Kaieteur Falls

Trip Start May 15, 2006
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Trip End May 24, 2006


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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Kaieteur Falls today--Amazon River Basin, about 3 degrees north of equator. A LITTLE BIT sunburned despite diligent reapplications of sunscreen and wearing my now very sad straw hat. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIGHT after we touched down on the little airstrip in our Trans Guyana Airlines one-prop plane and began our hike to the Falls, I heard a familiar noise--PARROTS!!!!!!! Malcolm, our pilot/nature guide exclaimed, "What was THAT?" but I had already spotted them--a mated pair of large macaws "buzzing" the airstrip. I believe I saw blue and gold macaws but Malcolm said they were "blue and red", which I had never heard of. Because they call hawkheads "red fan parrots" here, I wonder if it is called something else in US. WHAT an excitement--esp. because Malcolm had advised me (and I already knew) that we probably wouldn't see any parrots because it was midday. What a wonder--I took probably a hundred photos there and a couple of moving images of the Falls--Oh My God! The pictures won't do it justice and several of us want to come back and spend the night in the guest house back in the forest around the Falls on a subsequent trip. Oh, also saw beautiful huge blue Morpho butterfly twice and heard lots of activity under several "bush islands". Also saw golden dart-poison frogs living in the HUGE tank bromeliads. I was in HOG HEAVEN!

Trying to arrange river boat trip to Amerindian village--keep fingers crossed. Still to see Mercy private hospital to compare with the public hospitals. Very abject poverty--passed four minor boys asleep on park bench this morning on way to Post Office--same boys I gave PB crackers to the night before. Feral dogs everywhere in poor shape and obviously unneutered. SIGH. Georgetown is charming in many ways but not so in many others. THE FALLS, ON THE OTHER HAND.....
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