Visit Gran Sabana and Angel Falls, Venezuela
Inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous ‘The Lost World’, the great flat-topped mountains of the Gran Sabana lie amongst nearly 12,000 square miles of protected national park, and it is easy to imagine dinosaurs surviving, cut off by sheer cliffs on each side, in their high mountain refuges.
Magnificent and surreal, the tops of these sheer mountains have completely different ecosystems to their base, such is their size. The highest, Mount Roraima, projects a flat top of 26 square miles high above the surrounding countryside and can be climbed in a strenuous eight-day trek.
It says much about this region’s remoteness that the world’s highest waterfall was only found in the 1930s, by American pilot Jimmy Angel, who crash-landed here when looking for gold.
At their best in the wet season, the falls cascade off the edge of a table mountain and thunder down into the tropical rainforest, feeding a bird-filled lagoon and Canaima National Park.
Even now there is no land access: the Angel Falls can be reached only by boat or by a spectacular light-aircraft flight.
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Accommodation choices for Gran Sabana and Angel Falls
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Gran Sabana and Angel Falls. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
This camp has an unmatchable location close to the base of the Angel Falls allowing you to see the falls at the end of the day and first thing in the morning.
Waku Lodge has the best location of all the lodges in Canaima situated right on the banks of the Canaima Lagoon with a spectacular view of the El Hacha, Golondrina and Ucaima waterfalls.
Parakaupa is only a five minute drive from the airport down a bumpy track in a peaceful setting. There are 14 rustically decorated large airy rooms with ensuite shower all with balconies and hammocks.
Ideas for experiencing Gran Sabana and Angel Falls
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Gran Sabana and Angel Falls, and which use the best local guides.
At the base of the falls trek for approx 1.5 hours up to Laime's lookout, to watch the magnificent falls dropping 979 metres above you just 200 metres away - an awesome sight.
Experience one of the most unmissable sights in Venezuela - The truly breathtaking Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, plunging 979m down a vertical cliff from Auyan tepui.