The Gran Sabana
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We arrived in Santa Elena, only 15km from the Brazilan border on the night bus from Puerto la Cruz at 6am-ish local time. Its a large village/ small town but was very charming and one of the best places to explore the National Park of the Gran Sabana from.
The Gran Sabana is a very beautiful many because of its Tepui which are table top mountains which reach into the sky. Surrounding the Tepui are flat planes which flood in their summer and have fantatsic waterfalls - see photos.
We only did a one day trip from here as it was alittle more expensive and also because it hadnt been part of our plan in terms of time, but it seemed a day was all we needed. We went with one of the local tour guides who took us to no less than 8 waterfalls in the day (!).
When you see the photos youll see the day started beautifully and we bathed in a couple of the waterfalls, however by the afternoon we were experiencing the full force of the on coming rainy season. And with the rain came the Pui Pui - nasty invisible biting midges and the dreaded sand flies, Emma got eaten alive as they had one taste of Andy and decided he wasn`t sweet enough! We have discovered that some times it doesnt matter how much deet you wear and how many clothes, they will bite through anything!
On Friday we left for Manaus, heading into the jungle, watch out for spiders in the next blog!
enjoy the pics!