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Canaima lagoon

One of the most beautiful places in Venezuela is Canaima lagoon and its surroundings. The lagoon is fed by several small water falls: Hacha, Wadaima, Golondrina and Ucaima. On the back you can see 3 "tepuy", those flat top mountains, that distinguish this region, they are called Nonoy-Tepuy ("Zamuro" or Vulture), Kuravaina-Tepuy ("Venado" or Deer) and Topochi-Tepuy ("Cerbatana" or Blowpipe).

Canaima lagoon
Canaima lagoon

You can enjoy the navigation in a "Curiara" - those long canoes used by Indians - and a closer view to the water falls.

Golondrina (swallow) fall in Canaima
Golondrina (swallow) fall

Hacha (ax) Fall in Canaima
Hacha (ax) Fall

Something really surprising is the color of the water and the sand. Due to the abundance of minerals, the water takes a red color and the sand has a beautiful light pink, because of the presence of quartz.

Red water and pink sand in Canaima
Red water and pink sand

Canaima's beach
Canaima's beach

Sunset in the lagoon of Canaima
Sunset in the lagoon

The village near Canaima
The village near Canaima

In the aerial view shown below, you can appreciate how the Carrao river, after bording the Auyantepuy, and being fed by water coming from the Angel Falls, splits in several streams, and forming islands. The biggest island is called Anatoly. To the left, if you pay close attention, you can see the Sapo and Sapito Falls. To the right the same water falls that we have shown before, feeding the Canaima Lagoon. Below the Ara fall, where the lagoon ends.

Canaima's Area

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Interactive map

Excursions from Canaima

Unter ''El Sapo''

You can (and should) take a "curiara" and have a closer look to Canaima waterfalls and reach the island Anatoly, from where you can see the Sapo (frog) and Sapito (little frog) falls. You will never forget the experience of walking underneath "El Sapo", on your way to "El Sapito".

Sapo Falls

And of course, you can't miss the higher water fall and one of the natural wonders of the world: the Angel Falls.

You can get there by air or navigating upstream the Carrao and then the Churun rivers. It is a long ride (3 hours and a half) and an hour walk that will take you to the base of the falls, where this picture was taken. But be reassured, you will enjoy the trip from beginning to end.

Angel Falls

Plan of Canaima

1 - Salto Sapito

2 - Salto El Sapo

3 - Salto Ara

4 - Salto Hacha

5 - Salto Wadaima

6 - Salto Golondrina

7 - Salto Ucaima

8 - Playa de los Enamorados

9 - Caserío Kaunwaripa

10 - Inparques

11 - Campamento Edelca

12 - Camino Indígena

13 - Petroglifos

14 - Terminal de Pasajeros

15 - Inparques

16 - Ambulatorio

17 - Iglesia

18 - Escuela

19 - Aldea Maloka

20 - Iglesia Pemón

21 - Pista aterrizaje Ucaima

22 - Puerto Ucaima

23 - Playita

Plano detallado de Canaima

A - Bernal Tours

B - Posada Kusari

C - Posada Kaikuse

D - Restaurante Parakaupa

E - Tiuna Tours

F - Makunaima

G - Canaima Tours

H - Campamento hnos. Jiménez

I - Quincalla Canaima Souvenirs

J - Tienda Salto Angel

K - Campamento Hoturvensa

L - Posada Wey Tepuy

M - Restaurante Simon

N - Kamaracoto Tours

O - Kaikarwa Tours

P - Campamento Ucaima

Fotos out of the car's window

Río Carrao Foto
Río Carrao Foto: Nelly Chacón

Ver además

Caracas - With a population around 4 million, Caracas is the capital and more populated city in Venezuela. It is located close to the Coast (La Guaira Port), but at an altitude of 800 meters (2400 feet), which gives it an unique climate.

La Gran Sabana - La Gran Sabana (The great plain) is located inside Venezuela's biggest national park: Canaima, in the Bolivar state south. It is an unique place with views that you will not see anywhere else in the world. This national park has two very different parts:

Barlovento - Barlovento is a region in Miranda State, east from Caracas. Since the Guarenas – Caucagua highway was finished, the access to the region from Caracas has turned easier, making it a very interesting touristic destination on vacations.

Parques Nacionales - Los parques nacionales de Venezuela tienen una especial importancia por preservar la vida salvaje, la naturaleza y por servir de excelentes lugares de recreación. De hecho, los destinos turísticos más reputados de Venezuela en el exterior, como lo son Los Roques y Canaima son parques nacionales.

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