Mount Roraima is one of the oldest mountain formations that borders between Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana in South America. Popul...
Mount Roraima is one of the oldest mountain formations that borders between Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana in South America. Popularly known as Cerro Roraima and Roraima Tepui the place gives you an exotic view that sticks with you forever. While its cliff walls are only experienced by the climbers, there is a path up the mountains ramp which takes two days to reach the destination.
It exactly lies on the Guiana Shield in the corner of Venezuela’s 30-000 square km Canaima Park forming the highest peak of Guyana's Highland Range.
With all four sides covered with 400-meter cliffs, the Mount Roraima is worth a visit for more than the exotic views. It is the highest of South America’s Pakaraima Mountains and the fascinating geological formation. A mountain is still a place of myths, mysteries, and legends for the locals that used to live here centuries ago. It is a large sandstone with no vegetation, though few bushes can be found here. The plateau is a home to different unique species of flora and fauna, including Rapatea Heather and pitcher plants.
Low scanty and bristling vegetation is also noticed and the sandy marshes intersperse the rocky summit. The nutrients present in the soil are washed away by the torrents over the edge, forming the highest waterfalls in the world.
The top of the tepuy includes sandstones and quartzite which appear black due to fungi over millions of years. While erosion on the top has created pools of crystal rainwater, you can also find some areas with a sublime texture of pink sands that gives the landscape an exotic feel.
Hiking on the mountain is not hard enough; you can easily get help from the locals as they organize guides for you in exchange for some money. Interestingly, Mount Roraima is said to have one of the most beautiful hiking trails around the world. Imagine a view at the 2772 m with stunning landscape view and impressive weather. If you love hiking then Mount Roraima is definitely the place not to miss.
Culturally, the Mountain Roraima holds significance to the local inhabitants of the area and features mainly the folklore and myths. People view Roraima as the extremely large tree that holds all the vegetables and fruits in the world. Roroi means ‘blue green’ and ma means ‘great’ in the language of the Pemon. (17.1)
The first person recorded to climb the mountain was Sir Everard in Thurn in 1884. It is also believed that the mountain also inspired him for his novel ‘The Lost world’ in 1912.
The Mountain Roraima can be climbed any time during the year, but people prefer during December to April.
The place is all about the unconventional traveling idea where tourist can find stunning landscape and a new way of capturing photos.
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