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Roraima is the tallest of all the tepuis, the massive table-topped mountains in Venezuela's Gran Sabana. It's plateau sits at 8,860 feet, and its highest peak hits 9,220 feet. Like all the tepuis, Roraima has some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world: isolated for millions of years from the world below, life on top of each tepui has evolved its own unique species. Botanists who have researched the area say there are more than 2,000 plant species on top of the tepuis that are endemic — they are found nowhere else on earth. This startling discovery inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, to write "The Lost ...

Roraima is the tallest of all the tepuis, the massive table-topped mountains in Venezuela's Gran Sabana. It's plateau sits at 8,860 feet, and its highest peak hits 9,220 feet. Like all the tepuis, Roraima has some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world: isolated for millions of years from the world below, life on top of each tepui has evolved its own unique species. Botanists who have researched the area say there are more than 2,000 plant species on top of the tepuis that are endemic — they are found nowhere else on earth. This startling discovery inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, to write "The Lost World," his fabulous tale in which dinosaurs were still living on a remote plateau in the Amazon basin. The trek to Roraima generally takes a minimum of five days round trip. The walk does not require any technical climbing skills, but you should be fit and healthy. Most people go on a guided tour and camp for several nights on top of the tepui, and spend several days exploring the eye-popping vegetation at the top.

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Jens Porup is coauthor of Lonely Planet Venezuela.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Mount Roraima lies on the Guiana Shield in the southeastern corner of Venezuela's 30000 km2 Canaima National Park forming the highest peak of Guyana's Highland Range. The tabletop mountains of the park are considered some of the oldest geological formatio
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Venezuelan Bolivar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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    The weather on top of Roraima can change in a matter of minutes. That said, the dry season in the region is December to April, and you'll encounter fewer showers then.