Trip to Los Llanos - Day 3

Trip Start Nov 08, 2008
Trip End Feb 07, 2009

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Flag of Venezuela  , Andes,
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Breakfast at 8am (8.30am) as before and we are shown our horses. Mine is a small aptly named Conejito (Bunny) who likes to be in front.  Alexanders (we will call him Baileys, I cant remember the cream liquer name) is scared of mine and breaks into a disrhythmic trot. Not so good for Alexander! Birgitte is a rider and takes off into a gallop which the others copy. Richard has not ridden before and probably wont after this! I can do a comfy rising trot but Ive forgotten how to gallop or something is different about Western riding that I cant get a rhythm. Ah well, you miss the scenery, birds, termite hills and branches in the face if going too fast!

During siesta time Birgitte and Eric decide to wash one of the dogs belonging to the camp. Its not going to get rid of the ticks though!

After lunch we went on safari by jeep where we saw an anteater. They are huge animals, with a massive bushy black tails and very long noses. We drove further to a bridge where a guy in a neighbouring camp saw an anaconda. Ramón donned his wellies and poked around this pool amongst the lillies to look for movement. After 10 minutes he runs to the other side and catches the snake by the tail! Its a small anaconda, he says (2 meter plus still). Its big enough for me. The others get close to take photos (at least Alexander is safe!).  Richard thought he was 'zoomed in' on the snake but didnt realise exactly how close he was to being struck!
We got back in the jeep and drove to a fishing spot nearby. We were going to catch pirania with a hook and line as Ramón had yesterday. I thought of Urs and his encounter with a pirania and had no wish to become dinner for it! The bait was put on my hook and I cast out. Something tugged so I pulled it in so fast and landed a medium sized piriania! Thats my dinner tonight sorted, I thought! Jim, if you could see me now! It was quite exciting! I caught 4 or 5 in total and Ramón did the de-hooking and concussing for me (Alexander only got 2 keepers and one tiddler!). Mission accomplished, all species seen, dinner caught, we returned to the camp in time for a shower with the frog! Deep fried piriania (with head) tastes like monkfish and has a similar texture. Smaller ones were reported by Birgitet as 'muddy' and spat it out again. Mine was quite nice. When am I going to eat pirania again? I was full and we went to bed. An early start tomorrow because (apparently) teachers were going on strike due to lack of payment and would block the main bridge on out way back.
Aftr thought: I have avoided all the hype about inaguration day, but then again, this is Venezuela, not difficult!
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