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Trek up table mountain Roraima
Ascend to the summit of remote Mount Roraima to see a unique environment of surreal rock formations and endemic species.
It's easy to see why this part of Venezuela inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write the 'Lost World'. Dotted with huge table mountains called tepuis which rise like sleeping giants from the grassy plateau, it is a landscape that cannot fail to fire the imagination. The largest of these monoliths is Mount Roraima, which can be ascended on an extremely rewarding 5-day trek passing through the remote Gran Sabana, far from towns or roads.
While the trek to and from the mountain is undeniably scenic, the real draw is what lies at the top. On the third day you'll have the chance to explore this truly otherworldly landscape of rock pools and knobbly limestone, supporting an ecosystem which is unique to the summit. Geographically separated from the lowlands by Roraima's vertical walls, plant and animal species evolved in isolation and the effect is an eerie, alien and beautiful environment where most flora and fauna is the colour of the dark rock. If there's time you'll also be able to walk to the tri-border where Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela meet.
2017 departure dates: 18 Oct.
Activity Rating: moderate
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Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
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Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.