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Mt Roraima Expedition - Makunaima Option

10 Night Trip, 7 Night Trek

This longest Mount Roraima Trek has five nights on the top of the tepui, with exploration of large areas of the 31sq km summit. The flat-topped tepui mountain is deep in the heart of the jungle, on the northern border with Venezuela. The trek is tough, taking you to 2,875m above sea level to camp on the plateau, with stunning views from the plateua over the Amazon Jungle at clear moments.

This Amazon Jungle Expedition Trek takes you to the top of Mount Roraima, one of the highest mountains in the country. The flat-topped tepui mountain is deep in the heart of the jungle, on the northern border with Venezuela. The trek is tough, taking you to 2,875m above sea level to camp on the plateau, with stunning views from the plateua over the Amazon Jungle at clear moments.

The Mount Roraima Three Nations Trek includes three nights of camping on the summit of the mountain, where temperatures can be far lower than you might expect from a trip to the Amazon Jungle close to the equator! There are regular departures in small groups which you can join if necessary, please contact us for details as price does depend on how many people are in the trekking group. The best idea is to contact us with your own fully formed little group, and then we can be more flexible to offer you the starting dates that you prefer. Please check fixed departure dates for more information.

This Mount Roraima Trek is a serious, multi-day trek, which requires people to be of good physical fitness and health. Amazon Expeditions are hard work, with heat and humidity a factor at lower altitudes, while much cooler temperatures are found at the top of the tepui. As long as this doesn't put you off, then any of the three options (the Three Nations option and the Mystic Cathedral option, with 3 and 4 nights on the summit respectively) can provide you with magical moments and unique experiences that make the Mount Roraima treks so special.


  • Destinations: Amazon - Boa Vista & Roraima
  • Duration: 10 Night Trip, 7 Night Trek
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Hiking & Trekking - Ecotourism
  • Best months to visit: January - February - March - October - November - December
  • Visas & Vaccinations: Brazil Tourist Visas:

    Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.

    Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.

    Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

    This tour does also visit Venezuela, which has its own immigration rules. It is the responsibility of every traveller to check their own visa and vaccine requirements, and to organise them before travel. Please contact your local Venezuela Consulate for further details. 

    Vaccinations for Brazil:

    Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic. You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is essential for the Amazon region and to enter Venezuela overland, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
    Please check our Brazil Vaccinations Page for further information.

