Trekking amongst Venezuela's stunning table mountains
Conan Doyle's classic adventure novel was inspired by Venezuela's 'Lost World', a region of dense jungle and rolling grassland dominated by immense sandstone table mountains known as tepuys.
Towering almost 3000m above the tropical savannah, the bare cliffs of the tepuys were once regarded impossible to climb. On a classic six-day trek we reach the summit of the highest tepuy, Mount Roraima, a maze of blackened rock and babbling streams harbouring a unique eco-system full of unusual plants including rare carnivorous species.
We also visit the largest, Auyan Tepuy (Devil's Mountain) from which the highest waterfall in the world plunges almost 1000m - the spectacular Angel Falls.
What makes this trip responsible?
We use several family owned lodges during this trip, which helps to keep money in the local community. At these properties locally sourced food is served wherever possible. When hiking we stick to marked trails to reduce our impact on the environment and we enforce a ‘leave no trace’ policy in regard to litter - everything taken up Roraima is taken back down. Locally hired porters help with this. Visitors are briefed on local regulations for Roraima and guides enforce these, for example, campfires are not allowed and only biodegradable soap can be used for washing.
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Aponguao Waterfall, Gran Sabana