In the documentary "The Mountain of Mystery" we travel to the oldest place on Earth. Here lies the largest, most intact virgin forest in the world, on the Guayana Massif, in the south of Venezuela, along the Brazilian border. Hundreds of waterfalls, torrents and fast-flowing rivers and streams are the only clearings breaking up the lush vegetation of the jungle. Among the dense green canopy they snake, crashing down from the spectacular rock formations, the sacred tepuys of the Indians, the dwelling place of the gods of the Great Savanna of Venezuela.
02:01 In the interior of this green world lost in time, live men intimately adapted to their jungle environment which, though fascinating, is full of dangers. They are the inhabitants of the jungle, who live alongside and respect the endless different life forms around them. Their culture is ancient, almost as ancient as the landscape in which it has developed.
03:33 All of them, and especially the Pemons, fear and respect the tepuys, these table mountains that seem to have been carved by mighty beings, giants of the universe like those described in their mythology. Without a doubt, the most venerated tepuy of all is the Auyan-Tepuy, "the Mountain of the Devil" in the Pemon language. They believe that up there live extraordinary beings, evil monsters and three-headed serpents. Down one of its faces crashes the Kerepakupai-Meru, also known as the Angel Falls, which is absolutely taboo for the natives.
08:36 It is the highest waterfall in the world. The accumulated rain waters of this part of the plateau crash down from a height of 972 meters, almost a kilometre. It is 17 times higher than the Niagara Falls. Flying over the Auyan-Tepuy, looking down at the walls of the Devil's Canyon, it does not surprise us that Arthur Conan Doyle should dream of dinosaurs inhabiting this lost world.