Canaima Travel Guide, Venezuela
Canaima, Venezuela – Overview: Where Nature Breathes Its “Dawns Divine”
Many consider Canaima to be one of the most beautiful places in Venezuela. The city has a heritage park and innumerable lagoons, which pleasantly fill its area. Silvery stretches of sand and turquoise water makes Canaima, the land of many falls, an impressive place. Of course, for most of the tourists, the beauty of Canaima lies in the Angel falls. Canaima national park is another one of its rarities that make this region a delight for everyone.
Canaima is located in the northwestern part of Guianan Shield and on the eastern side of Venezuela. To its north, flows the Orinoco River. Orinoco River influences the weather of the city.
With colossal savanna and Orinoco River around, the climate is temperate and can get really freezing at sub-zero during winter nights. Annual temperature of Canaima is 24.5 degrees. The northwestern section of the city suffers dryness. Precipitation is steady in other parts, being 2,600 mm on an average.
The city of Canaima is very sparsely populated with a people density nearing a person per square kilometer. Pemon tribe is in majority. In fact, the people were completely backwoodsmen and were more or less cut from urbanization for pretty long. This has made Canaima a very new entrant into the folds of modernity.
Economy of Canaima is centered on tourism, which was made effective owing to the National Park and Angel Falls. Both draw an avalanche of crowd. When the Angel dances in its prime, it makes way for one of the most stunning scenes on earth. Similarly, the flora and fauna on display is among the largest a national park can offer.
Canaima has its own airport and Venezuela Airlines operate through it connecting the place to Caracas. Transportation is not much of an issue and many indigenous modes of transport are on offer for a tourist. Walking, driving, taxis and other choice of traveling also create many options for tourists. It takes four hours from Merida to reach Barinas and then from there, the buses ply frequently to Canaima.
Local inhabitants, largely the Carib tribe of Amarindia, are responsible for turning the land of Canaima into grassland. Frequent burning practices have resulted in such a turnaround. These locals mark the cultural spread of the city.
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