Most Epic Places: Mount Roraima

I want to travel. The human race has a spectacular way of balancing itself out. Every so often people are born with a higher level curiosity than most, with more drive and tenacity. These are the inventors, the innovators and the travelers. People that aren’t happy with the same tube journey every day or with the same stretch of M42, owned by another human being for a few thousand pounds a year. People that look at something and think that this could be better and if no one else is going to do it – I will.

This week I want to share one of the most beautiful places in the world, high on my list of places to visit because it’s a wonder it exists at all.

Cast your mind back to about 200 millions years ago and you’re getting close to vibe that this stunning natural geological formation is giving off. Punching through the mist, this island in the sky sits atop clouds, isolated from the modern world below. Home to plants and animals unique to this environment, untouched by predators including mankind for what might as well be all of time.

The summit of Mount Roraima is a plateau spanning 31 square kilometers, unheard of as something that should be possible in your own brain. Elevated by 400 metre tall cliffs on all sides the top is essentially a fortress, susceptible only to aerial attack from birds and at some point in history, reptiles. The age of this masterpiece is over 2 billion years old from when the world was a very different place, meaning that the life at the top has evolved almost independently from the rest of the world.

It is possible for explorers to climb to the summit via the Gran Sabana side, this is the only way to the top so the route is well established but the unique features that define Mount Roraima means that you’ll probably be climbing in a downpour. Paths can turn to waterfalls quickly here so if you’ve been subjected to crowd control water cannon style, you should be well prepared. Guides are available and most definitely advised.

This is just one part of Venezuela that’s staggeringly beautiful, tropical resort islands scatter the north coast as well. That means beaches, jungle and unique mountains all in one country so if you’ve never considered South America before it’s time to fix up because this is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

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