Welcome to Canaima National Park!
Canaima National Park is located in Bolivar State, southern Venezuela, in the region known as the Gran Sabana. Declared a national park on 12 June, 1962, this Belgium-sized region is Venezuela's second largest park, after Parima-Tapirapecó. In 1994 Canaima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to the unique tepuis, or table-top mountains that are its most distinctive characteristic. Find a Canaima National Park hotel or other accommodation available on our site and begin planning your trip!
The park is often called "The Lost World", the name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel about an expedition to Venezuela, into a domain of prehistoric plants and animals.
Mount Roraima is the tallest tepuis in Canaima and the easiest to climb, while Auyantepui is renowned for the Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfalls. These uniquely shaped sandstone mountains hark back to an age when South America and Africa were once joined together as a massive continent. These are just some of the spectacular things to see and do in Canaima , and we offer Canaima tours to experience them.
Canaima is inhabited by the Pemon Indians, linguistically connected to the Carib group. Like many tribes worldwide, the Pemon have a deep, spiritual relationship with their land and believe that the tepuis are home to the ‘mawari' or guardian spirits of the savannah who are said to destroy the souls of the living. Instead of a normal hotel in Canaima , the more adventurous may have the opportunity to stay in one of their villages.
A few roads connect the park to towns close by; otherwise the area is far removed from civilisation. Getting around within the park is usually accomplished by foot, canoe or light plane (airstrips here were built by several Capuchin missions). A range of Canaima National Park tours with guides are there to help tourists
Thanks to its rich, yet fragile ecology and unique human culture, Canaima ranks high on the country's list of conservation priorities. Apart from its rare geographical features and wealth of biodiversity, Canaima is a protective area for nearly half of the Caroni River watershed that fuels one of the world's largest dams, the Guri hydroelectric dam, the power producer for much of Venezuelan industry.
Canaima means ‘spirit of evil', not exactly an encouraging name for tourists! Nevertheless, tourism is welcomed, though in a restricted fashion. The park's western region near Laguna de Canaima, accessible only by air, has designated sites for visitors where Canaima hotels and other accommodation, food, recreational facilities and Canaima tour guides are available. In the southeast corner of the park, there is a road that links Ciudad Bolivar to other areas.
Hotels in Canaima can be located on our very own Canaima map and then booked online. We also offer tours in Canaima National Park where our guides will help you to discover its secrets.
Canaima is a sanctuary for large populations of giant anteaters, jaguars, giant river otters, giant armadillos and ocelots, all endangered mammal species. The park's considerable area and isolation make it an ideal place to conserve tropical animal species with naturally low densities, or which are facing extinction elsewhere.
Almost half the neotropical birds that migrate in winter to South America are found here. Many dwindling species such as the American swallow-tailed kite, osprey, and broad-winged hawk can be spotted when on tour in Canaima. Nearly 100 bird species including 29 species unique to Canaima, inhabit the highlands. New species continue to be added, including harpy eagles, oil birds, seven known species of toucan and several parrot varieties such as the tepui parrotlet and fiery-shouldered parakeet. Among hummingbirds alone, Canaima is home to the peacock coquette, tepui golden-throat, rufous-breasted sabrewing and velvet-browned brilliant.
Thanks to the region's varied elevation and resultant differences in temperature and vegetation, there is an immense diversity of flora and fauna. Many of the species found here are endemic and rare. For instance, there are 9000 plant species that are not to be found elsewhere. The lowlands have tropical rainforests; the highest peaks are covered with shrubs and grasses. Possibly a third of the plant life here is unique to the region.
Already, moves are afoot to open up Venezuela's protected areas to mining. It would be worthwhile to pause and consider whether nature's riches, in the last of the world's truly wild regions, are not priceless compared to the wealth that can be mined from Canaima's earth. Many individuals and organisations dedicated to the cause of conservation are actively involved in resisting commercial interests. It is to be hoped that their efforts will bear fruit, so that Canaima's heritage will remain intact for future generations.
Parakaupa Camp is a beautiful place located 5 minutes from Canaima´s Airport. It offers the opportunity to enjoy superior service in the middle of nature.[more info]
Wakü Lodge is an expert of the Canaima area and that they dominate several languages in turn for the best understanding between the visitors and the personnel. The staff also operates many tours products in Canaima.[more info]
Tapuy Lodge offers a stunning view of the majestic tepuis "Cerro Venado" and "Cerro Kursari" from its shore. Tapuy Lodge was built with a unique style, fitting perfectly with the landscape, thus combining tradition with modern luxury.[more info]
Some tourists have had previous ventures to incredible destinations around the world, but you will easily say that this tour was the best travel experience you have ever had. With unrivalled natural beauty, friendly people and outstanding guides, this tour offers one surprise after another.[more info]
Kavac is a small town located at the foot of the flattop mountain "Auyantepui" formed by a group of Pemon cabins, canyons, waterfalls and the jungle.[more info]
This island once was home to lots of different types of orchids. Enjoy a day rafting and hiking in the park, and see vestiges of its glory.[more info]
Welcome to the lost world!
Hello and welcome from Viajes Valencia... your local connection to Canaima National Park! We know all about this park that beholds numerous plants and animals that can be found nowhere else on the globe, along with uniquely famous table-top mountains (tepuis). We are here to assist you with your travel itinerary to the famous Angel Falls and give you insider tips about the best places to stay and eat. Please let us know if you have any questions.[more]
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