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Climb the 'Floating Island' of Mount Roraima

Explore the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World on this trek to the high plateau. 8 days.

  • Brazil
  • August, November, December
  • Atlas Brasil Cantanhede Airport, Boa Vista (BVB)

Cross grassy savannah, lush jungle and winding rivers as you hike above the clouds to the top of Mount Roraima and views over three countries.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Experienced, English speaking guides
  • All camping equipment
  • Porters
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners plus soft drinks

Perfect for:

Travellers ready to challenge themselves in this rarely-visited part of South America.

Need To Know

Venezuela is politically unstable at the moment. However, the area you will visit on this hike is very remote, rural and far away from the troubles faced in the big cities such as Caracas. The Foreign Office travel advice online is the best place to keep an eye on the current situation.

You will need to ensure you take out a travel insurance policy that covers travel to Venezuela and also covers trekking and helicopter evacuation from the mountain in case of emergency.

You’ll need to arrive into Boa Vista in time to take the transfer to Santa Elena on day one of the trip. After your hike, you’ll return to Santa Elena before travelling back to Boa Vista the next day, a four to five-hour drive away including a border crossing. You’ll therefore need to allow plenty of time either side when booking your flights or consider staying in Boa Vista for a night either side.

For breakfast you’ll be cooked a hot meal, typically eggs, cheese, fruits and juice, with coffee or tea. Lunch will be a light, cold meal, such as sandwiches or salads with pasta, tuna or chicken. In the evenings your guide will cook a filling hot meal, typically with pasta, meat and vegetables. Plenty of snacks such as biscuits and hot chocolate will also be provided to keep your energy up.

We can cater to dietary requirements, please let us know at the time of booking.

You’ll need to bring with you-

  • Light, fast-drying clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimming costume
  • A wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking socks
  • Warm clothing for evenings and at night
  • Sleeping bag and ground mat
  • Comfortable backpack (around 60-litre capacity)
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Light trekking sandals
  • Flashlight or headtorch
  • Cash in Brazilian Reais to exchange for local currency - you will get a better exchange rate than using a debit or credit card in Venezuela

There’s a good chance that at any time of year you will have some rain in this region, and it’s usually windy at the top of the mountain. The temperature drops to around 10°C at night, and reaches up to 16-18°C on average during the day - pleasant but not hot. Being close to the equator, it doesn’t fluctuate much throughout the year. In Santa Elena, where your trip starts and ends, the weather is hotter, with temperatures of 20-30°C consistently.

April to September is the rainy season, with the highest rainfall in June and July, whilst the driest month is March.

Absolutely! You’ll be hiking with a small group of like-minded travellers and your guide. You can either choose to share a tent with another solo traveller of the same sex or take an optional upgrade to guarantee your own tent - it’s completely up to you.

There’s no need for any previous hiking experience, but it’s recommended you have a good general level of fitness. The maximum altitude you will reach and sleep at is 2,800 metres. Above 2.500 metres you may feel some slight effects such as shortness of breath when hiking, but many people will not notice anything at all at this level.

All camping equipment is provided with the exception of your sleeping bag and a ground/sleeping mat. It is recommended that you do use one of these as sleeping on the rock at the top of Mount Roraima can be quite hard and cold without one.

The only things not included on the trip are:

  • Lunch and dinner on day one in Santa Elena
  • Dinner on day seven in Santa Elena
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for your guide and porters (optional but much appreciated)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground mat
  • Personal porter (optional)
  • Single Tent (optional)

Location

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Known as ‘the floating island’, Mount Roraima straddles the border of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana, reaching 2800 metres into the sky. The vast plateau was formed when the African and American continents pulled apart and are now home to other-worldly rock formations and rare crystals, with only a few thousand climbers each year making the trek to the top. In the local indigenous language, these sacred mountains are known as ‘tepuis’, meaning ‘houses of the gods’, and were the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel ‘The Lost World’ and Pixar’s ‘Paradise Falls’.

Start point?

You’ll meet your guides at a Pousada los Pinos in the town of Santa Elena, just across the Venezuelan border. On the first day of hiking you’ll depart at 09:00 (day two of the trip).

Finish point?

Your trip ends in Santa Elena upon check out from Pousada los Pinos on day eight of the trip.

