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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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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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Sep 20, 2006 - Canaima, Venezuela

Greetings all: Wednesday was a long day. We were up at 5:00 am to catch a ride to the airport for 6:00. Upon arriving at the airport there really wasn't anyone who could help us. Luckily we found a guy who worked for a tour group who put us in the right place. Our plane was of course on "Venezuelan time" and left promptly at 11:30. Off to Canaima on an LTA Cessna. Just over an hour into the flight we begin our descent. I figured this odd as it's a two hour flight. Commercial flights in Venezuela certainly don't go 'on-time' and we were...

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Sep 30, 2005 - Venezuela part 1 - Bites, Boats and Border patrols

Getting there As we prepared to leave the bright lights and awesome architecture of Manhattan behind, we considered it a judicious move to briefly phone the airline and confirm our flights to Caracas. As it turned out, this proved to be both a stressfull and fortuitous conversation, as we were informed that we had not been confirmed seats on either of our two flights. A lengthy conversation ensued as Dunc smarmed, conversed and navigated the airline check in system resulting in us not only being sorted on our Caracas flights, but on all our...

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Aug 2, 2005 - Venezuela - Canaima

On our first day of a three day trip to Angel Falls we head off in a tiny plane, 6 seats including the pilot who is holding his door shut as we scoot down the runway - a little disconcerting! The bumpy journey takes 70 gut wrenching minutes and only manages a height of 3,500 feet - a little short on umph! Nevertheless the journey takes us across an amazing landscape of savannah, jungle, tepuys and rivers rich in gold and diamonds... real ¨Earth from the Air¨ stuff. In Canaima we visit the falls in Laguna de Canaima - Sapo and Sapito and...

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Jan 15, 2005 - Angel Falls

After leaving the Caribbean behind we took a bus to Ciudad Bolivar (in the pre name everything after Simón Bolivar days it was Angostura). The bus had to cross the Orinoco River by car ferry (apparently there is only one bridge on the whole length of the river), which meant one hour waiting in the blazing sun in a sweltering bus which rapidly turned into an oven. We had to resort to ripping the covers off books to use as makeshift fans. Ciudad Bolivar had a pleasant old colonial centre (a rarity in Venezuela) and the biggest cockroaches I...

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Aug 23, 2004 - Ciudad Bolivar & Canaima Nat Pq

Ciudad Bolivar is a roasting hot city that sits nicely on the southern banks of the Orinoco River at its narrowest point. THis is not a city to be arriving in during the hours of darkness however as it does have a bit of a reputation for being a little dangerous, which I can verify as I did see a guy running toward me pulling out a knife from inside his shirt and an angry look on his face. Fortunately he was after a local guy next to me and wasn`t after the only obvious^`gringo´that was to be seen for miles- me. THe river is very fast...

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Jun 21, 2004 - Cainamia - Gateway to Salto Angel

Shortly after we land we're greeted by our very loud guide Christian, he give us the low down on what we'll be doing for the next few days and pulls out a 6 pack. We gladly accept a beer (just to help calm our nerves or course) and hang out there for a few hours awaiting the rest of our group. Christian is getting more drunk and more loud but luckily he's not drivng the boat. The rest of the group arrive later (much later) and are a strange group of volunteer workers, one is wearing a Boris Becker style hair band - nuff said.. Anyway, we...

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