Roraima Mountain, also known as Tepuy Roraima or Cerro Roraima in Spanish, is a 2,810m high mountain located in the South American range of Pacaraima. We can find it right on the border with Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. The peak is a flat plateau of around 31km² surrounded by 400m high cliffs, which gives it an amazing look!
It was described for the first time in 1596 by the British explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based on his famous novel The Lost World. The place it’s been also depicted in the Pixar movie Up.
In ancient times it was known by the locals as the mother of all waters, being one of the most humid places in the world. It rains almost every day and from it’s peak, we can see many waterfalls towards the rain forests around.
It’s one of the oldest geological formations on Earth, being around 2,000 million years old. It’s being so isolated that we can find several endemic species like the tinny black frog and very curious looking plants and flowers.
Nowadays is a very attractive destination for trekking lovers. Usually the trail is started from the part in Venezuela, from the town of Paraitepui. The easiest route is called La Rampa, natural rock stairs which go up straight to the peak with no climbing gear being necessary.
How to get to Roraima: Is it easy to get there but there are several agencies who organize trips to trek in the mountain. You can reach it by car from Caracas after a very long trip of around 16/24 hours. The best option is to take a flight from Caracas to Ciudad Bolívar o Puerto Ordaz, and get closer by road from there.
What to do in Roraima: Hiking is really exciting and also hard, because of the humidity and rain. You cannot do it by yourself, it is mandatory to hire a local guide.
Where to stay in Roraima: There is not infrastructure on the mountain so turn on your adventure mode and prepare for free camping!
Credit: photos by Uwe George, Jano Escuer, Rhonny Lanz and Adalberto Jose Perez Lopez