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South America » Venezuela November 26th 2017

26-11-17 After two charter flights from Trinidad we finally arrived at Canaima to stay at Waku lodge which was located on a beautiful lagoon. The lodge has friendly resident birds including toucans, macaws and parrots; it was stunning sitting in the garden looking towards the lagoons waterfalls. 27-11-17 Before the mid-1950s Angel Falls was unknown to the outside world. Even the indigenous tribes who lived in the valley beside Auyan-tepu Mountain stayed away, believing that the area harboured malign spirits. However, in 1933 an American gold prospector, Jimmie Angel, discovered the falls as he flew over the mountain in his light plane. Returning in 1937, he landed his plane successfully on Auyan-tepu's table topped summit, although the plane's wheel became submerged in mud, and the aircraft remained marooned on top of the mountain until 1970. When ... read more
Cheeky Toucans
Angel Falls
Our charter to Canaima


Canaima Venezuela I left Caracas to go to Maiquetia airport at 6:30 AM for a 10:40 AM flight to a Puerto Ordaz. Everything went smoothly and by 8:15 I was already sitting down and enjoying a delicious Venezuelan arepa de queso telita. I walked around bought some water and snacks and found my gate to sit down and wait for my flight by. The airport of Maiquetia is well equipped. It has a connective area for international flights , wifi, food and drinks, a couple of souvenir and other stuff shops, charging stations and screens and announcements. The flight left on time and I arrived at Puerto Ordaz around 11:30. I grabbed my backpack and headed out but first I stop to get some merry turron and a few more snacks. It took me while to ... read more
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South America » Venezuela » North-Eastern October 25th 2015

The Orinoco Delta Caracas airport looks like an aviation museum. I flew in something from the 1960s with engines bolted to the back of the fuselage just in front of the tail. Given the warnings on government websites about Venezuela (frequent kidnappings, violence, armed robbery etc) I had booked all cars, tours and accommodation in advance. This helped as I was met at every location and got around the country in private cars that blended in with ordinary traffic. The drive to the port at the edge of the delta was through flat, featureless farmland with only one distinguishing feature, it was abandoned and not being farmed. My driver explained that a few years earlier the then president, Chavez, claimed that the price of meat, around 2000 Bolivars ( $3US on the black market ) was ... read more
Approaching the lodge
Orinoco Queen Lodge
Orinoco Queen Lodge

South America » Venezuela » Guayana October 18th 2015

Angel Falls My driver from the delta to the city of Ciudad Bolivar where I caught the flight to Cainama, was even more vocal than the last. We were stopped at a police checkpoint for 40 minutes while they went through the car and his papers with a fine tooth comb. He later explained that the police are paid the minimum wage, which is impossible to live on. They therefore routinely stop traffic and request payment in return for free passage. Failure to pay leads to the stop and search and 'fines' for anything that is out of order. I thought that Cainama would just be a place to catch the boat up to Angel Falls, but it's a great place. What is called the lagoon is really a wide section of river below a series ... read more
Canaima Lagoon Waterfalls
Canaima Lagoon Waterfall
At the top of the falls

South America » Venezuela July 28th 2015

Geo: 10.6086, -67.015Onsdag morgen var det dags å reise fra Canaima. Vi orket ikke tanke på nok en natt på nattbus - så vi fikk ordnet med en privatsjåfør som skulle kjøre oss de 100 milene til flyplassen for å komme til Carracas. Vi startet tidlig om morgenen - greit å ha en sikkerhetsmargin i forhold til tid her i Venezuela. Kjøreturen tok ca 7.5 timer, vi hadde en sjåfør som var ganske dreven - og ville hjem - så han kjørte ganske fort. Veien gikk gjennom grønne landskaper og enger. Noen småbyer/landsbyer var det også av og til. Landet bærer preg av slitenhet og forfallenhet. Bilparken er gammel.. De fleste bilmodeller er 20-30 år gamle...Vi var fremme på flyplass i Puerto Ordez ca kl 1500 og flyet gikk kl 2030 - så her var det ... read more

