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Tough yet delicate flowers
Tough yet delicate flowers

On top of the lost world I found the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen in my life. Buques, mandalas, weather-beaten trees, the noise of running water, crystals sprouting, flowers blooming in the rocks, sandy and muddy winding paths, puddles and rocks full of meaning.

The fact that none of this was created by a gardener is extraordinary; it is just plants that took millions of years to adapt to a hostile weather, erosions and lack of nutrients. Some developed special techniques to resist high solar radiation without losing the humidity, and some have long and thick leaves. However, they are all fragile, unique and lovely.

Endemic Flowers
Endemic Flowers
Buque in puddles
Buque in puddles
The garden in front of the cave and the cliff, right there
The garden in front of the cave and the cliff, right there

Mount Roraima is 2.723m high and 34 km2 wide, of which I traveled 24 km2. Small islands of endemic vegetation share the summit with primal rock formations.

Vale dos Cristais covered with white quartz
Vale dos Cristais covered with white quartz
Natural pool in Vale do Arabobo
Natural pool in Vale do Arabobo
Orectanthe sceptrum
Orectanthe sceptrum

During the two days of hiking I had to restrain myself, or else I would end up with no battery in my camera (there is no power or any kind of infrastructure whatsoever); I came across different species or beautiful views all the time. I saw many on the way but did not register because I was afraid of getting lost from the group (it is a maze up there), but I got good shots and this post must have more pictures than any other here.

There was always a beautiful garden to relax
There was always a beautiful garden to relax

 

Bejaria imthurni among the crystals
Bejaria imthurni among the crystals
Drossera roraimae, small carnivorous plant
Drossera roraimae, small carnivorous plant
Epidendrum secundum, a mini orchid
Epidendrum secundum, a mini orchid

Knowing this paradise is not an easy task, the mountain puts you to the test in life-threatening situations. But this is something I will tell in details, I leave you with the upcoming story.

Running water and stegolepis guianenses, the main plant
Running water and stegolepis guianenses, the main plant

In order to reach the summit you need to hike for 3 days (14 km, 9 km and 4 km), cross rivers, climb almost 2 thousand meters (600m using both hands to help overcome the obstacles), face Passo das Lágrimas and the sudden weather changes, ask Makunaima for permission (the God of Taurepang Indians), pass through the guardians, sleep in caves and not get scared of legends or signs found along the way. Despite all this, it is worth every drop of sweat.

Stegolepis guianenses
Stegolepis guianenses
The sunset and neighbour tepui - Kukenán
The sunset and neighbour tepui – Kukenán
And then you do it all again on the way down
And then you do it all again on the way down

See more flowers from the summit of Monte Roraima:

Translated by Lúcia Maciel
English teacher
Contact: luciamaciel@territorios.com.br

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Author ro martins

Advertiser, tourism content generator, Territorios’s creator, photographer and travel guide. From the last 12 years, reports her travel experiences focusing on culture and ecotourism on her award-winning blog (Best Content Travel Blog at FITUR Madrid 2017).

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