Within the summit of one of the plateau’s tepuys a new fluvial cave of imposing dimensions was discovered in 2002 and it was named “Cueva Charles Brewer“ in honour of its discoverer. It is extremely difficult to access. It rises from the forest in the southeastern region of Venezuela. This cave of 23.4 kilometers in length and 110m deep, was explored later, during two expeditions that took place in 2004 and afterwards by eight more, and is worthy of attention first of all because, in spite of being developed in quartzite (silicarenite), this cave has spaces and domes whose volumes exceed hundreds of thousands of cubic meters. A classic cave that is simultaneously so voluminous and well developed to the absolute perfection such as this, has never before been found in quartzite; one reason is because it constitutes a totally new phenomenon, as well as the unusual speleothems that we named biospeleothems that were observed inside the cave.
This page is devoted to showcasing the extraordinary bushcraft and self-sufficiency skills and philosophy of Venezuelan Polymath, naturalist and explorer Charles Brewer-Carías. I would like to thank Charles for supplying me with the many brilliant photos and information included on this page and on a number of other pages on this website. Here displayed, are his multi- disciplinary skills ranging from bushcraft/jungle survival to natural history and exploration. Known as the “Humboldt of the twentieth century” and called a “popular hero” in Redmond O’Hanlon’s book, one could best describe Charles as a living archetype of the Victorian era adventurer and discoverers, in the tradition of the moustachioed great gentleman explorers like Fawcett, Livingston, Burton, and Howard Carter. Charles’s work and publications represent an interface between public interest and scientific investigation into the natural history of his beautiful country. Having led more than 200 scientific expeditions to isolated parts of the Venezuelan Guayana highlands and lived with the hunter-gatherer tribes such as the Yekuana, whose language he speaks, Charles is considered an expert on the Tepui region (table mountains) and has prodigious first-hand knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology of the Venezuelan Amazon. Charles rejects the moden tendency toward specialization when it comes to the acquisition of knowledge and is a true self-taught Polymath and generalist, viewing himself as an encyclopedist in the 19th century sense.
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