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Auyan Tepui: A Travel Guide to the "Devil's Mountain"
Auyan Tepui, or Devil's Mountain, is one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders. It is also one of Venezuela's most visited locations and can be found in Canaima National Park, some distance from (but still within reach of) a collection of good hostels in Venezuela.
The Canaima National Park is located in a remote area of the Gran Sabana region of the South American country and will require a good few days set aside by travelers staying in hostels in Venezuela to get the most out of the trip. Auyan Tepui is one of two popular table-top mountains that are frequented by foreign visitors so, depending on your budget, timescale and resources, there are a number of alternative journeys that can be made. Many choose to take the long, slow trip down the Carrao River, which takes up to three hours in a boat before a further flurry of hikes to get to the mountain itself. Other visitors opt to get to Auyan Tepui by plane, which is by far the more spectacular option.
The other peak, Mount Roraima is considered the more tourist-friendly because it is easier to traverse than Auyan Tepui. However, the latter is far and away the more exciting of the two famed peaks. Views from the top of the mountain stretch into the distance over vast swathes of Venezuelan jungle and lush open spaces. Meanwhile, a multitude of treasures are awaiting tourists at the base of Auyan Tepui. One of the country’s most enduring spectacles is Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall. It drops from a height of 978 meters from somewhere near the top of Auyan Tepui before meeting its first interruption lower down the sheer rock face. At the bottom of Angel Falls, the water cascades over a series of rocks into a small pool suitable for swimming. The idyllic serenity of the area is also complemented by the multitude of rare wildlife that can be found at Auyan Tepui, including pumas, jaguars, armadillos and poison-arrow frogs.
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Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers.com Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Venezuela, he checked out a variety of the country's budget accommodation, including a number of hostels in Venezuela.
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