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The Roraima

The Kukenan on the left and the Roraima on the right
The Kukenan on the left and the Roraima on the right Enlargement:

In the East part of the Canaima, in the middle of the region known as the Gran Sabana, we can find the biggest tepuy among all the tepuys: The Roraima.

The tepuys are those rare mountains, verticals with plain tops. These mountains have very big vertical walls.

Among all tepuys, only some like the Roraima and the Auyantepui can be visited on foot, without any climbing gear, thanks to a “ramp” nearby the vertical rock-wall.

The ramp to climb the Roraima
The ramp to climb the Roraima

The vertical wall
The vertical wall


Of course, its possible to reach the top by helicopter, but those who decide these option can’t enjoy the vegetation on the way up, abundant in orchids and ferns, and also some great views.

Tree in the vertical wall
Tree in the vertical wall

Líquenes
Líquenes


For a narration of the trip to the Roraima, just click the following link:
Trip to Roraima

Travellers on the rocky top, watching the savannah
Travellers on the rocky top, watching the savannah

Vista del Kukenán, desde el tope del Roraima
A view of the Kukenan, from the summit of the Roraima

Another view of the Kukenan, from the summit of the Roraima.
Another view of the Kukenan, from the summit of the Roraima.

The summit of the Roraima is completely rocky. It has sculpted formations because of the water and wind impact giving it diverse figures. Puddles are very common, many of them like small vegetation islands. In some cases, we can appreciate a small garden in half a square meter.

Formación Rocosa
Rocky formation - Photo taken by Henry Martin Yepez Delgado

Garden Island
Garden Island

The Roraima has very interesting points. The “Maverick”, called like this due to its likeliness to the figure of the car with this name, is the highest point reaching 2725 meters above sea level. The “Jacuzzis” are some small circular natural pools.

The “Maverick”, the highest point.
The “Maverick”, the highest point.

Atardecer desde el "Maverick"
Dawn from the top of the Maverick - Photo taken by Miguel Alejandro Espino Delgado


The Jacuzzis
The Jacuzzis

Bridge over the Jacuzzis
Bridge over the Jacuzzis

The “triple point”, called like this because it symbolizes the border between Venezuela, Brasil and the Guayana Esequiba (Reclamation Zone). At this point there is a reference that marks this point. Near this point, we can find the “crystal valley” (called this way due to its quartz rock abundance) and the trench, a big hole in a rock with water, where those who are brave can have a shower (because its very cold).


The trench
The trench

The interior of the trench
The interior of the trench

From the “Abyss” you can see the north part of the Tepuy, also called the “bow”. In order to get close to the edge, it’s recommended to do it lying on the floor down faced and with a person grabbing you by your feet.

Abismo desde el Roraima

La Proa

The Main Hotel
The Main Hotel

Tents in the “Main Hotel”
Tents in the “Main Hotel”

Roraima offers many excellent camping places called the “Hotels”. These camping places are under a big rock that offers a nice shelter against the always frequent rain, the wind, and cold.

The temperatures at night can reach bellow 12 Celsius grades and, in some seasons, can reach bellow 0 Celsius grades.

Ataredecer en el campamento base
Dawn in the base camp - Photo taken by Henry Martin Yepez Delgado

El río Arabopó en la cumbre del Roraima
The Arabopo River in the summit of the Roraima.


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