Angel Fall Roraima Mountain

Boy was she glad we had a moskito-net on us looking upward on all those insects above.

Luck Duck Sheila in Venezuela jungle camp at Roraima 1997 at Angel Falls worlds highest waterfall.

We had fun, pointing with our torch towards the addic and all the critters there.

We had fun, watching the other guests while well prepared pointing with our torch towards and under the roof and all the critters there, insects among them as long as my hand. We fortunately had a mosquito net, others didn’t.

After staying a view days on Margarita Island flying into and over the “Llanos del Orinoco” (wetland, plains, jungle) in small airplanes (20 seats) landing on sandy runways in the middle of the jungle on the way to Canaima was quite an adventure. The locals on the plane crossed oneselves before starting on Margarita Island. Flying out of Canaima in an old Tupolev on the way to Merida in the Anden mountains was wild too as wind was coming through a little gap at the door. But the plane was flying low, so there was no problem. The bonus was an extra view of the Angel Falls whose foam smashed into Sheila’s face the day before when she visited the bottom of it. (world highest waterfall) Sheila  also went to Caracas but had to stay in the hotel because Caracas was too dangerous. In fact there was an attempt to rob me at daytime on the street in the center but I could get away unharmed. Later Sheila also visited the “Cuevas del Guacharo” near “Caripe” with some strange birds who live there. Venzuela is a very diverse cuntry.


Venezuela 1997

Luck Duck Sheila went up to the top of the Merida Gondola Cableway. The first time she went on a tour which took her on the back side of the mountain  first stage with a jeep only centimeters away from dizzling abysses. The last meters of that stage the whole group walked because the dirt road along the slope  didn’t look like it could support all of us and the jeep. The driver looked relieved too. The rest of the way on the next day after staying in a mountain village Sheila rode on a Mule like a Gaucho. Later she also rode up again with the gondola cableway itself.

Known as the worlds longest funicular; accident in 1991 with caualties ; closed down at the moment maybe reopening in 2013

Luck Duck Sheila in Venezuela 1997 at Merida funicular

As I read Oktober 2013, the gondola cableway  is shut down but currently rebuilt by the Swiss company Doppelmayr. 73 % are done but it takes more time than originally expected. The Merida-Funicular is also known for a deadly accident (one of the iron cables broke in 1991, Nobember 24) causing several casualties. The Merida airport is dangerous too because it is situated in the middle of the mountains surrounded by high, sheer mountain faces and the runway has a significant descent. I don’t even know if it is still open, it was closed after an accident as far as I know. I myselve and Sheila on the way out had to change to a bus which drove all passengers to the next town because the plane couldn’t start in Merida as the wind came from the wrong direction as we were leaving. It took me a while to understand the situation and Sheila and me almost missed the bus.

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