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Canaima

The location of Canaima National ParkAbout the park:

In the Guyana region in Venezuela, there is a very impressive National Park. 

This park is the Canaima. Characteristic for this beautiful park are the Tepuis (table-top mountains) with their enormous waterfalls.

These table-top mountains are one of the main features in the park, the mountains with their vertical walls carved by the erosion of millions of years.

The tepuis seem to emerge abruptly out of the grasslands, measuring up to 2500 meters in length.
Because of the spectacular scenery and the vast natural resources , Canaima National Park is a park to see. In the park you can see huge rapids as well as slow majestic rivers running trough the thick jungle.

Many of the rivers that cross Canaima national park are navigable throughout the whole year, others are only navigable during the raining season.
You can also walk trough the jungle on foot, but be beware of  the dangers that the park can bring.

The traditional habitants of Canaima National Park, the Pemon are still inhabiting the premise of the National Park. The Pemons are thought to be immigrated into the region some 200 years ago. Inside the park there are over 10.000 Pemons. These people are living in the park, living without any technology or whatsoever.

For the Pemons the tepuis are sacred and the are worshipped. This is why a couple of decades ago, the tribe wasn't happy with the eco tourism that was coming to the National Park. Nowadays it is more accepted, and there are even Pemons that are giving tours throughout the park.