Mount Roraima: A Floating Island Shrouded in Mystery
Hiking is a great way to explore nature, get exercise, spend time with friends, and … travel back in time?
Even for the most seasoned of explorers, Mount Roraima, a plateaued mountain about 1,300 feet high, located where Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana converge, might prove to be an experience far beyond the typical.
Mount Roraima National Park, also known as “Monte Roraima” and the “floating island of Venezuela,” is different than the usual hiking trail or even the usual mountain. Its remote location, mixed with the mysterious air of untouched territory and indigenous folklore, make it an adventure that promises much more than many who climb it bargained for.
Mount Roraima History
Before European conquistadores arrived in South America, indigenous populations revered Mount Roraima as a regional symbol, referring to it as the “axis mundi,” a tree where all the world’s fruits and vegetables grow. It was a peaceful and tranquil place, protected by the Macuxi people.
However, over time, the arrival of foreigners in search of El Dorado and landscapes steeped with gold meant that the purity of Mount Roraima would not remain intact forever.
Later, the arrival of miners marked a change in the environment of Mount Roraima, with alcohol, violence, prostitution, and venereal disease infecting the area. High-pressure water hoses blasted open the land in search of treasure left pools of water, which bred disease. The Macuxi thought they would be able to peacefully coexist and work together with the miners, but this turned out not to be the case.
The trend continued into the present day.
The Brazilian government sought to build dams, roads, and form a municipal government over the territory, claiming those in the region wanted the same infrastructures as the rest of the country. However, the Macuxi stood their ground against the changes, blocking construction and impeding the development where possible.
For the time being, the dam project has been abandoned, with the governor citing the expense to reach the remote location as the primary reason for leaving it behind, not the Macuxi resistance.
Flora and Fauna Discoveries
Mount Roraima has drawn the attention of not only treasure-seeking miners but also famous authors intrigued by the untouched swaths of lands. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in his 1912 novel The Lost World, described an ascent of Mount Roraima, with the characters in the story discovering extinct creatures were still living on the remote plateaus.
In the Pixar film Up, the “Paradise Falls” are also said to have been based on the dramatic waterfalls found in the area.
While they have eroded over time, the tepuis, or “house of the gods” in Pemón, seem to have been aptly named, given the intimidating structure that may deter even the most intrepid of climbers.
Although the tepuis have been climbed, only a few have been extensively explored. Some posit this isolation and lack of exploration could mean some species believed to be extinct may actually still be alive and well on Mount Roraima. The flora and fauna of Mount Roraima is unique, including pitcher plants, Bellflower, and Rapatea Heather.
Ancient Indian Legends
Long before tourists hiked up Mount Roraima, the ancient Indians living near there viewed it with a special mythical significance. The Pemón Indians saw it as an integral part of world history. The great tree that bore all the fruits and crops was “felled by one of their ancestors, the tree crashed to the ground, unleashing a terrible flood.”
According to the myth, Mount Roraima is the remaining trunk left after the flood, and the rivers flowing therein are the territory of those peoples. The Pemón also believed anyone who climbed to the top of the tepuis would not come back alive.
To this day, the indigenous people living near Mount Roraima give reverence to this great mountain and its history.
The ancient Indians of the area are not the only ones who believe in the power and mystery of Mount Roraima.
Beyond the intriguing plant life and legends around Mount Roraima, it is also known for its high frequency of UFO sightings nearby and atop the plateaus. Tourists have reported seeing strange twirling lights hovering above or between Mount Roraima and Kukenaam, another nearby tepui.
The Gran Sabana region is indeed a hotspot for UFO sightings, with some mystic tour companies popping up in the area promising to show tourists the paranormal side of Mount Roraima.
As curious as it may seem, this isn’t entirely out of the ordinary. Ancient sites all over the globe seem to attract UFO sightings, from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, to ancient Egypt.
Most people who dare to scale Mount Roraima report having some kind of strange experience, be it feelings or things they sense while exploring the area.
Some tourists report experiencing altered states or intense feelings of reverie, promiscuity, or bizarre dreams involving aliens, which some posit could be due to its location in a high-energy zone, similar to Stonehenge or the Bermuda triangle.
Even some skeptics seem to be convinced of the power of Mount Roraima after exploring it.
For those willing to go beyond the typical adventure of hiking remote mountains, Mount Roraima offers plenty to explore.
From its deeply rooted indigenous culture and myths to flora and fauna unmarred by modern human destruction to myths and legends, and present-day reports of strange activity atop the grand plateau, Mount Roraima leaves its explorers with more questions than it does answers.
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Puerta de Hayu Marca: The Gate of the Gods
In the mountains of Peru stands a gateway shrouded in mystery and attributed with capabilities of mythic proportions. Many ancient sites on Earth are believed to hold special powers and emit unique frequencies of energy, lights, or sounds that otherwise seem impossible. Others hold stories of people, cities, and even entire ships vanishing without leaving a trace.
Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, the Gate of the Sun in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, and many others have caused even scientists to scratch their heads. Could these regions actually be portals to other dimensions, doorways know as stargates, through which humans, as well as gods, pass to and from this world to the next?
The City of the Gods
The City of the Gods, high in the mountains of Peru, is home to one of these suspected stargates. Due to rocky mountain terrain and protection from the Peruvian government as an ancient archeological site, it has gone vastly unexplored. Researchers still aren’t certain whether or not this area actually contained a settlement, but the rock formations bear an interesting resemblance to dwellings and structures.
The Gate of the Gods was discovered in 1996 by Jose Luis Delgado Mamani, a local tour guide who came upon the place as he hiked through the local foothills to familiarize himself with the area. As he approached the massive gateway, nestled into the rock formation, he was overcome with recognition — he had seen this very gateway before in his dreams. For years, a pink marble gateway with a smaller inset door from which emanated a mysterious blue light had presented itself to him while he slept, and the moment of discovery overwhelmed him almost to the point of fainting. Could this be just a fantastic coincidence?