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Santa Elena de Uairen isn't a particularly well-known destination within Venezuela, but it does receive a few travelers, most of whom make a brief stop to see the Roraima. Generally, travelers visiting the area tend to stick to more popular destinations. If you do travel to Santa Elena de Uairen, please take some time to tell us about what you saw in this Santa Elena de Uairen travel guide.
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If you want to experience one of the most preserved, natural, and beautiful place where the world is totally different with valley of natural crystals, black small frogs, natural jacuzzis on 1000 m hight and beautiful view on the waterfalls which are falling from 500-1000 meters... this is wonderful place. "The Lost World" Arthur Konan Doyle's novel, where he wrote concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of where prehistoric animals and other extinct creatures) still survive. It was originally published in 1912. Definitely read it before going there... and you will experience not only magic of your imagination, but also the reality of its existence, I am talking about Tepui mountain place) So the best start is from Santa Elena city, which is located in Venezuella near the border of Brazil. There are tours organized by some travel companies and hopefully there are not so many travelers going there in these days, because when we were there in 2007 there were about 45-55 per year, as our guide told us. 7 days trip with backpacks, tents and food, that our guides carried. 
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We arrived in Santa Elena from Ciudad Bolivar in the morning, had to catch a public bus to the border, and share a taxi to Boa Vista bus station. There is a bank of brazil walking distance from the border that accepts foreign cards- get rid of your bolivares in Venezuela- they are worth nothing outside it. From Boa Vista we caught the 2pm bus to Bonfim, where we did border formalities again, and crossed into Lethem, Guyana. (There is no border crossing between Venezuela and Guyana- you must go via Brazil if by land.) From Lethem it is possible to catch an overnight bus all the way to Georgetown. The friendly police officers who stamp you in will direct you.- you have to search for them though! Santa Elena seemed nice although we didn't get to see much of it. It seemed to have all the facilities a backpacker needs. Apparently it is best to book Roraima trips from Santa Elena, but Angel Falls/Canaima trips from Ciudad Bolivar (the cheapest flying out of La Paragua.) Good luck.
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Stay in Hotel Michelle!

We have stayed in three different hotels in Santa Elena, ranging from very cheap (Michelle) to very expensive (Tucàn) and the best place was the cheapest. Very, very basic but clean. Next to the hotel you can recover from your Roraima trekking with lots of beer and cheap chinese food.
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