Angel Falls / Tepuis / Ciudad Bolivar

Ciudad Bolivar Travel Blog

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We left Playa Colorada to do a day's drive to Ciudad Bolivar, which is the base for getting to Angel Falls. We took a new route that included a massive bridge and saved over 4 hours, so we managed to get in during the afternoon rather than at dark. We set up our tents at the camp site outside of town.

The next morning we took off for Roraima National Park. We got a lift to the airport and flew about an hour in a medium sized plane to the town in the national park. We walked to a close beach and enjoyed the sun until we walked back for the provided lunch at our hostel. After lunch we took a boat ride across the water and did a small hike over to another beach which had dark brown water. We hiked and boated back to the start and then had some beers on the beach as the sun went down. It was an early night then as we had Angel Falls the next day.

After breakfast the next day we headed back to the airport to do a flight over Angel Falls. The flight was about half an hour to the falls, a quarter hour around the falls, and then half an hour back. It was a small plane and I was happy to score the front seat. The flight was absolutely stunning - the views out over the enormous expanses of landscape were a huge highlight. The area is littered with huge formations called tepuis that are areas of land that are raised up above normal ground level and with just huge cliff faces to bring them up. Angel Falls itself was flowing but was very low because it was in the dry season. It was still a sight to see as it is nearly 1km high from the ground below.

That night we had a big Mexican meal cooked up when at the last minute Dave accidentally put detergent in the huge pan of meat. We were saved thankfully because there was so much other food we had prepared.

On our last day in Ciudad Bolivar we went into town for a few hours. The city is very run down so I didn't think much of what was around.

The next day we took off towards Brazil with a full day driving. We camped at an indigenous campsite near a big waterfall. The place was teaming with locals on holiday.
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