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.
After our holiday in a holiday thanks to Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, it was time to start travelling through the land of stunning variety that Venezuela has to offer. Andean peaks, endless Caribbean coastline, idyllic offshore islands, wetlands, grasslands and table top mountains, although a country marred by its political and economical continuing downfalls, we were in for a treat.
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…”
Well, we were supposed to be stopping for the day in Natividade, we were all shattered as bush camp accidentally found us in a garage turned local disco where music was pounding, vibrating the tents until about 5am the next morning. Earplugs didn’t help. Everything was shut in Natividade so we voted to leave early for our next destination.
After leaving the hustle and bustle of the city, arriving into Lençois was quiet the change, narrow cobbled streets, colourful houses, low electricity cables and little clue of where the campsite was made for some challenging moves but in true Scott style we arrived safe and sound.
The east coast of Brazil gives us time to relax, chilling out on some of the worlds best beaches, first stop was a small fishing town called Itaunas and for a change there was not a lot on the agenda. En route was the first of 5 birthdays all in a couple of weeks, so I cooked Andy his choice of curry.