The Pacaraima or Pakaraima Mountains (Portuguese: Serra Pacaraima, Spanish: Sierra Pacaraima) are the mountains of Guyana, lying in southwestern part of this country and shares borders with Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela, extending from west to east for over 800 kilometres (500 mi). Its highest peak is Mount Roraima at 2,810 metres (9,220 ft) above sea level, surrounded by cliffs 300 metres (980 ft) high.
The mountains form the divide between the Orinoco Valley to the north and the Amazon Basin to the south. They also serve as a natural boundary in the east-west direction, where they extend 250 miles to form a border marker between Brazil and southeastern Venezuela and between Brazil and west central Guyana. Numerous rivers originate in these mountains and on their way down they plunge spectacularly to form some picturesque waterfalls. A beautiful example of this is the Kaieteur Falls in Guyana.
Want to see these mountains? Here’s how!
The Pakaraima Mountain Safari (PMS), the adventure of a lifetime, entails traveling via 4*4 vehicles across Guyana’s Administrative Regions 4,8,9 and 10, starting below sea level and reaching approximately 3,800 ft above sea level. The journey takes approximately 4-5 days through unfriendly terrain, covering over 600 miles, passing more than 25 Amerindian Villages before reaching its destination, Orinduik Falls. The PMS offers some of the most beautiful geological features to be experienced in the Guiana’s. This frontier is blessed with a wide range of flora and fauna and the rich history of our indigenous people are evident throughout the regions.