Introducing Santa Elena de Uairén
Santa Elena is dusty town a few kilometers north of the only land-border crossing between Brazil and Venezuela. It’s higher and cooler than Boa Vista, and provides access to Venezuela’s vast and beautiful Gran Sabana. The region is dotted with waterfalls and curious flat-topped mountains called tepuis; the largest and most famous tepui is Mt Roraima, a spectacular natural monument and the spot where Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana meet.
Brazilian and Venezuelan immigration procedures are all dealt with at the border, from posts situated about 1km apart from each other. Entering Venezuela, travelers of most nationalities are supposed to have a tourist visa and yellow fever vaccination card.