The Canaima National Park covers much of the Gran Sabana, a vast and remote region of lush savanna, mysterious tepuis (tabletop mountains), red lagoons and numerous waterfalls including Angel Falls, the highest on Earth.
Meanwhile, the Orinoco delta where indigenous Warao communities live and the seasonally flooded plains of Los Llanos, are home to an amazing array of wildlife including giant otters, monkeys, river dolphins and birdlife.
Although tourist infrastructure is relatively undeveloped, a trip to this little-visited country is a unique and rewarding experience.
Canaima, the region that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, is made up of lush savannah, tabletop mountains, lagoons and waterfalls, including Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall. The best way to see the falls is via a scenic flight over the 979 metre-tall stream of water.
Merida is set against the backdrop of the soaring Andes and has colonial cathedrals and quiet plazas. Nearby are traditional villages and icy glacial lagoons.
These wetlands provide amazing views and are home to the Warao people, who offer canoe trips to view the local wildlife and opportunities to experience their culture and traditional lifestyle.
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