Travel Tuesdays: La Gran Sabana

By dusanabotswana On December 20th, 2011

Strangely enough, just like on our Choroni trip, money seriously fell into our laps. This time Jonny received exactly the amount for the week-long trip (which was way cheaper than if we’d tried to go on our own, and probably cheaper than just living in Caracas). In Venezuela they have this thing called “liquidation.” Basically any time someone leaves a job they get a nice little sum, even if they quit. We weren’t expecting anything significant, and were budgeting for such, when all of the sudden, we get a paycheck probably worth more than his monthly salary (a Venezuelan salary, don’t overestimate that ; ).

So again we used the excuse of not wanting to go back home with bolivares and lose money, and blew it all on a once in a lifetime trip! This time was extra special though, since it was somewhere Jonny had been wanting to go his whole life- La Gran Sabana (“The Great Plains”- a region in Venezuela that used to be connected to Africa way back when, hence completely non-Caribbean-looking vegetation, and famous for the highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls ).

We didn’t quite make it to Angel Falls. Ok, actually not even close, since it would have required a helicopter ride way out of our price range or a week-long guided hiking trip, also out of our price range, but we were relatively close! Plus we saw so many other awesome waterfalls in the process I don’t think I even mind if I never see Angel Falls.



This is one of my favorites from the whole trip- the plains, the straw-roofed houses, and the “tepuis” (really old plateaus) in the back.


Jurrasic park was filmed here, below us! Seriously.






The coolest part about this region is that you’d never expect a huge waterfall to be near; they pop up out of nowhere!


It was hilarious seeing the things we stopped to look at, like this monument. We looked at it long enough to burst out laughing and then ogled at the view around the corner; even the red-hued dirt fascinated us.



These pictures don’t nearly do justice to this incredible waterfall!

Salto Aponwao

Even the water had a magical look to it, but maybe I’m just exaggerating everything; it seriously is an extraordinary and unique place though!




And stay tuned for part II next week! Jonny was so offended that I was even trying to smash everything from that week into one post, and clearly that would have been impossible; this post is picture-heavy enough as it is! Hope you enjoyed it though. Oh, and Jonny forced me to take that cheeseball “over the rainbow” picture. : )


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8 Responses to “Travel Tuesdays: La Gran Sabana”

  1. Lizzy Says: December 20th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    OMG sooo pretty! That place looks amazing. I love the cheese ball rainbow pic, that is def publishing/facebook profile pic status- way awesome I’m very impressed girl!

  2. shannon Says: December 20th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Looks like a great trip!

  3. Celynne Says: December 21st, 2011 at 4:57 am

    That rainbow picture is awesome! I’d have forced you to take it too. These are great photos… I’m actually planning on eventual trip to Venezuella! I have a friend who lives there now and she and I are supposed to go to Angel Falls. But I am starting to realize that it might be way more economical to hit up less famous falls like you guys did. It’s a long way from Canada for me though.

  4. Meg Says: December 21st, 2011 at 8:24 am

    so cool! Jurassic park?! Crazy. You guys travel so much I can’t keep track of the million places you’ve been. I wish we had “liquidation” in the US…I would’ve been rich a few years ago!!

  5. Linda Says: December 22nd, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Oh my gosh, the waterfalls are spectacular & so gorgeous. So wonderful to receive the ‘windfall’ & be able to travel there. How often would the ”somewhere over the rainbow’ picture have a chance to happen?

  6. bethany kellen Says: December 25th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    oh my gosh! this trip looks amazing seriously.

  7. rose jp Says: December 26th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    that most beautiful place…I love nature
    kisses rose jp

  8. Yonathan Says: December 26th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I always love that picture of you by the rainbow. La Gran Sabana really is one of Venezuela’s most beautiful and unique places, great post.

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