We leave Santa Elena by jeep and drive for about 2 to 3 hours to reach Pareitepuy which is our starting point for the hike. After registration at the indian chiefs house and Inparques (National Park Office) we will hike for about 4 to 5 hours to get to the Kukenan river. There is 2 refreshing river crossings and some 30 minutes of stronger uphill walking. The river crossing at Kukenan river depends on the water level and can be dangerous! The rocks are extremely slippery. If the weather and sight are good we will enjoy the views of Mount Roraima, Kukenan and many other tepuys that form the Guyana shield along the way. The terrain is open savannah mainly. Dinner at the campsite.
Just after breakfast a long uphill walk starts. According to the season we might hike across complete fields with thousands of orchids. There is 2 hours of good uphill and another 2 to 4 hours of hiking today before we reach the base camp with running water coming from the top of ” the ever fruitful mother of the streams – Roraima”. The indian name is adequate as Mothers water feeds the Amazon,Orinoco and the Essequibo, the 3 biggest streams in South America!
We slept just at the outside of a thick and lush belt of humid cloud forest that surrounds the tepuy. After breakfast it will take us about 2 hours to cross this thick and beautiful jungle with many neo tropical plants such as bromeliads, tree ferns and helicons; another 2 hours of ascent along the ramp on big rocks to reach the top of the plateau, some might think they have just landed on the moon, exhausted but what a surprise ! Lunch at campsite and in the afternoon time for an exploration stroll on this island in time.
The plateau of Roraima is around 70 skm big, you could spend weeks on top of it. Strange formed rock formations, bizarre, flesh eating endemic plants (drosseras) and black dinosaur looking frogs, after breakfast we will find our way through this labyrinth of black lichen tainted rocks and hike for the whole day. We will reach the valley of the crystals, the obelisk monument Triple point (border of Venezuela – Brazil Guyana), no passport required there ! and will hike on to ” el Pozo” , a natural water pit with a small cave system below it, , oh and if you see a monkey eating an ice cream, an over dimensional piano or smoking camel, things like that are normal here, remember we are on the moon of some other galaxy. Truly Fantastic ! Around 8 hours of walking, lunch on the way, dinner in the camp.
Time for some last photographs of the plants and views and then we start hiking down, saying good-bye to the giant flying turtle and all the othe r strange impressions. We will hike to Rio Tek (around 6 to 8 hours), mostly strong down hill, A refreshing swim in the cool river will be a supreme reward after the days long trek. Lunch on the way and dinner will be at the camp.
After breakfast it is still some 3 to 4 hours back to Pareitepuy where cold beers and icy refreshments await us, also be aware, the people of Inparques will check everybody for crystals and other stuff you are not supposed to pick up or collect on the mountain. Our jeeps will drive you back to Santa Elena.
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
· All meals except breakfast Day 1 and dinner on Day 6
· All camping and cooking gear.
· English speaking native tour guides
· Daily guided excursions
· Trip insurance – mandatory
· National Park fee, US$15 per person
Suggested Items to bring along
Hiking boots and socks
Hiking shoes + River shoes + sandals with good tread and closed toes
Light cotton trousers, shorts, tee shirts, long-sleeved shirt
Rain protection (poncho) + Head protection – baseball cap, hat or scarf
Bathing suit + Microfiber fast drying towel
Sun protection / sun block + insect repellent
Small flash light and spare batteries (ideally a “free hands” head torch lamp)
Small backpack for daily essentials + plastic bag for wet clothes
Camera + memory cards and a spare battery.
Phone and Camera charger (110V for Venezuela)
Phone + Whatsapp application (add our number +584143104491 beforehand)
Cash money (at least US$ 50 per person for every 2-3 days of travelling)