Towering Tepuis inspires “Avatar”

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Ever wondered where the inspiration behind the planet of Pandora, from the movie Avatar, or the scenery in the movie “Up”, came from?  Well, despite our passion for celebrating everything Latin American, we were thrilled to learn that the tepui’s of Venezuela inspired the vision for what really appeared to be out of this world in both movie blockbusters.

Angel Falls

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Scene from Avatar

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For those with a need for “more info, please” a tepui is a table-top mountain found in the Guiana Highlands of South America, in particular, in Venezuela and Guyana. The word tepui means “house of the gods” in the native tongue of the Pemon, the indigenous people of the Gran Sabana (Wikipedia 2017).

Mount Roraima is one of the most popular tepui’s and luckily for us humans it’s accessible for travellers, so if you are looking for your next adventure, add this place to your list. Mount Roraima is actually one of the oldest mountain formations on Earth, and is essentially a natural border between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.  Prepare to be blown away with the following images.

 

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