8 days as part of a tailor-made holiday
Camping in Roraima
The hike up the tableland mountain of Roraima is one of the most compelling on the continent. You have to be fit, and there are plenty of bugs, but the rewards at the top make the effort well worthwhile. It really is another world at the top - pools, tiny plants, lunar rocks; and from there you can survey the tropical forests and grassy plains stretch out to the horizon far below.
Regular departures from Santa Elena
8 days, 7 nights
Following a night in the Venezuela- Brazil border town of Santa Elena, drive by jeep into the savannah to reach Paraitepuy, the Pemon indian village from which you set out for the base camp. Start the trek the next day:a 5-hour hike across rolling grasslands, fording streams, with ropes if necessary. The savannah rises steadily towards the base of Roraima.
After a night under canvas, climb through the rainforest, through broken rocks and luxuriant flora, sheltering from waterfalls above, to reach the top (5 hours). Explore the surface of the plateau, an otherworldly land of huge rocks, water and bogs. Descend to the campsite at the Río Tek. On arrival in Paraitepuy, return by jeep to Santa Elena. Depart from Santa Elena airport.
Read about our own experiences climbing Mount Roraima. Journey Latin America Marketing Executive Julia Ross has done just that - and found it to be an exhilarating experience. She loved it - and she's not even a particularly keen trekker!
Mount Roraima Trek
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Camping on the Roraima trek
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