Saturday, February 19, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: Tepui, Canaima National Park, Venezuela


Luis and I visited the UNESCO Heritage Site of Canaima National Park in Venezuela twice: once in the wet season and once in the dry. The experience was very different each time: the numerous waterfalls of the park were fuller and more impressive in the wet season, but we were drenched due to the near constant rainfall. The park is home to the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls (Salto Angel), but the park itself is filled with amazing topography like the towering flat-top mountains known by their indiginous name tepuis (tepuys). The tepuis are so isolated that many host species of wildlife and plants that evolved separately from other areas and are still found nowhere else on earth. This photo was taken during a four-day trip as we were traveling by canoe down one of the many rivers from one camp to another. It's hard to capture the majesty of the landscape in a photo; coming around a bend in the river and suddenly catching sight of these stone giants momentarily takes your breath away.  

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