The Roraima ‘monuments’
Maverick Rock is Roraima’s highest point, so called because it looks like a Ford Maverick car. There are hundreds of quartz crystals littered over the ground in the ‘Crystal Valley’, while ‘the Pit’ is a deep natural pool of crystalline water where only the bravest dare to swim.
Tepuis are the oldest exposed formations on the planet. Plateaus more than a billion years old that tower over the rainforest, many of them over a thousand metres high, and usually made up of sheer vertical sides and flat tops. The Roraima, located in the La Gran Sabana, the eastern sector of Canaima National Park, is one of the few tepuis that can be reached on foot, and is the highest in this Venezuelan park. Thanks to its specific location, it’s one of the wettest regions on the planet, with rain falling almost every day of the year. The sides have been scarred by several rivers and dozens of waterfalls sprout from the vertiginous cliffs.
A landmark on the summit of the mountain is the ‘triple point’, marking the border between Brazil, Venezuela and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. Spread out below is the plateau, a 31-square-kilometre platform of natural pools and rocky formations.