Monday, December 23, 2013

Canaima National Park

Canaima National Park in south-eastern Venezuela is famous for its special even unique landscape of "tepui" formations. "Tepui" is a table-top mountain found in this area, characterized by the sheet cliffs and waterfalls. The postcard shown above depicts a nice view of Kukenán-tepui at sunrise. The view on the top of Kukenán-tepui has been a source of inspiration for the Disney animated film Up.

Auyán-tepui is the most visited tepui inside the national park because of the Angel Falls which drops from a cleft near the summit. An Indian village "Kavac" is located at the foot of the Auyán-tepui and the traditional house is called "churuata". A nice postcard shows the dawn in the Kavac community.

Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world, with a height of 979 m. It is not easy to arrive in this area, as the fact that the most beautiful views are always located in those hard-to-reach places. Just talked with a friend back from Venezuela, he told me  he finally saw the amazing fall after a long journey by plane, by canoe and then by foot.

The last card shows another special landscape in the eastern park of the national park: the Jasper formations. Jasper is the name of a river and some cascades and waterfalls in Venezuela based on the fact that the water flows over a smooth bedrock of mostly read and black jasper. In 1994, the Canaima National Park was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Many thanks to my friend Luis for these wonderful postcards! :)