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Hiking Mount Roraima in Venezuela

The tripoint of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil, this mountain is often called a floating island due to its shape

Best time: December–April

Hiking Mount Roraima
Hiking Mount Roraima
Hiking Mount Roraima
Hiking Mount Roraima
Hiking Mount Roraima

A true natural wonder, Mount Roraima plateau may appear to be floating on a cloudy day. It sits 2,338 m (7,671) feet above the forest floor. In South America, this one is the highest in the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus, its huge summit area covers 31 sq. km (12 sq. mi). Mount Roraima belongs to some of the oldest geological formations on the planet, dating back two billion years ago. The unique ecosystem of a mountain range​ features many endemic plant and animal species. There are also a few beautiful waterfalls, some of the highest in the world.

Located on the Guiana Shield in the southeastern corner of Venezuela's Canaima National Park, Mount Roraima is the highest point of Guyana and the Brazilian state of Roraima. The border line between the countries intersects on the mountain's massive shelf. The only way to climb to the top of this Tepui is from the Gran Sabana side in Venezuela.

A Mount Roraima trekking trip usually takes around a week. Up to two days are needed to reach the base of the peak, whereas the hike to the top and back takes about four days. Besides, you may want to spend a day on top.

The best time for a hike is in the dry season from December to April. Rainy season is less safe, yet stunning with waterfalls. Also, bear in mind in the dry season it still rains almost every day at the summit. It can get quite chilly too, so don't forget warm clothes.

Roraima Tepui name is derived from 'Roroi-ma,' that in Pemon language means 'big blue-green.' Tepui or tepuy stands for table mountain in Spanish. The mountain plays a significant role in the folklore of the local tribes. It also inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World.

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When is the best time to hike Mount Roraima?

Hiking Mount Roraima is recommended during the dry season from December to April. Warm clothes are needed even during this period since the summit experiences rainfall almost every day. While hiking during the rainy season possesses some risks, witnessing the stunning waterfalls makes it all worthwhile. Show more

What is the unique ecosystem present on Mount Roraima?

Mount Roraima's ecosystem houses many animal and plant species, some of which are exclusive to the area. The ecosystem has been around for over two billion years and can be found at the southeastern part of Venezuela's Canaima National Park. The mountain range is also home to breathtaking waterfalls, some of the most towering falls in the world. Show more

Where is Mount Roraima located and how many countries does it border?

Mount Roraima is situated in the Pakaraima Mountains, specifically in the Guiana Shield, which is the tripoint of Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela. It is the highest point of the state of Roraima in Brazil and Guyana, where the border line intersects on the mountain's plateau. Show more

How long does a typical Mount Roraima trekking trip take?

A typical Mount Roraima trek requires a week to complete. The trek involves a two-day walk to reach the peak's base, four-day hike for the summit and back, and extra time if desired to explore the peak. Warm clothes are necessary since it gets chilly at the peak. Show more

What is the meaning and significance of the name 'Roraima Tepui'?

Meaning 'big blue-green' in the Pemon language, Roraima Tepui's name is derived from 'Roroi-ma.' Tepui, which stands for table mountain in Spanish. The mountain played a significant role in the folklore of the local tribes and inspired the novel The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. Nowadays, people from all over the world visit the site for hiking and exploring the mountain's natural beauty. Show more

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