Up to the Gran Sabana

Kawi Travel Blog

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    We got woken up at our hotel at the even earlier hour of 0530 & met up in reception at 6. Today's route was by minibus again, through the countryside and up to the Gran Sabana.

We stopped off for breakfast at Puerto Ordaz in Ciudad Guyana. This is the centre of the basic industries in Venezuela and seemed very well-to-do. Breakfast was coffee, juice and a selection of savoury pastries followed by a slice of apple pie. Well stuffed, we set off again past the vast hydroelectric dams.

We had gone about half an hour, through a toll gate, only to get held up in a blockade from locals protesting about water supply and roads. We were assured that this would not be resolved for hours or even days, so we took a roundabout route that only added about an hour to the planned route anyway. No problem - the scenery was much better than the highway!

We met back up with the highway at Tumeremo, a backwater town where we stopped to buy rum from a shop that also sold shotgun cartridges. Moving on we had lunch at another roadside stop.

We briefly stopped at a real Western style town to look for parts for the cooker (no luck) and suntan lotion (luck there!) before heading off up the escarpment to the Sabana, 1200 metres above sea level, looking a lot like dartmoor but extending over 45 000 square kilometres.

We reached our campsite at Kawi at around 1730 giving time to watch how to put the tents up and have a generous rum and coke.
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