The Cuquenan Tepui of Venezuela
Mount Cuquenan (or Kekenan) is one of many isolated mesas (called tepuis) that occur throughout south-central and southeastern Venezuela. Atop some of these tepuis are a few natural arches, but the Cuquenan tepui is unique in harboring literally thousands of small but intricate and unusual sandstone arch formations that could be seen stretching nonstop off into the distance. In one location there were over 150 arches and windows in a 300 meter by 200 meter area. Located near the border with Brazil and Guyana, the Cuquenan tepui (sometimes known as Metawi-tepui) stands about 4,000 feet above the surrounding plain, and is flanked on all sides by 1,000 to 2,000-foot cliffs. Due partly to the treacherous terrain and partly due to unique indigenous life forms, access is closed except by special research permit. Photos (copyright retained) by Richard D. Fisher (www.canyonsworldwide.org). Scroll down for 6 more photos.