A wide open grassland that seems suspended from endless sky, the Gran Sabana invites poetic description. Scores of waterfalls appear at every turn, and tepuis, the savanna’s trademark table mountains, sweep across the horizon, their mesas both haunting and majestic. More than 100 of these plateaus dot the vast region from the Colombian border in the west to Guyana and Brazil in the east, but most are here in the Gran Sabana. One of the tepuis, Roraima, can be climbed and it's an extraordinary natural adventure.
The largest town is isolated little Santa Elena de Uairén, close to the Brazilian border. The rest of the sparsely populated region is inhabited mostly by the 30,000 indigenous Pemón people, who live traditional lifestyles in nearly 300 scattered villages.