The Gran Sabana

Santa Elena Travel Blog

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Tepui in the background - shaped like a sleeping indian!

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 (!).

The national park is a protected area for indiginous peoples ad alot of money has been put into the tribe villages to ensure tradition is continued (one positive thing we saw from Chavezś government!).

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!

We stayed at the The Backpackers Hotel not recommended! v moody manager and poor service, we didnt sleep in the bed sheets as we believed they hadnt been changed! Unbelievibly when we return to our hotel after our day trip an old school friend (Rachel Morris for any former Manners readers) was sitting in our hotels internet cafe! We couldnt believe the coincidence as its such a tiny town!

On Friday we left for Manaus, heading into the jungle, watch out for spiders in the next blog!

enjoy the pics!

xx xx

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Tepui in the background - shaped l…
Tepui in the background - shaped …
Tepui in the distance
Tepui in the distance
Native stone pile
Native stone pile
Andy!
Andy!
Emma getting eaten alive!
Emma getting eaten alive!
Santa Elena
photo by: razorriome