The word Tepui means “house of the gods” in the native language of “Pemon”, the indigenous people who inhabit the Gran Sabana, in northern Amazon. This term indicates table-top mountains located in the north-east side of the Amazon forest, between Venezuela and Brasil.
Tepuis are unique mountains: square-shaped, wide summit surface limited by high vertical walls. Due to strong erosion some Tepuis have the shape of huge isolated towers, up to 1000 m high.
There, many new caves were discovered in the last twenty years, supposed to be the oldest caves on Earth.
Since 1993 five expeditions were carried on by La Venta in the tepui Auyan, Chimantha and Roraima. The project is still going on with a new expedition are planned for 2013 on Auyan Tepui.

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