Canaima to Chichirivichi

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    Today was spent mostly in transit. We got up & had breakfast of pancakes (and yet more scrambled eggs!) - we rode to the airstrip in a battered old Toyota. The airstrip was tiny, with dogs sleeping on the runway. We had to wait ages for our flight to Puerto Ordaz.

4 of us shared a Cessna, giving us the chance to get a fantastic view of the lagoon and the falls from the air. We were flung about by turbulence throughout the flight which made getting some shuteye impossible! We landed in Puerto Ordaz and had to wait for out guide's plane to get in - we made our connection but he didn't. It was a bit worrying sitting on the plane without him, but fortunately he got on the next flight, landing an hour after us.

After we were all safely off and had recovered our luggage we set off in the minibus towards Chichirivichi de la Costa. The road was very interesting, with stretches of tarmac scattered seemingly at random between stretches of dirt track. At one point the road was only half finished, with treacherous steel bars sticking out to catch the unwary's tyres! We were a bit concerned about where we were going until we saw a white beach with crystal clear water.

After checking in we went straight down for a swim while it was still light. It was lovely and warm - a complete contrast to the mountain streams, especially with the salt! We met up with the Explore boss for Venezuela at the hotel. We had Dorado for dinner with sauteed potatoes which was lovely. We spent the evening until about 10 o'clock chatting among the group and with other people in the hotel.
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Aerial view
Aerial view
photo by: AndySD