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Apr 12, 2014 - Canaima to Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuelau

Thursday 10th April 2014 Ciudad Bolivar to Canaima then by river to base of Angel Falls camp, Venezuela After breakfast we were picked up and transported to the local airport where we were all checked into 1 eighteen seater plane and 2 five seater planes (these were Cessnas). We were on one of the Cessnas and we set off to Canaima, which is the gateway to the largest national park in Venezuela. When we arrived there, we were transported on an open truck to the lodge about 5 minutes away. There was quite a deal of confusion about who was...

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Apr 9, 2014 - Boa Vista, Brazil to Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

Monday 7th April 2014 Manaus to Boa Vista, Brazil Up really early today (5:30am) to leave Manaus heading north. After breakfast in the hotel, we drove out of Manaus. There was a huge amount of traffic heading towards the city. There are many factories and work opportunities in Manaus due to it being a free trade and tax free zone in Brazil. This is definitely the road less travelled as once we had left the city, there was not much traffic at all. It is a very isolated part of Brazil, beyond the amazon and is quite difficult to reach even...

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Dec 21, 2011 - Venezuelan Money

The currency in Venezuela is the Venezuelan bolívar known as the bolívar fuerte which is actually really quite nice compared to the boring American Dollar that i'm carrying. The currency was revalued a few years ago not to peoples liking and it is a bit strange over here. The official bank rate for the US$ is $1 = 4.3 VEF but as i brought my dollars with me i get an exchange rate of $1 = 8.0 on the black market so carrying lots of dollars is financially well worth it. I've just got to try and mate my dollars last the whole time in...

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Dec 14, 2011 - Day out with Phil in the Gran Sabana

Gran Sabana – That is the name of this part of Venezuela in the south east of the country. On Monday 5th December myself and Phil (the other English Volunteer 25) went on a day trip around the Gran Sabana checking out 5 of the nearby waterfalls. The trip cost just under £30 each for the day and included a driver for the whole day. We started off at 9.30am after the local pasties with beef and chicken for breakfast. The first waterfall was really quite high but was just for photos so we very quickly took a couple of snaps as we wanted to get...

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Dec 11, 2011 - Waterfall with the guys

On the 4th December everyone from the Foundation plus a neighbour went to a nearby waterfall for a swim in the afternoon. After lunch we grabbed some beers for the 30 minute drive and drank those in the back of the jeep on the way. Manuel (the guys who works on the grounds at the foundation) was pretty hammered already so he was fun. We had a 40 minute walk to the waterfall then swam in the falls which were pretty strong before heading home to get changed and hit the town for a night out. We don’t work on Mondays so Sunday night is a...

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Dec 1, 2011 - Life On Larium

Hi guys, I’ve just finished my third night of fantasy on Larium (Anti Malaria drug). I’ve been taking the drug for over 4 weeks now and have travelled for a year before taking Larium with no issues but this time is different. I don’t feel that I’ve slept now for 3 days and not slept that well at all. For the lasy 3 days I just lay in bed all night having crazy dreams, whether I’ve slept or for how long I don’t know but I’m pretty knackered in the morning. I’ve been running every day and walking loads to try and tire myself out but I lay...

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Nov 30, 2011 - Wildlife around Santa Elena

The Wildlife around Santa Elena Santa Elena is surrounded by either Mountains/Hills or Forest so you would think there would be plenty of wildlife around but there actually isn't’t. Speaking to the other volunteers they’ve hardly seen anything but unlike my they don’t really go looking for it. I’ve been for a couple of walks and the odd run on the mountain and all I’ve seen there are Vultures, the eagle in my photo with the orange neck, the blue beatle and some other birds. I think the best place here is the forest next to the foundation...

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Nov 22, 2011 - Life as Normal

Hi Guys Tuesday at 11.0am and at the internet cafe between Classes. Had an English class and Volleyball this morning and English and Horse Riding in the afternoon. I´ll walk the horses with the children on them as i´m not getting on them. I only do that when Karin makes me... The weekend was very lazy, spent a lot of it studying but we did go out on Friday night which was pretty lively. I don´t work on Monday´s so yesterday i went in a travel agency and looked at possible day trips from here. As i stated previously the wildlife is very...

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Nov 22, 2011 - Santa Elena

Hi guys Santa Elena as you can see from the map is in the south east of Venezuela bordering Brazil and Guyana. It has a population of around 25000 plus me and was originally set up as a gold mining town but is now more of a tourist start point for visiting Angel Falls and the surrounding mountains to the east as well as the smaller waterfalls. A high majority of the people are indigenous people who mainly live in a community called Manak Kru which is where most of the children we teach are from. As a town it´s pretty rustic i suppose, by...

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Feb 4, 2010 - Recovery Day

Got back last night - will try to upload a few photos later today. The river trip was amazing but (for me) physically demanding. Today, while I sip Pedialyte and try to keep some fruit down with a bout of dehydration and heat exhaustion, Ken is out doing laundry and buying plane tickets to Coro on the coast where we will spend our remaining few days on the beach. Ken will kitesurf, but my feet are still such a mess from blisters, insect bites and those damned niguas (laid eggs - which are still hatching - in my feet) that I intend to find a...

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Feb 1, 2010 - Top 10 Things that Can Go Wrong on a Jungle River Trip

10.  When you arrive at the river on the first day, you may find that the boat driver has decided to go for lumber rather than take you up the river, so you'll stand around for 3 hours getting eaten alive by (and subsequently having an allergic reaction to) some aggressive jungle no-see-um ("puri-puris"), watching the new driver hack at his dugout canoe with a machete to fit it with an outboard motor. 9. On Day 2, you can watch all of your pots and pans steam away in someone else's dugout canoe (which, incidentally, has a much bigger...

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Jan 24, 2010 - Canada has Crazies, too

[A side note: you may have noticed that I often include prices in my entries; as Venezuela is not a common American destination, we found it difficult to research and so hope that by including some price points, other travelers may find the info useful.] At one point, I'd asked someone local for a recommendation of a long-distance bus company to get us between C. Bolvar and Santa Elena, as it's at least 10 hours. The response was, "take anything but TurGar." Easy enough, we think, and take Expresos Los Llanos south (80 Bs ($16) per...

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