Feelin' HOT HOT HOT!
03.10.2008 - 16.10.2008 38 °C
From Quito, we took a flight to Caracas, Venezuela. It was our first non-surface travel but was necessary because time is ticking away and there was a big ol' Colombia in our way. We had planned to leave Caracas immediately for Isla Margarita since Caracas isn't supposed to be very nice and is quite dangerous, but our flight was delayed. As a result, we spent one night in Caracas and headed for the island the next day. We spent the first few days in the small town of Juan Griego. The beach in town is just your average, beautiful, aqua marine Carribean beach, but the beach about 30 mins walk down the road was SPECTACULAR! Soft, white sand and warm blue waters. I now understand why my mother, who grew up in Trinidad, always has a hard time jumping into frigid, Ontario lakes. We spent a few days there lazing on the beach and then moved to another beach to laze some more. We decided to splurge a little on a nice hotel in the town of El Agua. For the next three days, we enjoyed every amenity to the max -especially the buffet breakfast!
From Isla Margarita we headed by boat and then bus to Ciudad Bolivar. It is a quiet little city with brightly coloured buildings. They seem to especially like pink. It was there we arranged a tour to Angel Falls -the highest falls in the world at 980m tall! The falls are deep in the jungle so the only way to get near then is to fly to a small town near-by, Canaima. The flight was pretty exciting! It was a 5 seater plane and we got great jungle, mountain and river views and not too much turbulance. Josh got to be co-pilot. After we landed in Canaima, we hopped in a motorised canoe and headed up river for 4 hours. Our driver was amazing and successfully navigated us by all the rocks and rapids we encountered. The scenery was incredible too! We were surrounded by table top mountains and jungle. After 4 hours in the boat, we had an hour hike through the forest to get close to the falls. Wow! They were so tall and so amazing! It was hard to grasp the true scale, however. We even swam in one of its pools about 2/3 of the way down. A great experience! That night we slept in hammocks in the forest and headed back to town by boat in the morning. After lunch, we toured some of the other amazing waterfalls in the area. We walked behind the "Sapo" waterfall and we have never experienced being so drenched! There was so much water it felt like it might push your eyes out of their sockets! I'm not sure if that is an actual risk. It was a wonderful excursion! the next morning we got back into the tiny plane and putt putted back to Ciudad Bolivar.