Getting there and away?

You’ll need to fly to Boa Vista, Brazil. Direct flights operate from Manaus and Brasília, although you’ll be able to fly indirect from any of the major cities in Brazil on the three main domestic airlines in Brazil - GOL, Azul and LATAM.

From Boa Vista you can take public transport across the border into Venezuela and where the trip starts, or you can choose to add on a transfer with the trekking company.

From the UK you can fly direct to Rio de Janeiro on British Airways, and to São Paulo on British Airways or LATAM. There’s a wide choice of airlines flying indirect via Europe or the USA to all major cities in Brazil.

If you have a stopover in Manaus, why not take the opportunity to jump on our short Amazon kayak expeditons.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and Relax

Today you’ll meet your guides and your fellow trekkers at in Santa Elena, just inside the Venezuelan border and stay in a pousada, a traditional guesthouse.

You can either make your own way from Boa Vista in Brazil, the closest airport, or add on a transfer (optional - additional cost).

Day 2: Start Trekking

Up bright and early for breakfast, you’ll be driven for around 90 minutes in a jeep to the starting point of the trek at Paraitepuy. Get the first sight of your destination, the rocky plateau of Roraima, in the distance.

Hike for around four hours across the grassy savannah, arriving at Camp Tök. Set up camp for the night with a backdrop of the ever-present mountain. Your guides will prepare a hot meal before you bed down for the night.

Total hiking time - four hours. Maximum altitude - 1200 metres

Day 3: River Crossings and Hiking in Jungle

After breakfast set off for basecamp, around five hours away, with plenty of breaks to catch your breath along the way.

Cross two rivers and navigate gushing waters with the help of your guides, and continue on past orchids and carnivorous plants, before stopping for lunch.

Enter the jungle and follow the path upwards to your camp for the night. Enjoy a hot meal and stretch your muscles.

Day 4: Reach the Plateau

After another breakfast, hike the steep, forest trail for around two hours to the base of Mount Roraima.

Follow the path to the top, passing unusual stone formations, including one that the locals believe to be a petrified dragon’s head.

Reach your destination, the rocky plateau of Roraima, 2800 metres above sea level and recharge over lunch as you watch waterfalls plunge down to the lush green forest below.

Explore the plateau, with it’s many smaller rocky outcrops, plants and views over three countries - Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.

Return to camp for dinner and sleep tonight on the top of a mountain.

Total hiking time – four hours. Maximum altitude - 2800 metres

Day 5: Explore the Plateau

Spend the day exploring the plateau, discovering a landscape of crystals and plunging crevasses, before taking a refreshing dip in one of the many mountain pools.

Return to camp and a hot meal, before star-gazing at a sky untouched by light pollution.

*Maximum altitude - 2800 metres

Day 6: Descend the Mountain

Wake up on the mountaintop and enjoy a final breakfast and the chance to snap any last-minute photos, before setting off on your descent.

Re-trace your steps down the mountain, through the jungle and across the rivers with a break for lunch.

Return to Camp Tök and visit a small waterfall for a refreshing dip and a panoramic view over what you’ve achieved, before returning to camp for dinner.

Day 7: The End of your Climb

After breakfast, continue the descent to Paraitepuy, around four hours away.

Enjoy lunch and a cold drink to celebrate the end of the trek, then drive back to Santa Elena and your pousada for the night.

Day 8: Your Trip Ends

Wake up and check out of your pousada.

You can either choose to make your own way back across the border to Brazil, and the town of Boa Vista where the closest airport is located, or add on a transfer (optional - additional cost).

Accommodation

In Santa Elena before and after the hike, you’ll stay at Pousada Los Pinos, a comfortable local guesthouse with ten rooms, all twin or double. All are en-suite with hot, running water.

Whilst hiking you’ll be camping on the mountain. High-quality camping equipment is provided, as well as a portable toilet, but of course, there are no washing or shower facilities other than the natural pools and waterfalls.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Single Tent Payable Before Departure
Single Tent and Room €150.00 Per Person
Airport Transfer from Boa Vista do Santa Elena Payable In Resort
Return Airport transfer from Boa Vista (based on 5 people sharing) €72.00 Per Person
Return Shared Taxi from Boa Vista city Centre €40.00 Per Person

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