Canaima National Park was established on June 12, 1962 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. It is the gateway to Angel Falls. Although other waterfalls and lagoons can be visited from the Canaima camp, the main reason why tourists fly here is for the three days and two nights of travel to the Angel Falls base.
Canaima has a very varied fauna, which is distributed throughout the park according to multiple environmental factors such as height and type of vegetation. There are more than 300 endemic species in terms of flora only in La Gran Sabana. You can witness spectacular tepuyes (mountainous tablecloths), waterfalls and moriche palm trees. Angel Falls is located on the side of the largest tepui of Venezuela known as Auyantepui.
The area is full of pastures, with a bit of dense jungle along the course of the rivers and at the base of the numerous tepuyes or flat-topped mountains. The Angel Falls is on the side of the largest tepui of Venezuela known as Auyan-tepui.
The Angel Falls is deep inside the National Park. The waterfalls are about 5 hours walk in a canoe upstream of the town of Canaima. Most of the park's attractions can only be visited with a guided tour of Canaima. These can be booked from outside Venezuela, from Caracas, or from Ciudad Bolívar, but prices are much more competitive in Ciudad Bolívar. Most of the tours that take you to the foot of the falls are two nights (one in Canaima, one to the falls) and three days, and all three of the following elements are combined (and also include food and transportation). Alternatively, you can hire shorter excursions just to go to Angel Falls and vice versa.