- Posted April 27, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The world's best national parks
Peaks and Falls
It's one thing for a national to recognize it's own beauty by setting aside a few swaths of land as a national park. It is, however, a completely different story when that park is heralded by UNESCO for having outstanding natural importance to the common heritage of humanity.
Canaima National Park, located in south-eastern Venezuela, is just such a park. Littered with otherworldly table top outcroppings (tepui) this park is the place of giants. From the world's highest waterfall (Angel Falls) to inspiration for the Disney film "Up" (Roraima), Canaima National Park is what all parks should be.
Perhaps its greatest attribute is the old adage, 'It's not the destination, but the journey'. While Canaima has its major highlights, it's the trip to get there that could be the most thrilling. Native villages resting by pristine lagoons surrounded by cascading waterfalls are only the start. A couple hours in traditional dug-out canoes through wild jungles brings you to the splash zone below Angel Falls. Alternative a multi-day hike, camping a million miles from civilizations rewards you with spectacular views and a unique ecosystem on top of Roraima.
Canaima National Park is more than just some land set aside for protection. It is an experience with some of the most spectacular nature on Earth.