We had a 6am pick up from the hotel for the 40 minute drive to Quito’s new airport, without having a clue who we were flying with or what time, we just followed the G Adventures representative. Tax paid and bags checked in, we just sat and waited for our flight to San Cristobol, eeeeek off to the Galapagos we go!!
Completing the hike in four days meant that we wouldn’t miss any time in Cartagena, so the next morning our natural body clocks woke us up early, we’d been up at 5am for the last four days. After breakfast it was time to explore the town that we knew very little about, our first real insight into Columbia.
So this is the final of the top 12 highlights of South America which we were trying to complete, Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for “Lost City”) I wanted to put a bit of the history mainly so we don’t forget, so here goes…
Mérida is situated in the foothills of the Andean mountain range, hosting the countries highest point, Pico Bolivar and the slightly lower Pico Espejo that can be accessed by a teleférico, the world’s highest and longest cable car system. It’s the highlight of Mérida but unfortunately it has been closed for a couple of years and was still no closer to being fixed, we had to find other ways to entertain ourselves for the next couple of days.
After a descent nights sleep we were refreshed and ready to venture into the best wildlife watching destination of Los Llanos, an immense plain savanna south of the Andes. Los Llanos is Venezuela’s great repository of wildlife, particularly birds, but it is also excellent ground to get a close experience with caimans, capybaras, piranhas but more excitedly, anacondas.
Sadly we had seen our last of Brazil and it was time to visit Venezuela, the highlight for us here was going to be our 6 day hike of Mount Roraima, known as “The Lost World”. The surface of this table top mountain situated in the heart of the Gran Sabana, offers an otherworldly feel and with the views on offer, it became one of the greatest hikes we have ever experienced, no blog or photo will ever do it justice, but let’s give it a go…
With riot warnings, we expected some delays coming into Belem, we didn’t see any actual action but at times the traffic was slow. I wasn’t too sure of the hostel name, I just knew it was Hotel Amazonia or Amazonia Hostel this was actually important because the Hotel Amazonia had the following quote in the lonely planet, “Not to be confused with the hostel of nearly the same name, this cramped grim hotel etc…”