South America » Venezuela July 22nd 2015

Geo: 5.18081, -60.7521Etter den anstrengende nattbussturen - hadde vi et døgns hvile på hotellet før vi startet på turen til Roraima Mountain.  Camilla sov og fløy på toalettet hele denne dagen - mens Helge gikk seg en tur i nærområdet. På ettermiddagen var det informasjonsmøte med guiden vår - indianeren Roger som skal følge oss opp - Vi er 8 stk i gruppen.  3 fra Tyskland, 1 fra Mexico, 1 fra Venezuela, og 1 japaner + oss to fra Norge.  Aldersgruppe er fra 27 til meg som er eldst på 53.  Stort sett var folk mellom 30-40 år. Vi var 6 menn og 2 damer. Enkel middag på kvelden med vår nye venn Jochen.  Helge har fått diare han ogsåHva gjør blodslit, gjennomvått tøy, diare, feber, masse myggstikk, utedoer, ryggsmerter, dritt og møkk, 6 dager uten ... read more
Vandring mot Mount Roraima
Klar for tur
Mange sultne og magre hunder

South America » Venezuela July 21st 2015

Geo: 4.60381, -61.1082... read more
Nattbussen
Her bor vi. Luksus?

South America » Venezuela July 18th 2015

Geo: 6.24184, -62.8528Lørdag formiddag ankom vi Canaima. Hyggelig å være tilbake til et sted vi har vært før. Denne gangen bodde vi litt bedre, rett ved lagunen med sine 3 palmer i vannet og vakre fossefall. Helge mener at vannet i Venezuela er godt for psoriasisen hans så han var uti og badet ganske raskt. Klokka 1500 skulle vi ut på ekspedisjon og inspisere området. Vi ble hentet i store trekanoer (med motor) og kjørt rundt for å se fossene. En liten jungeltur til en annen foss ble det også - der fikk vi anledning til å gå BAK fossen - noe som er en våt og spektakulær opplevelse. Det var helt trygt å gå der - da det er gjerde og en god berghylle å gå på. Denne gangen var vi bare 3 i gruppa ... read more
Venter på flyplass
Flyet vi fløy inn i jungelen
Litt nervøse i det lille flyet

South America » Venezuela July 17th 2015

Geo: 8.1268, -63.5533Fredag 17.07 - Vi reiste fra Aruba kl 1100. Leverte leiebil og fløy avgårde til Carracas en time forsinket. Flyet var ca 30-40 år gammelt, skranglete, slitt og skittent. Var ingen fornøyelse for oss som er vant med litt nyere fly og bedre standarder. Carracas er en av verdens farligste byer. For oss to som det lyser europeiske turister av - så skapte det litt bekymring blant noen av de andre lokale medpassasjerene - som bekymret lurte på om vi skulle reise rundt alene - og bedyret at "Seriously - it is dangerous out there - you must not go alone" ... Det igjen skapte litt bekymring og angst hos undertegnede - som så en kjeltering i alle rundt seg. Vel.. vår agent møtte oss som avtalt på utsiden av flyplassen. Her måtte vi ... read more
En god neve dollar
Mucho dinero
15 centimeter penger

South America » Venezuela » Andean February 25th 2015

Mérida was wonderful to us. We spent almost two months in this gorgeous, university town in the mountains. Sophia moved in with her host family and started her courses through the U of M and Kyle and I are finally on our honeymoon vacation, at least that is what it feels like. Here are some of the things we did in Mérida: Took Spanish classes for less than $2 an hour Jumped off a bridge with a rope called "The Pendulum" Went Canyoning (scaled down small waterfalls with only a rope) Hiked to the top of many mountains Fed ducks at the botanical garden Relaxed in natural hot springs Jumped in a freezing-cold river Ate lunch with a family that lived on a farm in the Mountains Enjoyed the nightlife of Mérida Drank ... read more
Kyle Canyoning
Kissing at the Botanical Gardens
Mountain Climbing with Marite




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