Wild frontier

Ayangaik Mountain in Guyana’s thickly forested north-west seems to belong to a different world and time

Aerial image of Ayangaik mountain, Upper Mazaruni District, Guyana. Photo by Corbis Images

The forests and mountains of Guyana’s north-west are only 150 miles from Georgetown, as the harpy eagle flies — but they can seem half a world and several centuries away. Flat-topped Ayangaik Mountain, a sandstone tepui rising from the forest canopy, looks utterly remote, but the Amerindian village of Kamarang to the south is an important centre for gold and diamond mining.