December 14, 2017

Hiking to the ‘Sleeping Giant’

The Kanuku Mountains are located in the heart of the Rupununi Savannahs in south-western Guyana. The mountains are divided by the Rupununi River into western and eastern ranges. It is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Guyana with habitats ranging from savannah, gallery forests and semi-deciduous forests in the lowlands.
One of the most notable features of the Kanuku mountain range is the ‘Sleeping Giant’ – a peak found on the range. Hikers describe the ‘Sleeping Giant’ height to be “almost 3,000ft”. Despite numerous challenges on the hike to ‘Sleeping Giant’, according to hikers, the views from the peak made them forget all their bruises and bites.
The peak’s unforgettable vistas include streams, creeks, waterfalls, beautiful flowers, “strange” trees, unique insects and a landscape view of beautiful Guyana. (Photos by Ronald Nandlall)

Breathtaking view from ‘Sleeping Giant’

Cascading waterfall along the hike up the mountain

Hammock camp on the peak

Refreshing stream of water flowing down the mountain

Stunning view of the Kanuku