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Arrive in Boa Vista
Manaus to Boa Vista
Your flight arrives in Boa Vista after connecting via Manaus (in most cases). Boa Vista is the state capital of Roraima, the most northerly state in Brazil which borders both Venezuela and Guyana. This small city has a population of just over 250k and sits on the banks of the Rio Branco, just 220km away from the northern border. It is also the only one of Brazil's 26 state capitals to lie in the northern hemisphere, with the equator lying 300km to the south. On arrival in the city you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is then free to enjoy Amazon cuisine and recover from the journey to the Amazon Jungle.
Day 2 : Deep in the Guyana Highlands
Boa Vista to Santa Elena de Uairen
Boa Vista lies to the south of the tepuis of the Pakaraima chain of mountains, part of the Guyana Shield which stretches across the triple frontier. The Guyana Highlands are some of the oldest geological formations on the planet, dated to the Precambrian period over 2 billion years ago. Before leaving, you have a morning briefing on the Mount Roraima Trek, a check of your equipment and fitness, and a run through details of supplies that you may need to buy. At 2pm the 220km drive north to Santa Elena de Uairen, the Venezuela border town begins the climb from 86m at Boa Vista to 900m in Santa Elena, arriving around 6pm. Temperatures from 28-35C.
Day 3 : Setting Out for Roraima
Santa Elena to Paraitepuy & Rio Kukenan Camp
After an early breakfast in town, you drive another 100km into Venezuela to Paraitepuy, at an altitude of 1,300m. After organisation of the equipment and baggage, a 5hr trail takes you 16km across the Grand Savannah, with possibile wildlife sightings of giant anteaters, to the 1,100m campsite. After crossing through three rivers on foot, including the Rio Tek and the Rio Kukenan, camp is mounted in view of the 600m waterfall on the mountain of the same name next door to Roraima. The late afternoon brings the chance to take photos of the tepui and their various falls, and some time to learn about the area from your guides. Temperatures ~25C.
Day 4 : Tropical Savannah Trekking
Rio Kukenan Camp to Mt Roraima Base Camp
Mt Roraima lies in tropical savannah, with the triple frontier between Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana up on the plateau. The most accessible way up to the peak lies within the Canaima National Park in Venezuela. Your morning begins hiking to the base of the tepui, only around 8km away but with around 70% uphill, and hot, humid conditions, the trail usually takes 4-5 hours. On arrival at the 1,850m Base Camp around 2pm, mounting the camp comes before lunch and the chance to enjoy the cool waters of streams in the area. The rest of the day leaves plenty of time to relax, take photos and enjoy the surroundings. Temperatures ~20C.
Day 5 : Topping the Tepui
Mt Roraima Base Camp to Summit
After an early breakfast in town, you drive another 100km into Venezuela to Paraitepuy, at an altitude of 1,300m. After organisation of the equipment and baggage, a 5hr trail takes you 16km across the Grand Savannah, with possibile wildlife sightings of giant anteaters, to the 1,100m campsite. After crossing through three rivers on foot, including the Rio Tek and the Rio Kukenan, camp is mounted in view of the 600m waterfall on the mountain of the same name next door to Roraima. The late afternoon brings the chance to take photos of the tepui and their various falls, and some time to learn about the area from your guides. Temperatures ~25C.
Day 6 : Crystal Trails & Triple Frontiers
Mount Roraima Summit
The Crystal Trail through the Valley of Crystals, around 4hrs out to the meeting point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, the Roraima watershed where rain could feed the Amazon, the Orinocco or the Essequibo Rivers. After 15km camp is made at the Coati shelter, with a winter garden of varying plant species. A 500m walk also takes you to the cliffs overlooking the Brazilian Amazon and Roraiminha, the smaller neighbouring tepui. The Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Reserve lies below, with the Ingarikó tribal lands as part of the fabulous scenery.
Day 7 : Lago Gladys
Mount Roraima Summit
This day around the Coati Camp is free for you to relax, unwind, conmplate the scenery and reflect a little. You can also see the reflections in the waters of the Lago Gladys summit lake if you like. A hike around the most remote corner of the mountain, the final section of the Mount Roraima summit takes around 3 hours walk from the campsite, and the same in return. The scenery along the trail is a little different to that encountered elsewhere on the mountain. Your meals in Coati, as with all the others, will be prepared by your guides, who carry all the cooking equipment and can also help with your rucksack should you require it.
Day 8 : Mysterious Mountain Pools
Mount Roraima Summit
In the morning, you take down the camp in Coati and take the trail back to the camps closest to the top of The Ramp, the only path for a non-vertical ascent of Roraima. During the trail, a stop at El Foso gives you a look at a mysterious pool formed in a depression on the plateau, with the waters disappearing into the mountain below, with no knowledge of where they might emerge. You can also enter the waters if you like, although don't expect tropical temperatures! All the waters on the top of Roraima, and tumbling down the sides of the tepui come with a refreshing character! The 15km trail should finish around 3pm.
Day 9 : Summit Hiking & Stunning Views
Mount Roraima Summit
A relaxed day of short hikes around the summit of Mt Roraima totalling around 6km, with the chance to leave rucksacks behind for the day. The highest point of the mountain is Pedra Maverick at 2,875m, with stunning panoramic views all across the Gran Sabana of Venezuela, including the trail already hiked to the base. The Jacuzzi Pools are a short hike away, before the spectacular viewpoints from the La Ventana Cliffs, stretching vertically down to the base of the tepui, with waterfalls tumbling from the top and Mt Kukenan in the distance - an unforgettable window on the vast world of the tropical savannah.
Day 10 : All Downhill from Here
Mount Roraima Summit to Base Camp & Rio Tek Camp
The time comes to return to civilisation, breaking camp in the morning on the top of Mt Roraima and hiking 4hrs down to Base Camp. After lunch and a short break you continue to the Rio Trek Camp. After around 14km of hiking mostly downhill, arrival at Rio Tek should be around 4pm. Another chance comes to take photos and take a dip before dinner. The temperatures return to a more agreeable level, the chilly, misty mountain tops are left behind and your final night on the trail can be spent enjoying the spectacular starry skies of the tropical savannah, which should be twinkling above you after sunset. Temperatures ~25C.
Day 11 : The End of the Mount Roraima Trail
Rio Tek Camp to Paraitepuy, Santa Elena & Boa Vista
The final stage of your Mt Roraima Expedition comes with the trail across the tropical savannah from Rio Tek Camp back to Paraitepuy. Around 15km of hiking before midday, when you begin the road journey back to Santa Elena de Uairen, into Brazil and down to Boa Vista. Before entering the vehicles, the park guards will perform an inspection of people and equipment to make sure that you have taken only photographs and left only footprints. Arrival back at the hotel in Boa Vista is usually around 8pm, and there you can unpack, shower, enjoy dinner and relax. Your group is sure to have many photos and memories to share before departure.
Day 12 : Conquered by Mount Roraima
Boa Vista & Away
Your journey away from Boa Vista will usually take you via Manaus or the capital Brasilia with most connections to other parts of Brazil from there. You may leave the tropical savannah of northern Brazil behind, but the memories of your trek to the top of the tepui, your photographs of Mount Roraima and the surrounding tropical savannah will likely stay with you for a lifetime. This Mt Roraima Three Nations Expedition Trek is one of many fabulous expeditions in the Boa Vista area, and they can all be combined with our other fantastic destinations across the continent. You can enjoy them all with Brazil Adventure Tours.
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* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.