As I wanted to tell you about all the mystical places that exist in the world. I could not help but think of Mount Roraima which lies on the borders of Guyana, Venezuela, and Brazil and it is a monstrous slab of rock that sits there towering through the clouds.
I wanted to bring you the unconventional, and this mountain is one of them. If you are up for the challenge, you can make the trip to the top yourself. You start in Pemon Village in Paraitepui. From here you head off hiking, it is not overly hard, and the local indigenous people are more than willing to help.
It is better to have them as a tour guide as they will know the area like the back of their hand. All in your trek could take four days so it is not something you can do in the afternoon. Talking of afternoon, you are not allowed to leave after 2 pm, so it is better to have an early start. You can also only take up to 15kg of gear with you.
The highest point up the mountain is 2810 meters so the air could be a little thin if you get that high. If you find yourself here, you should take some rain protection. It tends to rain all year round, and as the surface of the mountain is pretty much flat, there is often random waterfalls that appear after a heavy shower.
When it was discovered back in 1596 by the intrepid English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, he was unfortunate not to climb it as they did not know of a route to the top. I think he would have been more amazed than he already was.
The way to get to the top or the easy way is through a forest trail that forms a natural staircase you can climb to the top. Thisis located on the Venezuela side of the mountain, and any other routes are challenging and require you to have the skills of a rock climber.
If you are interested, December to April is the best time as this falls into their dry season, or should I say drier season. If you have the chance, it is advisable to make use of a tour guide, no matter how well the path is marked. A good number of people each year get lost amidst the clouds and the fog on their way up to the summit.
Travel to the top safe and take in all those breathtaking views that are on offer for a once in a lifetime experience.
Isabella is signing off. The Kids are ready for their dinner.
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