Paradise by the Lagoon.

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Ford Fairmont taxi that took us to the Ciudad Bolivar airport.
Hello All,

Today I woke up and headed for Adrenaline Tours a block away from my Posada. I got there at 7:30am, and met the others in the tour group over a nice little breakfast. They were Jules & Jules (Julian & Julia??), newlyweds from the UK, Anna & Philipp from Switzerland, and Tania & Kate from Australia, and all spoke English very well.

I decided to leave my computer with the good folks at the office, and packed much lighter for the journey. Tania, Kate, Jules & Jules got their taxi to the airport, and shortly after Anna, Philipp and I left as well. The Ford Fairmont we took was the biggest wreck of a vehicle I had taken yet, but it got us there in short order.

J&J were still at the airport waiting when we arrived, and the five of us were to fully occupy the next flight to Canaima.
Loading into the six-seater Cessna for the flight to Canaima.
We casually threw our bags into an x-ray machine, and walked through a metal detector that alarmed for all of us. Then we boarded a six-seat Cessna for the trip, and me being the only solo person got the seat next to the pilot.

While I was growing up both my father and grandfather were private pilots, so I love to fly. The smaller the plane the better as far as I’m concerned. And commercially they don’t get much smaller than this. I thoroughly enjoyed the view, but not the leg room, from the co-pilot seat for the 65 minute trip. As we approached Canaima the view was stunning.

Canaima is a Pimon Indian settlement of about 1,500 people that cannot be reached by road. It is the main staging area for trips to Angel Falls, and part of Canaima National Park.
I get a close up view of all the instruments.
The town itself is spread over the south end of a lagoon that is indescribable in its beauty. The waters are iced-tea brown and surrounded by tall waving palm trees. There are long sandy stretches of white sand beach, and rustic typical dwellings abound.

But the thing that brings it all together is the seven gorgeous waterfalls that spread out over the west side of the lagoon. It is here that the Rio Carrao splits into four different branches and spills over a substantial ridge into the Canaima Lagoon. Breathtaking is not even close enough to convey the beauty and majesty of the sight.

We were met at the airport and taken to our camp, the Tiuna Lodge. From the large hammock deck we had a view of the lagoon and one of the waterfalls, and could faintly hear its rushing, crashing waters.
Approaching Canaima and look at all of those waterfalls!
There were six hammocks slung over beams , and each had a blanket in case the overnight temperature warranted it.

Back at the office, when I was told that everyone else in the group was sleeping in hammocks for both night I acquiesced and agreed to do so also. Now there were four people in the group we asking where their beds were, with J&J being the only hammock aficionados in the gang. I claimed one and tried it out. I deemed it comfortable enough for the night and kept my mouth shut.

After a tasty lunch, we met our guide Pedro, and left for our first trip. We cruised around the lagoon before disembarking and taking a 30 minute walk to the Salto El Sapo waterfall. We wrapped our cameras in plastic, or dumped then into ziplock bags and took the walkway behind the falls.
Getting in a bit closer to the Canaima Lagoon.
It was a great experience, and it certainly was wet. Tania was very smart to have purchased a waterproof camera, and she was taking full advantage with an under-falls photo shoot.

When then took another short hike to the smaller Salto El Sapito, and climbed to the top to play in the water above. We then walked back to El Sapo and did the same. The tannic acid colored water was cool and refreshing, and begged to be played in. We then walked back to the lagoon and trekked over to Salta Hacha.

Hacha was a much larger falls, with a great deal more water flow, but we were going behind it as well. This trail was a bit better than the other one, and even set back a bit more, but the volume of water guaranteed a wet experience for all. Another falls, another fabulous view, and my plastic wrapped digital camera seemed none the worse for wear when I removed it from its ziplock bag.

After returning to the camp, we had dinner (another tasty meal), and set up for bed. The setting was very nice, and the day’s experiences ran through my head as I drifted off to sleep. Can tomorrow possibly match up? Stay Tuned…

Later, Phil
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Ford Fairmont taxi that took us to…
Ford Fairmont taxi that took us t…
Loading into the six-seater Cessna…
Loading into the six-seater Cessn…
I get a close up view of all the i…
I get a close up view of all the …
Approaching Canaima and look at al…
Approaching Canaima and look at a…
Getting in a bit closer to the Can…
Getting in a bit closer to the Ca…
The hammock deck at the Tiuna Lodg…
The hammock deck at the Tiuna Lod…
View from the hammock deck towards…
View from the hammock deck toward…
A couple of huge Macaws in the tre…
A couple of huge Macaws in the tr…
Checking out the Canaima Lagoon a …
Checking out the Canaima Lagoon a…
Heading out on the tour.  Picture …
Heading out on the tour. Picture…
Going behind Salto El Sapo (Toad F…
Going behind Salto El Sapo (Toad …
It is really wet back there!
It is really wet back there!
I try to blend in with the falls, …
I try to blend in with the falls,…
View from behind Salto Hacha.
View from behind Salto Hacha.
Another picture of me...  I am get…
Another picture of me... I am ge…
Little pet parrot back at the lodg…
Little pet parrot back at the lod…
View from the top of the lodge wit…
View from the top of the lodge wi…
Canaima
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