Jungles, Speed boats and the Tallest Waterfall
Trip Start Jul 02, 2006
85Trip End Mar 02, 2007
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Local night bus from Caracas to Cuadia Bolivar which arrived at 4am. Another "lowrider", potentially "pirate taxi" to the small deserted airport and more than a couple bervous moments waiting for the place to open... An hour flight on a dodgy five seater to Canaima, the small villiage which is the base for all Angel Falls trecks and only accessible by plane and it was time to treck.
Canaima itself is a postcard of a place. Set on an amazing lagoon with four spectacular waterfalls, white sanded beaches and red coloured water - superb. Jumping on a hollowed out log canoe with a four cylinder car engine stuck on the back we managed to get right in front of each of the falls and even walk behind the 30m wide Salto Hacha
Night camps both nights were exactly what you would want. Simple huts with rows of hammocks, camp fires, nothing but candle light and great travellers to chat with. Some impressively large spiders, birds that hang upside down and make the wierdest noise and amazing views.
I still can not believe that these bloke can get those canoes up those rapids, more than a few moments where I was convinced it was time to swim... It took four long hours of rapid running to get to the final camp for the hike to Angel. What an impressive falls. It takes 18 seconds for a drop of water that leaves the top to reach the bottom - 986m. I think it was one of those things where not only was the falls amazing but the effort to get there and the scenery around it made it that much more special. Deep in the jungle also gave me a chance to use some of that suture material I have carried around for the last five months, Andy, an English bloke on the tour managed a nasty lac to his knee - good chance for some jungle suturing...
Six hours back on the canoe the following day and it was over. One of the best beers i have ever had back in Caniama and now im off to Isla De Margariata for some extreme tanning and not much else. What a brilliant few days. I love being in South America, the places to see, the locals, the other travellers here all so interesting.