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Monte Roraima

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Monte Roraima

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Monte Roraima
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Troncal 10, Canaima National Park 8001 Venezuela
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Adeodatus wrote a review Jan 2020
Slovenia3 contributions1 helpful vote
A gorgeous trek that managed to surprise despite high expectations. Very well thought out, well maintained paths, gorgeous countryside, plants and endemic animal species, waterfalls for natural dips and showers along the way, year around. And the top is like reaching another planet, a deserted Indian palace ruins in the clouds with gardens, statues and ponds. We went with Vago tours (instagram account has some suggested departure dates but was very accommodating) with Luis who also organised a nice team of porters and the cook. We spent two nights totally alone on the top of Roraima, no other groups. A personalised experience, recommended. Some suggestions to keep in mind: As of 2020, the economy is pretty much dolarised, with brazilian reais also used as direct payment method in Santa Elena and around. Euro is less popular and will be treated as USD 1:1. The vast majority of hikers are Venezuelan and Brazilian. Similarly, the two languages and portuñol, the mix of the two, are easiest to travel around with. There is little you can do against the vicious puri puri bites. They are called besos de la Sabana. Long sleeves and long pants and some scratching for a week or so afterwards. The maintenance of the park and cleanliness were impressive. However, there was an uncomfortable situation when requesting the proof of payment for the entrance fees to the park. Do try insist on getting that as it would be a shame if the collected fees are not put to continued upkeep. The paved road from Santa Elena to San Francisco is way better than the road approaching the border on the Brazilian side. The remaining one hour of unpaved part from San Francisco to the start of the trek is quite bumpy though. All in all a wonderful, perhaps the nicest trek in South America considering the overall experience of beautiful nature and sustainable tourism without crowds.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Juan Carlos Ramirez wrote a review Mar 2019
25 contributions4 helpful votes
Japanese group hiked all the way passed triple point until the Bow and lake Gladys they said had a great time with no problems on the road in or out of Venezuela
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Mashka M wrote a review Feb 2019
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I was dreaming about climbing Roraima since I was 23. Now I am 39. So I was looking for the recommendations and decided to try with hike venezuella since the reviews were very good. I contacted them about possible dates and they suggested to pick up any date I wanted,saying they were 95% sure they would make a group. So I did. The tickets were bought the hotels were booked, but ten days before the trip i was informed that they couldn't find enough people and my trip was cancelled. So i started to look for someone who could help make my dream come true and luckily I found Caburai Adventure and an amazing guy whose name is Abraao Filho. He managed to organize the whole trip in five days. He also arranged a private transfer to Venezuela and I realized that getting it was the totally right decision. I was picked up early in the morning in Boa Vista. Abraao and his assistant did their best to help me to get through the border without long waiting in lines of Venezuelan refugees. I am a Russian citizen so I had no problem to get there, but I was told, American citizens might have troubles due to the political situation. We picked up our guide and porter in San Francisco and drove to Paratepui. Unlike most of itineraries 5 nights 6 days plus 2 overnights in santa elena, my trip was 7 days 6 nights and it was perfectly planned. It took us 2 and half days to get to the top of Roraima. I am quite fit so walking wasnt a big problem but a backpack was. I mean 10 kg makes a huge difference,so for me getting to the base camp -the second day was the hardest. So either hire a person who will carry your things, or like me-leave everything you can in a base camp before climbing the mountain. It made a huge difference for me. My guide was Omar Gonzalez and his son Rono. Omar is an amazing person who.was a perfect guide. I speak no.Spanish and Omar speaks very little English but I had no problems with communicating with them. I read that people often complain about a lack of food, but Omar organized everything perfectly so the food was more than enough with freshly baked pancakes and corn bread every morning. I was a single female traveller but I felt extremly safe travelling with this gentleman and his son. Now,you have to be fit to climb Roraima. You have to be fit to walk on the top. The final cut of the way up is dangerous and requires strength and balance( i am not talking about stamina). Take more clothes. It is not only cold upthere but it is constantly raining. The shoes are always wet,so having another dry pair is a must or you will suffer like I did. Be prepared not to shower for several days. The little flies puri puri cut out micro pieces of your skin it is.extremly itchy,so it is a good idea to.bring something antihystamine. On the way back while crossing Kukenan river I fell down and strained my ankle. I limped to the camp but I couldn't walk the next day to Paratepui. So Omar took my backpack walked all the way to the village and sent a motobike to pick me up. I was lucky to get injured next to the place where a vehicle can get to. After we arrived to San Elena where Abraao picked me up and delivered safely to Boa Vista. Getting to Roraima is a unique experience. You have to have a strong body and a strong heart. But.it is worth it.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Jaroslav Nečas wrote a review Jan 2019
Brno, Czech Republic763 contributions90 helpful votes
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Roraima trek was the best I have experienced so far. Several days outside the civilization on fresh air was exactly what I had hoped for also Gran Sabana landscape and nature is piece of a kind. Hike was of moderate difficulty, spread out to 6 days - 3 days to get to the top, 1 day on the top and 2 days to get back. All I had to carry was my backpack with my stuff and rented sleeping pad & bag. Other stuff was carried by porters. Entire tour was well organized by Kamadac Expeditions, we got English speaking guide Carla and she was great cook and very knowledgeable regarding local area and she also willingly answered any question regarding daily-life in Venezuela during current times.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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BenJay145 wrote a review Jan 2019
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I went there with my family it's great experience, hiking to the top of the mountains. If you take tents and foods can stay there and mountain top feels like a another world. Definitely you will forget to breath, it's heavenly great.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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