Canaima National Park Facts

Canaima National Park Facts
Canaima National Park is a 30,000 square kilometer park located in Bolivar State, Venezuela. It borders both Brazil and Guyana and is Venezuela's second largest national park. Canaima National Park was established in 1962 and in 1994 the park was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Approximately 65% of Canaima National Park is covered with tepuis, which are table top mountains believed to be millions of years old. The Pemon Indians originally lived on the park's land, which is a remote park and most visitors must arrive by small plane, on foot, or by canoe.
Interesting Canaima National Park Facts:
In 1975 Canaima National Park was expanded from one million hectares to three million hectares.
Canaima National Park is one of the world's most remote national parks.
The park's name originated from the Pemon Indians who named it Canaima, which means 'spirit of evil'.
Canaima National Park is home to two of the world's highest waterfalls which include the Angle Falls and the Kukenan. Smaller waterfalls are also found in the park.
Canaima National Park is so large it is considered to be one of the largest in the world.
There are five endangered species living in and protected by Canaima National Park. These species include the giant armadillo, the ocelot, the giant river otter, the giant anteater, and the jaguar.
Other species found in Canaima National Park include the cougar, Linnaeus's two-toed sloth, white-faced saki, brown-backed bearded saki, South American bushmaster, toucans, hummingbirds, dusky parrots, yellow-banded poison dart frogs, harpy eagles, red-shouldered macaws, roraima mice, and the Tyleria mouse opossum.
The easiest tepuis to climb in Canaima National Park is the Monte Roraima.
Visitors to Canaima National Park can enjoy mountain climbing, backpacking, trekking, exploring the jungle, sky diving and cliff jumping, camping, hiking, and river exploration.
Many of the waterfalls in Canaima National Park can be visited by tourists. It is possible to walk through or stand behind water curtains at many of the waterfalls.
The rainy season in Canaima National Park lasts from May to November. Seeing the waterfalls is best done during this time as they are not all as magnificent from December to April, which is the dry season.
Angel Falls, located in Canaima National Park, is only reachable by airplane, followed by boat, then on foot.
Most tours at Canaima National Park are led by the Pemon Indians, who have lived in the area for many centuries and know the landscape closely.
Visitors can rent a hammock to spend the night at Canaima National Park.
There are at least 100 species of birds found in Canaima National Park. Of these 100 bird species, 29 are known to exist nowhere else.
One third of the plants found at Canaima National Park are not found anywhere else in the world.
In the western region of Canaima National Park are several tourist attractions including the Kavac Indian Village, the Auyantepuy, Mayupa Rapids, Yuri Falls Caroni River, Angel Falls and Kukenan Falls.
In the Eastern region of Canaima National Park are several tourist attractions including El Danto Falls, Toroncito Ravine, Karuay Falls, and Kamoiran Rapids.

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