The park’s most remarkable natural feature is the Huanchaca plateau (or the Caparú Plateau), a vast sandstone meseta (plateau) rising 500m above the surrounding rainforest to an elevated plain of grasslands and dry cerrado woodlands, from where spectacular waterfalls plunge down the sheer escarpment into the park’s rivers. This isolated plateau covers over seven thousand square kilometres, just under half the park, and inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World – at least according to Colonel Percy Harrison Faucett, the legendary British explorer who was the first European to see the plateau when he came here in 1910 while demarcating Bolivia’s borders, and who later described the landscape to Conan Doyle in London.

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