The Lost World
Canaima // Gran Sabana // Roraima
A unique multisport traverse
The vast and spectacular Lost World of Canaima National Park is
one of the least known natural wonders of the world. It spans over
3 million hectares from Canaima to Roraima Tepui and is host to
an unparalleled diversity of wildlife and flora. A land of intense
colour and light. Majestic rivers weave through dense unexplored
jungle, across extensive grassland and palm savannah altering course
dramatically through immense waterfalls and rapids when they meet
the legendary 'tepuis', the stone colossi millions of years old
which characterise this region.
Carved by the erosion of millions of years these unique tabletop
mountains, rise from 400m up to 2800 meters and are composed of
polychrome sandstone, quartz and agglomerates. They have flat tops
where plant life is endemic making their ecosystems totally unique;
many of the plants growing on top of the tepuis are found nowhere
else on the planet and many are endemic to a particular tepuis.
Among this diversity of plants are innumerable orchids and bromeliads
as well as carnivorous plants that trap insects.
This world belongs to the indigenous 'Pemon' Indians who still maintain
their traditional relationship as they have done for thousands of
We'll start our multi-sport east-west traverse of over 500kms on
mountain-bikes and with many rivers to cross we'll travel some of
the way using traditional canoes. We'll head up the River Carrao
and into the heart of the Auyan Tepui, where cascades the World's
longest waterfall Angel Falls.
We'll follow the Carrao further to remote Pemon villages where we'll
hike across the unexplored core of the Canaima National park for
a further week, then continue on bikes right to Roraima where we
plan to climb to the rooftop of the lost world. Travelling as light
as possible will be implicit to the projects success, we'll gather
bush foods and camp the whole way.
Our team 'Chris', who runs 'Jakera' tours and is responsible for
putting the project together, 'Was' a global adventurer from NZ,
Domingo a Venezuelan multi-sport athlete, Angel a local 'Pemon'
and Sarah and I. As far as we are aware, no one has else has taken
on a similar traverse across this remote part of the Earth.
The entire project will be captured daily through journalism and
photography in the diary section.