Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima mountain chain in South America and one of the world’s most extraordinary natural geological formations. The 31 square kilometer summit area of Mount Roraima is defined by 400 meter tall cliffs on all sides and includes the borders of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana.
If you think you’ve seen beauty and want to still do some exploring, then this must be on your list. It is also known as Tepuy Roraima and Cerro Roraima. First described by the English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh in 1596, its 31 kilometers summit area is defended on all sides by tall cliffs rising to 1,300 feet. The mountain also serves as the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana as noted above.
To get there, you need to head south in Venezuela – Mount Roraima lies on the Guiana Shield in the southeastern corner of Venezuela’s 30,000 square kilometers 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 formations on Earth, dating back to some two billion years ago in the Precambrian.
The highest point in Guyana and the highest point of the Brazilian state of Roraima lie on the plateau, but Venezuela and Brazil have higher mountains elsewhere. The tabletop mountains of the Pakaraima’s are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to over two billion years ago. The result? An eerie, life changing and unforgettable experience!
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