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At a total height of 979m and a uninterrupted drop of 807m, Salto Angel is the highest waterfall in the world. The water rushes off of Auyantepui, which is one of the largest tepuis (flap top mountain) in the area. It was amazing to follow a wave of water blasting off of the top waiting so long for it to reach the bottom. However it is difficult to really grasp the size of the falls even being their in person at the viewpoint. I personally found Iguazu much more impressive.
I was never planning on going but the street exchange rate made it too cheap to miss one of the world´s most famous sites. We looked into going to the angel falls from Santa Elena but the price was very high because of the longer flight required to Canaima.
The walk up to viewpoint is less than an hour along a root covered trail through a beautiful mosquito free rainforest. The lack of physical work required to get there eliminates the sense of accomplishment that was so enjoyable on such treks as Roraima and Lares.
Frosty, Frenchie and I elected to take the optional free extra night stay in Canaima. After chillin on the beach for the better part of our last day we went out to find a place to eat that was no too expensive in the resort village. Along the way I challenged the self proclaimed chess master of the town to a game. This turned out to be a good decision. Not only did he leave the table with his tail between his legs, we also shared a bottle of run and his wife fed us all for a very reasonable price. The other old guy who was also playing invited us to his son´s 19th Bday party which we happily accepted.
Back in Cididad Bolivar we went to see the voting taking place on the second. The Si con Chavez graffiti covered most buildings. This made it difficult to do simple thing such as eat because almost everything was shut down the day before and the day of the election. Frosty and I did manage to find a place that was illegally selling beers the day before the election and slurped back about a dozen of the funny little bottles for about 40 cents a pop.