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Mt Roraima Expedition - Mystic Cathedral

10 Night Trip, 7 Night Trek

This version of the Mount Roraima Trek allows you a little more time on top of 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.

Hiking Tours of Brazil

Our Hiking Tours of Brazil are all basic ideas that can be tailor-made to match your requirements. Any tour can include one or more destinations, and can be purely dedicated to hiking, although some mountains may include a little climbing that is still suitable for those without much experience. We can also arrange serious climbing trips. We can also mix them with other activities such as climbing, kayaking or tandem hang-gliding flights, some regular tourism, and some nightlife. We include all that you need during your trip, the accommodation with breakfast; all airport transfers and other road journeys; any activities and excursions with English-speaking guides and relevant entrance fees; plus some popular extras. For our Hiking Tours of Brazil, you only need to bring your favourite hiking boots and regular outdoor clothing and equipment. Any parts where a little climbing is necessary will include ropes, helmets and safety harnesses. All hikes and climbs are undertaken with an experienced, qualified local guide, with activity insurance included. 
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 Makunaima option, with 3 and 5 nights on the summit respectively) can provide you with magical moments and unique experiences that make the Mount Roraima treks so special.

An extension to Angel Falls, the highest waterfall on earth, is also possible after descending from Mount Roraima. 
 


  • Destinations: Amazon - Boa Vista & Roraima
  • Duration: 10 Night Trip, 7 Night Trek
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Hiking & Trekking - Ecotourism

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
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 between the tepuis of the Pakaraima mountain chain, 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 back to the Precambrian period over 2 billion years ago. The city of Boa Vista is not quite so old though, founded only in 1890. You will have a chance in the afternoon to take a look around. Before that, in the morning you have a briefing on the Mount Roraima Trek, a check of your equipment and fitness, and a run through all the details of anything extra that you may need to buy. Temperatures from 28-35C.
Day 3 : Setting out for Roraima
Santa Elena to Paraitepuy & Rio Kukenan Camp
An early start from Boa Vista takes you 220km north to Santa Elena de Uairen, the Venezuela border town. The climb begins immediately, even on the road, with an ascent from 86m at Boa Vista to 900m in Santa Elena. After breakfast in town, you continue to Paraitepuy, another 100km into Venezuela and at an altitude of 1,300m. After a little organisation of the equipment and baggage, the trek begins after midday with a trail of 15km that takes you to the 1,100m Rio Tek campsite, around 5hrs hike into the savannah. Late afternoon brings the mounting of the camp, a chance to take photos, and some time to learn about the area. 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
Today you strike out for the summit of Mount Roraima! The trail is around 4-5hrs uphill, with plenty of breaks during the 4.5km as this is one of the most beautiful sections of the whole trek. The Amazon basin spreads out before you, with endless vistas of savannah, jungle and other tepui. There are also diverse species of orchid and small birds not found outside the region as the trail passes creeks and a waterfall. The plateau is usually reached by 2pm, giving you chance to catch your breath at 2,734m. After a short hike to the camping area, camp is mounted and the afternoon is free. Temperatures ~10C during the day; 0-5C at night.
Day 6 : Crystal Trails & Triple Frontiers
Mount Roraima Summit
There are not many 24km hikes that can take you across three countries on the top of a mountain. Today does exactly this, beginning with the Crystal Trail through the Valley of Crystals. El Foso is a mysterious pool formed in a depression on the plateau, with the waters disappearing into the mountain below. The hike is made easier as most equipment is left behind at the camp. After passing across the meeting point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, you return to the camp in the late afternoon. These will be your final moments on top of the tepui of Mt Roraima, and undoubtedly ones to take many photographs and memories away with you.
Day 7 : Relaxing on Roraima
Mount Roraima Summit
This day is designed for Roraimeiras (people who have reached the top of Mount Roraima) to relax after the long trails of the previous days and recover from any tiredness, to lie in, and to explore the trails around the campsite for yourselves. You can visit springs of crystal clear water that bubble up out of the mountain top. You can search for the species of the Roraima Summit, around 30% of which are endemic to this island in the sky. The dragonflies and their larvae in the rivers; the little frog that cannot jump; colourful orchids and many more plants. You can also enjoy the meditation of the silence that envelops Roraima...
Day 8 : 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 9 : 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 10 : 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 11 : Conquered by Mount Roraima
Boa Vista & Away
Your journey away from Boa Vista will usually take you to connect in Manaus or Brasilia either to other parts of Brazil or internationally. You may leave 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 Expedition Trek is one of many fabulous expeditions in the Boa Vista area, and they can all be combined with any other of our fantastic destinations and adventures in Brazil and South America. You will 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.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

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.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

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 highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

January - February - March - October - November - December