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Roraima Tepui: The Crack of Guacharos, Canaima National Park (Venezuela)
South America

Of all the Tepuis (especially steep plateau with vertical walls and very flat tops) that exist in the Venezuelan territory, the most popular one is Roraima, not only for being the tallest of them, but it also has a lot of points of interest and great beauty.

One of these points of interest is the "Grieta de los Guácharos" (Crack of Guácharos) a site of extraordinary beauty and an overwhelming immensity, in which a set of deep crevices are home to a colony of Guácharos (Steatornis caripensis, nocturnal bird , Which sails using echolocation in low light) where you can enjoy the sunset through the huge window, while listening to the sounds of the birds in their night frenzy.

Copyright: Jesús González
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 16962x8481
Taken: 20/04/2011
Uploaded: 13/05/2011
Updated: 10/03/2015
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Tags: roraima; tepuy; canaima; gran sabana; grieta de los guácharos; guacharo
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