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Apr 12, 2014 - Canaima to Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuelau

Thursday 10th April 2014 Ciudad Bolivar to Canaima then by river to base of Angel Falls camp, Venezuela After breakfast we were picked up and transported to the local airport where we were all checked into 1 eighteen seater plane and 2 five seater planes (these were Cessnas). We were on one of the Cessnas and we set off to Canaima, which is the gateway to the largest national park in Venezuela. When we arrived there, we were transported on an open truck to the lodge about 5 minutes away. There was quite a deal of confusion about who was...

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Apr 9, 2014 - Boa Vista, Brazil to Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

Monday 7th April 2014 Manaus to Boa Vista, Brazil Up really early today (5:30am) to leave Manaus heading north. After breakfast in the hotel, we drove out of Manaus. There was a huge amount of traffic heading towards the city. There are many factories and work opportunities in Manaus due to it being a free trade and tax free zone in Brazil. This is definitely the road less travelled as once we had left the city, there was not much traffic at all. It is a very isolated part of Brazil, beyond the amazon and is quite difficult to reach even...

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Feb 4, 2010 - Recovery Day

Got back last night - will try to upload a few photos later today. The river trip was amazing but (for me) physically demanding. Today, while I sip Pedialyte and try to keep some fruit down with a bout of dehydration and heat exhaustion, Ken is out doing laundry and buying plane tickets to Coro on the coast where we will spend our remaining few days on the beach. Ken will kitesurf, but my feet are still such a mess from blisters, insect bites and those damned niguas (laid eggs - which are still hatching - in my feet) that I intend to find a...

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Feb 1, 2010 - Top 10 Things that Can Go Wrong on a Jungle River Trip

10.  When you arrive at the river on the first day, you may find that the boat driver has decided to go for lumber rather than take you up the river, so you'll stand around for 3 hours getting eaten alive by (and subsequently having an allergic reaction to) some aggressive jungle no-see-um ("puri-puris"), watching the new driver hack at his dugout canoe with a machete to fit it with an outboard motor. 9. On Day 2, you can watch all of your pots and pans steam away in someone else's dugout canoe (which, incidentally, has a much bigger...

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Jan 24, 2010 - Canada has Crazies, too

[A side note: you may have noticed that I often include prices in my entries; as Venezuela is not a common American destination, we found it difficult to research and so hope that by including some price points, other travelers may find the info useful.] At one point, I'd asked someone local for a recommendation of a long-distance bus company to get us between C. Bolvar and Santa Elena, as it's at least 10 hours. The response was, "take anything but TurGar." Easy enough, we think, and take Expresos Los Llanos south (80 Bs ($16) per...

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Jan 14, 2010 - Planning a river trip

We are getting out of the city tonight on a bus to San Francisco de Uraina (sp?) near Roraima. I'm a little nervous about the climb but I've prepared as best as I can. We alse arranged (and paid for - you may recall we decided to bring all our cash due to the terrible exchange rate - better to pay now and reduce the cash we're carrying) a trip with a guide recommended by Paul. We had our choice of 10 days out-and-back on remote rivers with the guide's daughter, Elisa, who looked about 23 and very capable ($1,200 USD) or doing a circuit with...

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Jan 14, 2010 - The Soft Sell in Venezuela

Hello, family and friends. Thanks for all the notes; it's really great to log in and find them. If you{ve traveled to many ´developing´ countries, and if you're like me, you steel yourself, toward the end of every flight or bus ride, for the onslaught of hawkers pushing their hotel, taxi, or tourist excursion. And again, if you're like me and you consider this one of the most stressful parts of independent travel, then COME TO VENEZUELA. Here are a few conversations we've had today with tour operators: ´´Here's my card; if you'd like to...

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Dec 28, 2009 - Ciudad Bolivar

Another bus ride, another town. Ciudad Bolivar is the base for trips to Angel Falls. It is a small city with a nice downtown and is on the massive Orinoco River. We stayed in a hostel downtown owned by a nice German guy. We quickly started looking for a trip to Angel Falls and found a tour agency in the other hostel in downtown (owner by a Belgian). We booked the trip and the owner threw in a free night in his hostel when we got back. Everything seemed great, but before we left he informed us that all trips to Angel Falls were off as the...

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Dec 17, 2009 - Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

Ciudad Bolivar is the place to go to arrange an excursion to see Angel Falls. It is a pretty uninspiring city. There was street upon street of market stalls all selling the same stuff. The roads were permanently congested with huge old 1970´s American cars spewing pollution into the atmosphere and constantly beeping their horns even though the cars in front had nowhere to go. It was quality experiencing it. It´s hard remembering it´s xmas when it´s 30 degrees heat, but there were constant reminders. Just like in the UK, most houses have...

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Mar 23, 2008 - Exploring the highest fall in the World - Angel Fall

After three days of rest and homeschooling in Valencia, we are off on the road to Ciudad Boliviar, the jumpoff point to go to the Angel Fall, the highest waterfall in the world! We found out that oil in Venezuela is cheaper than water by 50 times. A liter of oil costs about 2 cents US and a liter of water was about one dollar US. It is no wonder that bus fare in Venezuela is much cheaper than other countries. Given the high gas price in the US, I really envy Venezuelians. However, food cost is quite high, about the same as US, but the...

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Dec 14, 2007 - Overnight bus to Ciudad Bolivar

This was not our most restful night's sleep!! The bus stopped at least 5 times for security checks, and people repeadedly checked our passport - but we knew that would happen before we got on (we were lucky we were going north, travelling south they get everyone off the bus in the middle of the night to search all the bags). We didn't expect a flat tyre tho - or our driver's reaction to it: he locked the bus, and ran off into the forest for a while, and then came back with a large rock to prop up the bus while he fixed the tyre! We also...

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Aug 14, 2007 - CIUDAD BOLÍVAR

Vam agafar un Bus de nit, que ja voldrien tenir moltes companyies europees. Tot es transformava i es convertien en confortables semi-llits.Únic inconvenient, que posaven l'aire acondicionat al màxim, perquè ningú dubtés que en portava, com deia la publicitat. Tothom, dormint amb polars, pantalons llargs gruixuts, mitjons, sacs de dormir, ... Vam poder dormir bastant bé. Bé, el mosso, cada dos per tres es llevava sobresaltat, amb més d'un crit, perquè somiava que l'autobús s'anava a estrellar i amb cada sot que agafava el bus, era el xoc...

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