Blogs from Santa Elena de Uairen, Guayana, Venezuela, South America


I crossed another South American Border today and said ‘chau’ to Brazil and ‘buenos dias’ to Venezuela. I’m officially half way through the 70 day crossing of the continent and the past 2 weeks have been a delightful break from the ardours of travelling on Rosita, our Truck (someone call a chiropractor!). As you know, we sailed nearly 2000kms up the Amazon River and then from the state capital of Manaus headed deep into the Amazon Jungle for a few days. This was my second foray into the Amazon rainforest (hence the title of this blog update. Click here for my Ecuador experience back in 2009 Given the sheer magnitude of the Amazon, this was a totally different experience to El Oriente in Ecuador over 2000kms away. The Amazon is the largest and most diverse ... read more

the village from where all the Roraima and Tepuy trips start...... read more
Plaza de Bolivar
around Santa Elena
walking around Santa Elena

South America » Venezuela » Guayana » Santa Elena de Uairen October 14th 2009

I am highly starting to doubt I will ever find an internet quick enough to load my photo´s up however I shall keep attempting, one of these days I might get one or two photo´s up ;) So we got our bus yesterday from Manaus overnight to Bo Vista in north Brasil. When we were on the bus I realised that I no longer had the form I was given at the airport on arrival. This form is to state how long you can stay in the country and was stamped by immigration. I read in my Lonely Plant book that if you reachthe border without it they deny exit and you have to travel back to a Banco do Brasil and pay a fine of US$75. I was so annoyed when I realised but all ... read more
In the bedroom in Santa Elena
Saint Elena

South America » Venezuela » Guayana » Santa Elena de Uairen October 14th 2009

Tout d´abord je tiens a m´excuser des fautes d´ortographe, je prends jamais le temps de relire, et puis les claviers sont differents, ca me pertube!! j´avoue, j´ai pas ecris en francais depuis tellement longtemps que j´ai un peu de mal.. Promis, je refais des dictees quand je rentre! :) Bon pour les photos, ce ne sera pas encore pour cette fois.. A chaque fois j´essaye, mais soit la connection est trop lente, soit ca plante.. Aujourd´hui, ca a plante.. vraiment frustrant! Enfin arrives au Venezuela, nous avons un nouveau tampon sur le passeport! Les douaniers ont a peine verifie les passeports, ils etaient a moitie endormi sur le bureau! Ils ont quand meme demande les cartes de vaccination pour la fievre jaune.. Nous sommes maintenant a Santa Elena de Uairen, a environ 15 km de la ... read more
Santa Elena

South America » Venezuela » Guayana » Santa Elena de Uairen September 1st 2009

(PS DUDES- MY LAPTOP GOT FRIED BUT I JUST RECOVERED MY HARD DRIVE SO THESE JOURNALS ARE ALMOST TWO MONTHS BEHIND SO IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE I AM YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE DATES, AS THIS STUFF HAPPENED IN THE PAST!!! :) Estou sintindo saudades pra voces (Missing home) I hopped on my 24-hour bus to Santa Elena. It’s funny cause I brought like 5 books with me to read just in case, but I didn’t read anything the whole time. I just sat there starring out the window watching the city change to jungle, to mountains and grasslands and rivers, the daylight change to night and back again. I listened to my ipod for half the time I was awake. I love listening to my music but wow... did it ever ... read more

FROM GEORGETOWN TO STA. ELENA: -Inraserv bus from Georgetown required us to check in at 5pm, did not leave until 8:00pm. 3 gringos in the bus with me. -Several checkpòints along the way, police stations do a roll call checking off the passenger lists quickly. -Uncomfortable bumpy ride, consolation no rain no breakdowns, road seems safe due to checkpoints -Arrived early morning to a ferry crossing, took awhile, on other side sign says Iwokrama, we are in the savannahs, one gringo got off here, the other 2 in Annai. -Beautiful scenery grassy plains with occasional hills and low trees -Bus stopped at Guyana immigration(Lethem) then crossed newly built bridge to Brazilian immigration(Bonfim) where the bus dropped us off -Was given 5 day transit stay, want to take taxi to Boa Vista but got screwed, the driver ... read more
Sta Elena de Uairen
Sta.Elena de Uairen
Sta.Elena de Uairen

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