The highest waterfall in the world!
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We booked the Angel Falls trips through Roberto at Mystic in Santa Elena, but it turned out he just passed us onto Luis at Adrenaline Adventures in Cuidad Bolivar. Still, we only paid 1600 BsF (GBP180), which was less than some other people, and Luis picked us up from the bus terminal and took us straight the airport ready for our tour. The main starting point for trips to Angel Falls is a little village called Canaima, but it isn´t accessible by road, so you have to fly. We boarded out little 10 seater Britten-Norman Islander plane and I for one was smiling from ear to ear - I love small planes, especially when you can see everything the pilots do, it makes the journey so more real.
We got to Canaima after flying for an hour over the savannah, a great flight with terrific views. We touched down to be greeted by our guide, Freddy, who had a very strange stuttering control of English - I wondered who he had learned it from! We had to wait for Toby, Sandra, Jochen and Frank from Germany who were joining Ralf, Judith and I on the trip (Will and Pat had gone straight to Merida as they´d already done Angel Falls). There were some problems with the flights so they didn´t arrive until about 12pm, but Freddy soon told us we would be heading straight out on the boat up to Angel Falls, rather than staying the night in Canaima.
Its a long 4 hour boat ride in a pirogue (dug out canoe) up the camp near Salto Angel (Angel Falls). It really was sore arse time as the boats have little comfort! Just wooden planks! Thankfully, after a couple of hours, Freddy allowed us to sit on our life jackets which provided some restbite. Its a great journey up the river, as you whizz past the tepuis which look so dominant in the landscape. There are some great little rapids to cross as well, so it really feels like an adventure and does mean that we got a bit wet! The camp has an amazing location, with a viewing point directly opposite Angel Falls, so we had some great photo opportunities as soon as we got there. The camp is pretty cool (if a little cramped by the time the Japanese party got there!) and they set our hammocks up for the night.
Tuesday was the trek up the Falls themselves.
We headed back to camp for some lunch, at which point both Frank and I got stung by a horsefly which was pretty damn painful! Freddy then got us together to get the pirogue back to Canaima.
Suitably refreshed by a good night´s sleep and with my foot not so swollen, I headed down to breaky to see the others. Good stuff it was too, nice pancakes with ham and eggs! Before flying back we had time to go and see El Sapa falls which are about 25 minutes from Canaima lagoon - brilliant fun as you can actually walk behind the waterfall, which I have never done before and is a bizarre experience (although not great if you wear contact lenses as your eyes get soaked with water, so its difficult to see where you´re going) - we had good craic hanging around and getting some photos.
We flew back to C.B. at around lunchtime, and I managed to blag the seat next to the pilot - absolutely loved it! Couldn´t believe that a plane could take off at only 70mph! Had great views all the way back and just loved taking it all in - I´ve decided that one day I want to be a pliot and own my own little plane! And so, on returning we got our main packs back from Luis and I said my farewells to the Germans and to Ralf and Judith - has been great travelling with them for a week or so, so I´m looking forward to seeing them in Amsterdam one day! They´re now off to the coast, while I head onto Merida.
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