Roraima - The Lost World
This sparsely populated region is where the three main languages of the Americas crossed with the magnificent Table Mountain of Roraima. Here we can interact with Spanish in Venezuela, Brazilian Portuguese and English of Guyana.
Several Indian legends are known about the tepuis of the Gran Sabana, most recognized as the source of all the lives.
The Mythology Pemón points to Roraima as the kingdom of Kuin Goddess "grandmother of all civilized" who gives away drinks and music to visitors.
For centuries, no one ventured up onto the plateau for fear of reprisal by the gods — but also because of reports of bizarre creatures living up there. All sorts of legends and myths developed of flying pterodactyls and a vicious race of apemen.
1596: Sir Walter Raleigh is mentioned in his book "Guiana", calling it the Crystal Mountain.
1912: Inspired by ancient stories of the Guayana Shield and studies made by Robert Schomburgk, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his book "The Lost World", where his characters capture a "pterodactyl" a winged lizard on a table mountain at the borders of three countries.
35 per cent of the species on Roraima are endemic. 70 per cent of those found on South America’s tepuis exist only on these plateaus. Other species are like living fossils, almost identical to plants and animals that are now extinct in the rest of the world. For millions of years, life has been existing completely independently on these mist-shrouded mountaintops, away from the prying eyes of civilisation. It rains almost every day on the plateau of Roraima, creating the gushing waterfalls.
The highest of the Tepuyes (table mountains) in Venezuela, is Roraima, is located 2810 meters (9.219") high on the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. Most of these mountains range from 2,000 (6500) to 2700 meters (8800 '), the Roraima is the highest of all. After having formed 1,800 million years ago, what remains today of the sandstone plateau? that has been sculpted by the sun, wind, rain, and is one of the oldest geological structures on earth, home to a variety of plants and animals. The table mountains of the park are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating from the Precambrian, about two million years. Some of the tepuis have swampy areas while others have been washed by rain almost pure sandstone.
A trip to Roraima is unlike any hiking or climbing trip anywhere else in the world.