Angel Falls

Trip Start Feb 07, 2004
Trip End Dec 15, 2005

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

It is difficult enough to sleep in busses, but I discovered it is even more difficult when your window is smashed by some flying debris from an oncoming vehicle! Shaking off the pieces of glass I made the drivers repair the window (cardboard and masking tape) before continuing on to Cuidad Bolivar.

Despite being a Friday night, we (Davide, Amando & I) didn`t find much to do in CB beyond Marinara Pizza and Cacique, but it was still an extreme chore to arise the following morning for our tour to Salto Angel (Angel Falls) - 16 times higher than Niagara Falls and the longest free fall of water in the world. After a few hours in a van with a few Spaniards, French, 2 more Italians, a Japanese and a Venezuelan, we arrived at a small town for our flight into Canaima National Park. The flight in a 6-seater something was fantastic! Though, I swear the final turn just before landing was lower and sharper than anything I´ve ever done on a motorbike!

Crossing the lagoon by motorized canoe we passed some terrific waterfalls (Hecha), but these, of course, were only the beginning...a few minutes walk and we were at Salto El Sapo, another set of waterfalls that you walk behind. The force and noise of the water is amazing, and well worth being totally drenched for!
3 more hours in the canoe, viewing spectatular tepui´s (sandstone table) we arrived at our camp. The locals put on a terrific "disco" for us with their local music and dancing before we hit the hammock for the night.

Another 1.5 hours in the canoe and we got our first glimpse of our goal. A further hour and half´s walk and we were swimming at the bottom of one of the most spectacular sites I´ve ever seen! It was an amazing experience to be out in the middle of Venezuela with water from the world`s highest waterfall dropping on your shoulders. If you can, Go!
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