April 23, 2007 | Pulitzer Center Donate Now Donate Many of the people who live around Gorongosa believe that Gorongosa Mountain is a spiritual place. The top of Gorongosa Mountain, Gogogo Peak, stands in the distance over the high plateau. Gorongosa Mountain. Black and White wrapping around the waist of Regulo, or Chief, Eugenio Almieda is part of a traditional ritual for the cleansing of visitors to Mount Gorongosa. The people of Canda, who live next to Gorongosa Mountain, bless the Carr Foundation project and the first tourists to hike up officialy with the foundation team. Hot air from the Indian Ocean hits Gorongosa Mountain, forming clouds year-round. Gorongosa Mountain sits just outside the park's borders. It is considered sacred to many locals, and is the heart of the park's ecosystem.