Canaima and the Orinoco Delta

In Parque Nacional Canaima, one of the largest national parks in the world, you'll find the spectacular Angel Falls, the highest in the world, and the mysterious “Lost World” of Roraima (described under South to Brazil). Canaima is the tourist centre for the park, but indigenous communities are now accepting tourists. The historic Ciudad Bolívar on the Río Orinoco is a good starting place for the superb landscapes further south. Further east, beyond the industrial city of Ciudad Guayana, the Orinoco Delta is developing as a tourist destination.

Guayana, south of the Orinoco River, constitutes half of Venezuela, comprising rounded forested hills and narrow valleys, rising to ancient flat-topped tablelands on the borders of Brazil. These savannahs interspersed with semi-deciduous forest are sparsely populated. So far, communications have been the main difficulty, but a road that leads to Manaus has now been opened to Santa Elena de Uairén on the Brazilian frontier . The area is Venezuela's largest gold and diamond source, but its immense reserves of iron ore, manganese and bauxite are of far greater economic importance.

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