Sunday 20th April 2014
Catatumbo River to El Jaguey, Venezuela
Awoke at about 2:00am by Alan, our guide, saying “lightning time”, so we quickly slipped on our shorts and shirt and went out to see what was happening. There was a storm in the far distance and some occasional lightning, none however that you could photograph at all. Eventually around 3:00am, even this activity went away and so we went back to bed and slept until nearly 7:00am, then had breakfast and went to visit a stilt village on the lake called Congo – about 500 people live there – where they travel back and forth by boat, even quite small children are obviously used to the water. We then returned the 3 hours back across the lake (it was extremely hot) and got back into the truck and drove off again around the lake to the east then north, heading for our next destination, a hotel with hot springs. Two people left the trip today, so we now have 20 on the truck. We reached the hotel in daylight and ordered dinner and a drink. Our driver Pat, told us tonight that he was quitting the trip tomorrow after we crossed the Venezuelan/Colombian border. Someone will be replacing him shortly. After a few drinks and a chat, we went bed around 10:30pm. Today was hot in the morning (probably about 35-36C) but cooler once we reached the mountains. Tomorrow Colombia!!!