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La Gran Sabana
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Owner description: This fascinating terrain consists of vast plains filled with tabletop mountains, or tepuis.
Reviewed February 25, 2012

It is much bigger then you can imagine. Lots of nature, beautiful waterfalls, great adventure!

1  Thank piciex
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

If you are looking for the best place to trek, this is the one, you can contact Mr. Abraham Saldobal, the Pemon Indian that knows the place like the palm of his hand. He will take you to the best trek routs: 1 day, 2 days or as many days you want to trek. We did 6 days, sleeoing in a tent and eatimg the best food ever. Contact his at camppemon@gmail.com. He and his family will take care of you like home!

1  Thank albertoColombia
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

And if you can take the helicopter ride, don't miss it. It was like a 3D ride in Disney. A place to go back. Not luxurious, but so unique. Many excursions to do, so pure the water... just don't forget cream and vitamin B for the mosquitos...

2  Thank shir50
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

La Gran Sabana is a large area south east of Venezuela, near Brazil.
It's a huge rocky formation eith many mountains called tepuy (tepuyes in plural), particularly interesting because of their flat top. They look like mountains cut in half from the base.
There are basically two ways to get there, by car and by plane. If you get by car you probably will be coming from Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolivar. You'll pass many small towns (Guasipati, Tumeremo, El Callao, Las Claritas), until you get to the 88 km. From there starts the way up.
The first stop should be at La Piedra de la Virgen (Mary's Rock), a big rock that somehow resembles a human figure.
I wouldn't recommend you to sleep on this street (called La Escalera, the Stairs because of its way up to la Gran Sabana), because it usually rains, and it isn't nice to wake up in the middle of the night because your tent is flooded.
Still on the Escalera Road, there is a place called el Abismo, or La Laja de la Muerte. This is a huge rock with a perfect view to the plains.
The next stop should be the monument to El soldado Pionero. After that there are many waterfalls near the road (Kaui, Kama, quebrada Pacheco, quebrada de Jaspe).
At the end of this road there is a town called Santa Elena de Uairen. You'll find 2 4-star hotels there (if you were staying in a tent for many days, that will be the best decision you'll ever make! You will more than happy to take a shower with hot water).
In the night you could go out to eat broaster chicken. This town is so close to brazil you can drive to the frontier...
If you love the adventures, you could also plan to "climb" the Roraima mountain. It takes about 3 days to get to the top and a couple to descend.
There are also more adventurous tours, always in company of a guide...
Do not forget creams or lotions against mosquito bites. During the day you'll se jejenes (small flying insects that bother a lot) and at night beware the mosquitoes!
If you stay in a tent, remember not to leave shoes outside (many animals could find it cozy and it could get pretty dangerous).
Do not lift big rocks with your hands...usually snakes take naps there.
Take canned food, lots of water, all the analgesics you can (it's not easy to find them in the middle of the forest). However in Santa Elena you' ll find anything you need...
Another nice recommendation, if you stay in a tent, watch the sky in the night. You'll se the stars in a way you haven't before!
Last, but most important, never ever leave your trash behind! Try to preserve this wonderfull place.

7  Thank Elisa1609
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

We booked a 4 day tour with Delfino Tours starting the day after we arrived in Venezuela. This basically involved driving from one side of the Gran Sabana (Ciudad Bolivar) to the other (Santa Elena). Our guide was a local man named Lennon who was a fantastic guide, driver and a gentleman to boot!

Accommodation along the way is pretty basic, including one hotel where there was no hot water and no electricity after 10pm, but everyone is accommodating and friendly. Be prepared for many meals of barbequed chicken and fries (fish if you are lucky!) at the Indian reservations along the way. Be sure to try the hot pepper sauce with fire ants as a special extra ingredient!

The Sabana itself is huge (approx 35000 km2) and to be honest there is not too much to see in some places. Trust your guide though and you will eventually see spectacular waterfalls, rivers, forests and the legendary tepuys (meaning "mountains" in the local Pemon language). Watch out for the midges in the daytime though - long trousers are essential!

A must if you are in this part of South America (and I haven't even mentioned Angel Falls).

5  Thank spikeymires
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