena de Uairén, Bolívar.
Volunteer: Live and volunteer in a typical Pemon Indian community
Volunteering Opportunities South AmericaThe Sabana is the home of the Pemón Indians, an ethnic minority of about 6000 people. They are encountering problems such as sour soils poor in minerals, which make cultivation very difficult, so that after a relatively short period of time they slash and burn further parts of forest. This, together with increasing anthropogenic pressure, illegal mining, new population settlements etc. leads to forest fragmentation with strong negative impact on ecosystem functionality.

The community of Chirikayen is a small rural village an hour's drive (by 4wd) from Santa Elena in the heart of the beautiful La Gran Sabana national park. It has a population of only 200 people and is located midst breathtaking surroundings close to the Chirikayen Tepuy (flat-top mountain - 1650m) and enjoys a healthy climate and environment. Chirikayen has a primary school, a health care station, a basic shop and a church.

Peace Villages Foundation offers the opportunity to work with indigenous people in an isolated community.

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