zaterdag 30 juli 2005

back from the tour to Los Llanos (the Venezuelan planes) and the Andes

back from the tour to Los Llanos (the Venezuelan planes) and the Andes. An unforgettable experience. I don´t have so much time to write right now, but I will give a quick impression:
a 4 day tour, first day:
We left for a rafting camp on the border of the Andes and Los Llanos (Barinas). Very long bus ride with stopping on the way. a.o. a very nice small stone church (I will try to include some pictures next time in this blog...) and of course an unforgettable view from the bus in the Andes!!
The rafting was great, I never did it before and we had great time. We spend our first night in the rafting camp and it was very relaxed. This day should havebeen the last day in the original tour but now it was the first day because of some logistic reasons. The last days were very hectic. But today was great. We walked around, saw lots of birds (The Llanos has about 1300 kinds of birds!) and had a great meal with, of course, beef, grilled very well!

Second day:
We left at 700 in the morning for the Apure river, the little village San Vicente. On the way was Petroglyphs (spelling?) , symbols and pictures made in stone from pre Columbian times, nobody knows exactly when. On the road we had a very good beef lunch (can´t see beef anymore!) in a little camp beside the road where some heavy winds appeared and blew a lot of sand in our food. For a moment I thought it was going to be a hurricane, with Dennis just having left the area. In San Vicente we did a boat trip in the late afternoon and evening and saw leguanas, snakes, lots of very exotic birds (a.o. a living fossile, a very old bird that looks very strange) and the highlight: sweet water dolphines. Grey pinkish big dolphins that swam besides the boat. Unbelievable!

Next time I´ll write about the 3rd and 4th days.

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