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Sep 21, 2006 - Trek to Salto Angel, Venezuela

Day 2 - Canaima to Angel Falls Trek It was one of those days that we'll always remember. Today was a very challenging, long but highly rewarding day. We woke fairly early to get ready and eat prior to leaving. We were fortunate that no one else was expected to be coming out that morning so we were able to start our journey to the falls in good time. We looked at the maps the previous evening and were told it takes about five hours to get there, and we needed as much daylight as possible to be able to spend time near the falls. We got...

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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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Jan 20, 2006 - Venezuelanisches Maerchen

Es waren einmal... zwei Touristen, die von einem Engel gehoert hatten, der der groesste seiner Art und im tiefen Tschungel sein soll. Die zwei wollten diesen Engel unbedingt finden. Sie nahmen also nur das wichtigste Gepaeck mit und machten sich auf den Weg. Ein kleiner Cessna-Vogel liess sie auf seinem Ruecken mitfliegen. Sie schwebten ueber wunderschoene grune Landschaften, ueber Flusslaeufe, Sumpfgebiet und riesige Regenwaldflaechen. In Canaima setzte der Vogel die zwei Menschen ab und schickte sie zu ihresgleichen, die sie weiter...

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Oct 20, 2005 - Mark at Angel Falls

Mark - Have just returned from Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall. It's total height is 979m, of which the uninterrupted drop is 807m, about 16 times the height of Niagara - truly one of the natural wonders of the world. From Cartagena I caught a bus to Caracas and then another one down to Ciudad Bolivar. The falls lay deep in the jungle and are totally inaccessible by road, but there is a small airport in the nearby indian village of Canaima - where tours are arranged. From Ciudad Bolivar I caught a 6-seater Cesna plane to Canaima...

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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 4, 2005 - Venezuela - Angel Falls

A much aspired to destination, the last of the great waterfalls, having been lucky enough to previously visit Igazzu, Niagra and Victoria Falls. As with this trip, these Falls are superlatives for their height of 979m and an uninterrupted drop of 807m. They were discovered by Jimmie Angel (hence the name) in 1937 when he landed his plane on the top of Auyantepui - a heart shaped tepui known as the Mountain of the God of Evil in local Pemon language. Angel was looking for gold (aren't we all?!) but when he landed his plane it became stuck in...

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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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Jul 23, 2005 - Venezuela - Merida

So 14 hours later and one hour time difference, we finally arrive at our Venezuelan destination of Merida...three taxis, two buses and one plane! The best bit of the trip was the 6am airport check in with the chicks and the very belligerent cockrel! And...no violent horror videos! Merida brings us back to the beautiful Andes range of which Venezuela has over 400kms and the highest peaks are here...Pico Bolivar(5007m) and Pico Humboldt(4942m)...it also has the highest and longest cable car in the world, from which you get great views of...

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Jul 5, 2005 - Angel Falls

After a lazy morning of swimming in the river we departed Kavak by plane to Canaima via Angel Falls. When we got in the plane the pilot informed us that the weather was bad and it will not be possible to see the falls - gutted! Thankfully our route took us close to the falls and just as we reached the turn to Canaima we spotted Angel Falls through a gap in the weather! Hooray!! We circled three times past the falls and attached is the best shot we have. Arriving in Canaima we said goodbye to Monty (our co-tourist) and flew back to Cuidad...

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Jul 4, 2005 - Kavak - Updated 14 August for Nigua picture

Day 7 of our Auyantepuy trek. We arrived at Kavak mid morning and visited the Kavak Canyon in the afternoon followed by a spectacular waterfall. In the evening we were entertained by some traditional dancing and singing and spent a comfortable night sleeping in hammocks under a traditional shelter. We have discovered that Nick has a Nigua (small spider) living in his foot which needs to be removed before it grows, spawns eggs and the problem spreads!

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Jun 29, 2005 - Trek Auyan tepuy

We met our tour guide and excellent chefette for the week, Mirelle in Canaima and our co-tourist Monty. Our flight from Canaima to Uruyen took us past the Angel Falls. Unfortunately there was too much cloud which meant that we were unable to see the full extent of the falls. We arrived in a small Indian village, Uruyen, home to two families where we met our local guides, Santos, Jimmy and Bertoleo. After a refreshing swim in the river and a hearty lunch we started our 8 day trek to the top of the Tepuis (table top mountain) - the same route...

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Apr 10, 2005 - Venezuela - Canaima & The Angel Falls

In Ciudad Boliavar we were met by the agency ADRENALIN EXPLORERS. A guy named Luis picked us up and took us to the office where we had breakfast and used the internet. We cannot reccomend Adrenalin highly enough as they were excellent to us and organised everything. We did not have any Venezuelan Bolivars so Luis took Nick on the back of his motorbike to a cash point. As Nick took some money out, there was a guy lying on the floor who had been beaten up and had all his stuff knicked. He was drunk, but we called a taxi and sent him to a...

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