OUTSIDE GUYANA - BORDER VENEZUELA
MOUNT RORAIMA
REGION 1
Santa Rosa - Moruca
Mabaruma & Shell Beach
Port Kaituma

REGION 2
Essequibo Coast - Lakes
Capoey Lake

Hot and Cold Lake
Lake Mainstay
Akawini - Pomeroon River

REGION 3
Toucan Guest House & Guyanese Heritage Museum
Timberhead Rainforest Reserve
Santa Mission
Shanklands

REGION 6
Orealla

REGION 7
Bartica & Marshall Falls
Bartica - The Monastery
Baracara Island Resort
Baganara Island Resort

REGION 8
Iwokrama
Overland Trek - Kaieteur to Orinduik
Kaiteur Falls Overland

REGION 9
Rockview Eco-Tourism Resort
Karanambo Ranch, Rupununi Savannahs

OUTSIDE GUYANA
Mount Roraima
Island Hopping in the Caribbean
Suriname
 

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Description

Mount Roraima is the highest point in Guyana, the plateau standing at 2700 m with the peak at 2810 m in Venezuela. Roraima is the tripartite border of Guyana, Venezuela and Brazil, and at the moment can only be approached from the Venezuelan side. Part of the ancient Guiana Shield, which extends into Brazil and Venezuela and was once part of Gondwanaland before tectonic activity moved apart the continents of Africa and South America, Roraima has developed unique flora which huddles for shelter in pockets on the exposed, windswept plateau. Amazing rock formations have been carved by wind and water, and the ground is uneven and rocky with frequent crystal clear pools of excruciatingly cold water (good for the circulation apparently!) There are crystal beds that contain large, individual crystals in interesting shapes, and stunning views from the top over the Gran Sabana of Venezuela, provided the cloud cover lifts. A good guide should give you the opportunity to see all of these features once on the top.

Route
Georgetown - Lethem
Lethem - Bon Fim
Bon Fim - Boa Vista
Boa Vista - Santa Elena de Uairen

Santa Elena - San Francisco

Accommodation and Food
“Casa Gladys” is very friendly, cheap and clean and attracts lots of fellow Roraima-bound people to meet up with. There is a shared kitchen for visitor use as well as laundry facilities. Left luggage is locked in a safe room and a minimal daily fee charged. We had a triple room which comprised of three single beds and an en-suite shower / toilet room which cost 3,000 bolivars per person per night. (Approx. 680 Bolivars = US $1)

The town centre has supermarkets to stock up in (although food is much cheaper if purchased in Brazil), Internet and money-changing facilities. There is a good restaurant just up the road from Casa Gladys (“Parador Turistico Venezuela Primero”) - book early as coach parties often fill the restaurant. Next door is a pizza parlour. There are many cafes around the town.
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Additional Information
The top of Roraima is cold and wet - take waterproofs and warm clothes. The savannah also gets cold at night. Biting insects are a pest in the savannah, especially Kaboura flies. Take minimal gear - it’s a pain to carry, and even if you take porters most have a 15 kg limit. Take all food that you will need for the trip (many groups hire porters to just carry the food). Good boots will protect your feet and ankles from the rocky ground - you can do it in trainers but this is not advised. Take plenty of camera film! US dollars are accepted everywhere but local curency is much more welcomed, and you may find that people will charge over the odds if paying in US (particularly in Venezuela). Knowledge of Spanish and some Portuguese would be very helpful (although we managed with “please / thank-you / yes / no” and drawings in both languages!

Useful guide-books: Lonely Planet’s: “South America on a shoestring” and “Venezuela”.

Roraima is a unique place and will provide you with an unforgettable experience - make
the effort!
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Information supplied by Sandie Tanner, November 2000