The Caroni River is the second largest river in Venezuela with a length of 592 miles. Its entire length is within the Amazon Rainforest and establishes the western border for the Canaima National Park of Venezuela. The river begins from the slopes of Mount Roraima near where Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana meet. It merges with the Orinoco River close to the Orinoco Delta where the Orinoco River empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

The remote nature of the Caroni River is shown in the two aerial photos from the small four seat plane that took me to the Arekuna Camp where I stayed during my visit to the Canaima National Park. I will have a separate post on the Arekuna Camp in the future.

The view of the river from the Areduna Camp which is located within the Camaima National Park can be seen in the three photos below.

The Caroni River is mostly navigable until it is near it mouth where navigation is hindered by waterfalls. Angle falls which is the tallest waterfall in the world is located within the Canaima National Park and is located on a headstream of the Caroni River. Los Babas Waterfall is in the Caroni River close to the Areduna Camp and is an example of the waterfalls that are encountered on the Caroni River. The photos below are of Los Babas Waterfalls.

An area of petroglyphs can be seen on the rocks near the waterfalls and two photos of the petroglyphs are shown below.

Canaima National Park covers an area of almost 7.5 million acres and there are about 10,000 Pemon Indian that are residents of the park. During my stay in the park we visited a small Pemon Indian village which are shown in the photos below.

The Dust on My Shoes

The world seems to be getting smaller every year! Cities are becoming more populates and the suburbs are reaching farther into the country side but there are still places in the world that are very remote. Believe it or not there are places where there is no traffic noise, no airplanes flying overhead and the world is peaceful.

These places are typically not easy to reach but the times that I have gone in to remote locations have been worth the effort. I enjoy seeing the natural world where very little human impact can be seen. I am always amazed by plants and wildlife that exists in the world and equally amazed that most people don’t know about or care to see this part of our world. This is one of the reasons that I have a section on this website where I share my wildlife photos.

Every person has their own travel priorities. I want to see everything! I want to see the modern technological advancements, I want to see historical places, I want to experience unique cultures, I want to watch wildlife living in their environment and I want to see nature that has been virtually uninfluenced by humanity.

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