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!
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. : )