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Day 41-44 Salto Angel (Angel Falls)

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I dedicate this trip to Anna whom I met in Martinique. She wasn’t able to make the trip due to time and cost, so I ended up going on my own. To be honest, I was only going to go because of her. Originally, my plan was to zip through Venezuela so I could get some where that I had not been before. Talking to her about the adventures that she had while traveling in South America and how great it would be to go see the World’s tallest waterfall, peaked my interest and got me into the gotta go mode. The other motivating factor was hanging out with all the people in Posada Patria at Ciudad Bolivar. Everybody was gung ho about going to the Falls, like it was Christmas or something. To me it seemed more like a lot of money for a picture, but I caved. Traveling without seeing the sights would be meaningless. So, I dropped the cash and in the morning we were off. Our group consisted of an American guy, French guy, Swedish guy, German guy, and a Czechoslovakian couple.

I am hopelessly behind and also a picture is worth a thousand words, or at least that is what I am told, so I will do a bit of a photo essay.

Salto Angel or Angel Falls is the world’s highest waterfall. Its total height is 979m, of which the uninterrupted drop is 807m, about 16 times the height of Niagra Falls. The cascade spills off the heart shaped Auyantepui, one of the largest of the tepuis, into Canon del Diablo (Devil’s Canyon).

The plane we took was a little Cessna that we maxed out with our group. The flight was surprisingly good and we were down in less that an hour and a half.

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The day was rainy but we were still able to see all of the different textures to the Gran Sabana.

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Once we landed we piled into a four wheel drive that took us to the city of Canaima and the motorized dugouts that would take us half way up the river to our first camp. The scene is the same, but at a different perspective it is still awesome.

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The next day we headed up river to the base camp at the base of the Falls. Here is where you get the money shots of the tallest waterfall in the world.

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The next day we hopped back into the canoes and made the long trex back down river to our last camp for another two waterfalls and some rain forest exploration. You can see in the one picture that everybody is wiped out. The trip isn’t all that physically demanding, but it’s a lot of odd

traveling with constant rain and late nights of rum and laughing. It was pretty amazing that everybody was able to fall asleep while bouncing down the river in the rain.

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Here are the last of the trip with the waterfall that we could actually walk behind and feel the awesome power. It was actually the majority of peoples favorite part of the trip. When you get to experience something first hand it always impacts you more that when you take a photo a hundred feet away.

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The most photographed scene in Venezuela. If you get the Venezuela Lonely Planet Guide Book, you will see the same trees.

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With that a few hours in Canaima and then a lot faster flight back home in a larger prop plane.

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Back at the Posada, everyone dried off, grabbed a beer and had a relaxing evening. Me on the other hand, had to get going. Destiny was calling and its name is Roraima.

The rash did not come back thank god, but the Fevers were still there. I was popping Tylenols every three hours. If we did anything strenuous for a short time period I would instantly burn up. The Tylenol kept it under control and I would take a little delerium over a nasty rash any day.

Around 7pm I hopped on a bus headed for Santa Elena, a mere twelve hour ride away. I actually looked forward to the trip since my previous one was very exceptional, and I wanted to sleep for about twelve hours as well. Oh for those wanting to know, the bus ride costs $30,000 B or about $12 US.

Next stop, Santa Elena de Uairen.



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One response to “Day 41-44 Salto Angel (Angel Falls)”

  1. Judy says:

    Another nicely done blog~~really makes me want to GO! Pictures are great. Thanks, Judy