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"SANTA ELENA DE UAIREN: TEPUYS" Venezuela Things to Do Tip by swesn

Venezuela Things to Do: 187 reviews and 278 photos

The 'tepuys' of La Gran Sabana are stupendously awesome. They are formed millions and millions of years ago. In fact, this area is probably the same sort of land (not much eroded, not much created) from the Pangaea days when South America was connected to Africa like a jigsaw puzzle.

This is the mystical area that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got inspired and wrote 'The Lost World'.

The 'tepuys' are amazing geological and biological wonders. As they are table mountains with very steep vertical edges, many are unexplored yet.

Roraimi is the highest and it is possible to organise treks here from Santa Elena. Make sure you attempt this only if you are very fit.

I read that the surface area of Auyntepui or 'Devil's Mountain' is like 700 sq km in area... that's larger in size than my country Singapore.

Because of their extreme age and isolation, the 'tepuys' host a huge number of endemic species of flora and fauna.

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  • Written Oct 20, 2007
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