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Jun 25, 2009 - Los Roques - European Travellers

We have learned that Los Roques islands are especially attractive to Brazilians - which makes sense given that country's proximity and its large number of wealthy residents - and to Italians for some unexplained reason. Certainly the amount of Italian and Portuguese heard on the islands has been impressive. There are a fair few travelers from Spain as well. There are almost no North Americans, in fact I mentioned to Adrian the fact that two English-speaking Americans could be heard having a drink at an outdoor table - as if that is a great...

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Jun 25, 2009 - Los Roques - Madrisqui

Today was moving day as we were obliged to change posadas due to a lack of space. After a great breakfast and having moved our stuff over to the new place, we proceeded to the second island, Madrisqui, not unlike the first with a gorgeous white sandy beach on one side and coral reef on the other. Madrisqui had a little more action, due to a fun-loving group that set up shop down the beach a little way and who had come equipped with music and games. What was the same was the beautiful, sugar-fine sand, the gorgeous aquamarine blue water and...

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Jun 24, 2009 - Los Roques - Francisqui

After something of a late start, we decided to do what one does in Los Roques -- go to the beach! We gathered up our books and sunscreen, hats and water and headed down to the water taxi wharf where we added a large beach umbrella to our accoutrement. It was already blazing hot but the bone white sand and incomparably beautiful Caribbean blue water were very inviting. The water taxi dropped us at Francisquí's incredibly fine, white sandy beach. The temperature was scorching and although well warned, I somehow missed much of my neck and back...

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Jun 23, 2009 - Los Roques

The main island of Gran Roque is the sole place to stay in the island group and day trips are made to other islands. We visited two: Francisquí and Madrisquí. There are no nice swimming beaches on Gran Roque although our posada (pension) and many of the others here are right on the water. The flight over the idyllic island and atoll group was gorgeous. Gran Roque (which is the main island but not, as its name would suggest, the largest) consists of a flat part and an uninhabitable mountainous part. The flat part has perhaps 6 x 4 streets...

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Feb 18, 2008 - Angel's Falls

After a few relaxing days at the beach we took a night bus to Ciudad Bolivar..CB... From here we organized a trip to see Angel's Falls. The nigh bus is an experience in itself if I have not told you already. It is crazy because it is hot and humid out side, but in the bus they blast the AC. I have to wear a long sleve shirt, sweater, fleece, scarf, and a sarong over my pants to be warm enough to sleep. The Posada we stayed in was wonderful. The couple who built it started from scratch with this hollowed out very high ceiling shell of a...

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Dec 14, 2007 - Salta Angel!!!

We arrived in Cuidad Bolivar thinking we'd missed our tour (it was s'posed to leave at 8:30am, and we didn't arrive till 9am), but the very helpful man that we'd spoken to on the phone was there waiting for us, and whisked us off to the airport to catch our van to La Paragua. Once there, we caught a tiny 5-seater plane to Canaima (very exciting, and stunning scenery!!). That afternoon, we had a boat trip around the lagoon at Canaima to look at the waterfalls there, and then walked up to another (big and very powerful) fall, stripped down to...

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Nov 27, 2007 - Salto Angel

we vertrokken met een klein vliegtuigje naar Canaima. Vandaar nañen we de boot voor nog eens vier uur varen. Daarna moesten we nog een uur klimmen maar uiteindelijk loonde het toch de moeite : de Salto Angel, de hoogste waterval ter wereld (980 meter). Die avond bleven we ook ginder slapen in hangmatten : nog nooit zo`n zicht gehod om op te staan. De volgende dag bezochten we enkele kleinere watervallen. we konden in sommige zwemmen. We zijn ook achter een van de watervallen geweest. Dat was echt wel spectaculair, maar ook heel luid. Voor...

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Oct 22, 2007 - Margaritaville Venezuela Style

Copyright 2007 David Rich 800 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com 2150 or 5000+ Bolivares=$1 MARGARITAVILLE VENEZUELA STYLE I 'd last visited Venezuela in 2003, enjoying teargas in my Caracas hotel room, cops quelling demonstrations against crazy Hugo Chavez, who ranks up with the other loco presidents of Cuba, North America, and the world. Back in 2002 the question was whether Hugo may have stolen Venezuela's first election in the 21st Century. This time around, in October of 2007, students were demonstrating against Hugo's amendment of the...

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Aug 20, 2007 - LOS ROQUES o EL PARAISO

Los Roques ens ha deixat de pedra, i mai millor dit. Hem estat 4 díes i 4 nits a la illa de Crasqui, una de les illes de l'arxipèlag de Los Roques. La gent acostuma a quedar-se a l'illa principal, Gran Roque, i sortir cada matí en barca cap a alguna illa petita. Nosaltres, ens vam anar directament cap a una d'aquestes illes, Crasqui, on només hi havia el Rancho Agua Clara, i un o dos cases que donaven menjar. En total menys de 20 habitants. La illa és un paradís, i poguer-hi ser als matins i a les tardes, quan ja no hi ha ningú a l'illa és...

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Aug 15, 2007 - Canaima-salto Angel

Tornarem a escriure en castellà que fa dies que no ho fem, especialment pels amics de Madrid. Llegamos a Canaima en avioneta. Vale la pena! Pero te das cuenta de lo densa que es la selva, así que aunque las vistas son espectaculares, le sugerimos al piloto que él no mire y se concentre, porque si caemos, de allí no salimos!! La llegada al aeropuert(ucho) de Canaima es también espectacular porque justo al lado hay una catarata y un lago enormes. Aunque habíamos contratado un día de posada y un día en hamacas en la selva, esto es Sudamérica,...

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Jan 21, 2007 - VENEZUELA - Angel Falls

Sunday 21st January Crossed the border mid morning and should have got off at Santa Elena but a German girl on the bus told me that we weren't at the depot yet so after a baggage check I got back on the bus. Half an hour later she realised her mistake, that both of us were now flying straight through to Cuidad Guyana, due at 9pm. She decided to get off and hitch when we stopped for a meal break but I stayed on despite not having a ticket. At Guyana the bus driver couldn't understand why on earth I was getting off there and I owned up about...

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Oct 27, 2006 - Angel Falls

In a similar way to Joe Parfitt's gift of being able to identify the qualities of famous people in ordinary folk, we have been unable to avoid recognising traits of you lot in the various people we have met. Already we have encountered a Lindalike, a Gainalike and a British Airways pilot who was so much like Del that Dave kept getting his name wrong. I was quite taken aback however when I came face to face with the Australian identikits of my parents. Jim and Coral are in their 60's and have been living in Caracas since January. Although...

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