Canaima Lagoon and the Angel Falls
Trip Start May 10, 2009
48Trip End Nov 02, 2009
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Pretty uneventful bus ride except for the subzero temperatures in the bus. We arrived at 4;30am pretty dazed and confused. "Luckily" there was a tour company just about INSIDE the bus as it stopped and whisked us away to his office to sell us a tour! It wasn't an entirely bad deal but we figured we could get a better deal at the airport where there are more agencies so off we went to the airport. Long story short we signed up for a tour for a little bit cheaper than originally offered after being given the itinerary in Spanish. Another long story short it seems it doesn't make a difference which tour you book as you all end up together anyway!
A highlight of the holiday so far was THANKFULLY being put in a different tour group than THE most annoying American you will EVER meet. There are not enough superlatives in English or Spanish or sign language to descibe this fool! We'll try over some drinks when we are back! moving along...
A genuine highlight of the holiday so far was having to go UP rapids in a traditional wooden boat (Curiara), wearing only lifejackets that look like they were salvaged from the Titanic. One was particularly bad and the entire boat all its contents and people seemed to be totally submerged for a second or two. The hilarious part is though that there is no warning or anything, bad luck for anyone who may have been taking a photo at this point. Even funnier was that after we had finished spitting out water, ringing out hair and reassembling hats and sunglasses which were knocked of our blocks with the force of the blast, as if nothing had happened, these magical little lunch packs started appearing fromthe back of the boat being passed forward. Magical becuase they consisted of ham and cheese rolls and a lunch box pack of marie biscuits (called Maria biscuits but with the same pattern and everything!), we had not had time for breakfast with all the tour booking etc and last nights supper was a twin pack of twinkies as we were still too scared to eat anything other than what we knew. Right, so now we wolf these down as if we had never seen food before, i think our fellow passengers we a bit scared of us.
Camp. Well...what can be said about camp. it had a roof and hammocks. thats what can be said about camp. Now look we defo dont mind roughing it but for the price you pay can there please be a shower or flushing toilet! HAHA! no worries to the team we all jumped into the river for a team bath and teath brushing session while the Angel falls thundered down behind us and the sun went down. The cherry on top this was the smell of the BBQ chicken awaiting us for dinner!
6am wake up shake by the guide and breakfast was served. I only picked at it, very over arepas (a very oily yet dry corn sort of pita bread) and having nightmares about that egg stew from the rafting camp! Back in the boat for 3 hours back to the main posada at the lagoon and a MASSIVE cooked lunch (are you seeing the trend yet?)
Now, its hard to say something is BETTER than the Angel Falls but after lunch was a tour around the lagoon and all its own special waterfalls (much lower but about 50 times bigger and stronger). We almost preferred these...but not quite!
Some more swimming and chilling on the lagoon beaches led to a lazy evening meal and then some beers with new friends at a local pub trying to learn the rules of Venezuelan pool!
After breakfast we sadly said good bye to a very special place and took the little Mosquito Cessna back to Ciudad Bolivar (after a very long and rather annoying wait at the airport...literally diving under a bench to avoid the american dude mentioned earlier who we saw also leaving from his tour!)
okes, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Where I stayed
Wey Tepuy Posada