Jungle walk and Angel Falls

Trip Start Sep 10, 2008
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Trip End May 24, 2009


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Flag of Venezuela  , Guayana Highlands,
Sunday, April 12, 2009

One of my dreams was to go through the jungle in a dug out canoe and go to see Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world.

Well I have managed to achieve this and it was wonderfull, breathtaking and like a dream.

I arrived in Canaima eventually after a couple of days of confusion and driving back and forth between two airports, where the plane I was due to fly on had a problem, went in a taxi (though at the time I could have been kidnapped for all I knew!) which drove at 140km an hour and swerved the potholes on the main road and stopped at the last minute at all the police checkpoints. Arrived an a 21 seater plane and left on a 6 seater plane, it was really great to see the jungle from above.

Went to some waterfalls where we could walk behind and they were so powerful that as some points you lost your breath and could hardly see where you were walking, pretty amazing though as after we walked along the top of it and could see the thrust of the water going down it.

To get to Angel Falls is a 4 hour boat road down the river in a dug out Canoe where there is only about 1 inch of wood between you and the water. We then had a trek through the jungle and view the famous waterfalls for ourselves - wow it was amazing. You can swim in the part underneath it as it isnt at its height and therfore the water is a bit less than in the rainy season, pretty cold though. The trek back through the jungle to our camp for the night where we get to sleep in hamnmocks with mosquito nets on out in the open. Very fortunate that there was also a full moon so lit everything up nice and brightly for us, also saw glow worms in the jungle as I went for a walk with a couple of the others at night.

Also managed to get myself some local admirers which was an interesting one to get out of as 4 of them took a real shine to me.......suspect it is my british passport again, and not necessarily my wit, humour and charm!

Venezuela has to be one of the most expensive places I have been.

The police, national guards and military just walk the strets with massive guns and pistols in their pockets, all a bit daunting really.

Lots of love Tracey xxx
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