Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
Trip End Jul 09, 2012

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Flag of Venezuela  , Guayana Highlands,
Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 1
Another early start in Bolivar, up at 6:30, Breakfast and then got a taxi to the Airport, checked in and got on a small 20 seater plane down to Canaima. It took 40 minutes, we were met by our guide Tony and took a 5 minute stroll to the camp. We were given our itinerary and then given 2 hours for ourself. The camp was right beside this riverside beach with a view of a waterfall...an nice introduction to Canaima!! We chilled out, went for a swim, walked over to a powerstation and then went back for lunch at 1, which in true Venezuelan tradition was 45 minutes late!!

After lunch, we then took a boat from the river over in front of two waterfalls, we then got off the boat and trekked 40 minutes to another waterfall, which because of low rainfall allowed us to walk out on top of it and take some pictures. We then walked in behind the waterfall which was amazing. We were at the waterfall for around 1 hour and we then trekked back to the boat and made our way over to another waterfall which we went in behind and watched the sunset, which was pretty incredible!!

It was an amazing day, and the main event is coming the next day!!! Played cards with the aussies and a london girl and had another early night!! Another early start ahead!!

Day 2
The big day!! Up at 8, got breakfast and made our way up on top of the nearest waterfall, and got on a small boat. We took a 15 minute boat ride and then a 45 minute trek and then another 2 hour boat journey. Every turn we took there was another waterfall, there was some incredible scenery on the journey up. After two hours, we turned a corner and saw Salto Angel, it was incredible. We then got off the boat and took a 50 minute trek through the jungle up to the base of the falls. We then made our way down to the pool at the base of the falls, swam for about 1 hour and then made our way back down through the jungle and made our way to our camp, had dinner and watched a massive storm outside!! Played more cards that night and was in bed at 9...boring or what???

Day 3
Didn't get a wink of sleep due to some guy in the camp snoring all night, it was quite an effort by the guy, he kept 40 people awake the whole night long. Naturally he got some daggers at breakfast at the camp!! There was an amazing view of Angel Falls from the camp which in some way made up for the snoring!!  We jumped on the boat and made our way back down stream to Canaima. We got a few soakings as we made our way through the rapids but it was ok with the sun shining. We stopped off at a small waterfall that was on a tributary to the river we were on, went in for another swim and then made our way back down river. We then chilled at the main camp for a few hours, played some more cards with the Aussies and then got our flight at 1 to Bolivar. We were sitting right up the front of the plane. The plane was that small that my feet were sitting in the cockpit!! Got a few pictures in the cockpit (like big kids) when we landed so we were happy out!! Got back to the posada in Bolivar, had a few welcome beers and walked down through a festival that was going on in the town. Came back and played more cards, had some more beers and chilled out for the evening!

Day 4
Got up early and went to visit all the sights in Ciudad Bolivar, we were finished fairly soon as there is very little to do or see in the city. Booked bus tickets to Maracay and then onto Merida as we could not go by Barinas and grabbed lunch in an Arabian restaurant and got some supplies for the night bus. Chilled in the hostel and got some pictures with the Posada's Toucan and then made our way to the bus terminal for the night bus to Maracay with the Aussies.
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Sandra on

Fantastic photos looks like you are having a ball

shelly on

lovin all the pics but tommy come on have a shave will ya :)

Guys on

Absolutely beautiful pictures... wonders of creation and you two special friends enjoying it all ..am thrilled you are having this interaction with the beauty and awe of it all ...and the cheap beer and cards kept mind and body in good shape continue to enjoy!! you both deserve it

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