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Canaima National Park

Country
Venezuela
State
Bolivar
City
La Gran Sabana
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By air

There are no overland routes to the settlement of Canaima. The only access is by air. Avior and Rutaca fly to and from Ciudad Bolívar and Caracas.

Access to the Sector Occidental is by air into villages like Canaima. However, the Sector Oriental (eastern sector) has road access via the Troncal 10. The new El Dorado-Luepa road to Santa Elena de Uairen connects the east of the park with the Brazilian frontier and a branch of it reaches the small village of Kanavayen, which is close to the spectacular Aponwao Falls.

For a trip to the Falls, it is possible to charter a plane to Canaima from Caracas, Margarita Island, or Ciudad Bolivar airports, and then organize a tour of the falls on your own. In practice, the simplest thing to do is sign up for a tour that takes care of the details. If you book a tour from your home country, it will be more expensive and even booking a tour from Caracas will cost more. It is cheapest to book a tour from the airport in Ciudad Bolivar. Nearly all the Angel Falls tours operate out of this city, and their prices include the cost of a plane that flies from Ciudad Bolivar to Canaima. Expect to pay between Bs. 500,000 and 600,000 (approximately US$ 250) for a three-day, two-night tour that brings you to the falls. Most tours booked on your own from Ciudad Bolivar airport will include a fly-by of the falls on the way to Canaima camp.

Key places to visit
Angel Falls, Sapo Falls and Sapito Falls, Tepuis


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Places to Visit

Angel Falls

Angel Falls or Salto Ángel is the world's highest waterfall, dropping a total of 978m from the summit of the Auyan Tepuy, and with an 807m uninterrupted drop.It is known as Parekupa-meru by the local Pemon indians but gained the Angel name after US pilot Jimmy Angel crash-landed on the Auyan Tepuy while searching the area for gold in 1937. Instead, he found the spectacular waterfall. After 11 days of trekking, he reached Kamarata and made his find public. His plane was later recovered and can be seen in front of the airport at Ciudad Bolivar. After his death in 1956, his ashes were sprinkled over Angel Falls.Angel Falls is situated in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela. The area is filled with grasslands, with some dense jungle along the course of the rivers and at the base of the numerous tepuis, or flat-topped mountains. Angel falls is located on the side of the largest of the Venezuela's tepuis known as Auyan-tepui.There is an incredible variety of tropical wildlife in the area, including monkeys, poison arrow frogs and hundreds of species of orchids. Aside from the monkeys, mammals in the area are generally difficult to spot but include giant anteaters, armadillos, porcupines, three-toed sloths, otters, jaguars, pumas, tapirs and capybaras.

Sapo Falls and Sapito Falls

Sapo Falls (Salto El Sapo in Spanish) and Sapito Falls (Salto El Sapito meaning "Little Sapo Falls" in Spanish) are waterfalls tumbling into their own lagoon in an offshoot of the Carrao River (El Río Carrao). The larger waterfall was interesting in that it allowed us to see and feel the falls from its backside.
As a matter of fact, the trail itself passed right behind the waterfall on its way to the other side. I understand that the trail for this waterfall was thanks to the work of Tomás Bernal who apparently built this trail.     
Another interesting bit about this waterfall and its large lagoon was that the water itself had a bit of reddish color. Little did we know that this was going to be a common feature further along our Angel Falls trip. The sandy beach before both waterfalls was also a good place to chill out when we were taking a dip in the lagoon to cool off from the equatorial tropical heat.

Tepuis

Tepuis (teh-poo-ees) are the famous characteristic table-top mountains sculpted by the milliennums from the oldest rocks on Earth. The mostDownload famous Tepuis in the park are Monte Roraima, the tallest and easiest to climb, and Auyantepui, from which fall the Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. The Tepuis are sandstone and date back to a time when South America and Africa were part of a super-continent.  Originally the tops of the tepuis were joined together in a vast continuous plateau that stretched over a large part of northern South America from the Colombian Mountains into Guyana. Over the time erosion carved steep-walled valleys and crevices into the plateau leaving fragments of the plateau completely isolated. The region remains one of the most thinly settled and one of the most beautiful of all natural areas in South America

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