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Sunday Snapshot: Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Posted By in The Americas, Travel Photography | 6 comments

Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Leah Davis, an avid world traveler and travel blogger.  She’s been exploring the world since 2009 and has spent significant time in Thailand, Venezuela and Perú.  She has no intention of settling down anytime soon; although she currently resides in the US, she’ll be on the move again in the fall, this time exploring Central America.  She writes about her experiences traveling, living, working and volunteering abroad on her blog, The Mochilera Diaries.  Follow along on themochileradiaries.com, Twitter, or Instagram.

Mount Roraima Venezuela

“This photo shows the southern face of Venezuela’s Mount Roraima, the largest tepui, or table mountain, in the Pakaraima chain in South America. Roraima is a formidable hiking adversary; surrounded on all sides by sheer limestone cliffs 400 meters high, the only way to the summit is by way of a natural ramp accessed from the south after crossing harsh savannah and jungle. The flat top of the mountain, isolated and virtually unchanged since its formation, is home to a vast array of prehistoric flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. The towering waterfalls that cascade over Roraima’s cliffs after rainfall and the other-worldly landscapes of the summit even served as inspiration for the Pixar animated film, Up. Five- or six-day treks are available nearly year-round and can be easily organized from the town of Santa Elena de Uairén near the Brazilian border.”

What are some of your most memorable hiking experiences? Favourite mountains? Share your experiences in the comments!

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  1. vegetatingearth July 7, 2014

    That is so beautiful! Venezuela is gorgeous. I live right next to the largest mountain in my area, and I love hiking it (Korea is biiig on hiking) – however I've never made it to the top as my boyfriend is scared of heights. We always have to hike back down at 300 meters from the summit!

  2. danperry October 30, 2014

    Roraima is a really special place. I highly recommend trekking to the top. The scenery and wildlife are like nothing else in this world.

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