This photograph was taken in 2007 behind the Hacha Falls waterfall in Venezuela. The ferocity of the water meant it was dangerous to take a photograph anywhere else. It was difficult to see and slippery underfoot too so standing behind a curtain of water was terrifying initially. Incredible once your legs became less jelly-like though even if you did only have wet rocks for support.
Our trip to Venezuela was scheduled from start to finish. It had been recommended we change our money on the black market though to get a better rate. In a complete contrast to Bureau de Change, our exchange took place in a car park at Caracas airport. Afterwards we went by taxi to a guarded hotel in the city where we enjoyed a good night’s sleep before heading to the Venezuelan jungle the following day.
The Canaima National Park is located in the Bolivar State of Venezuela. It’s occupied by plateaus of rock called tepuis – a kind of plateau that is millions of years old with vertical walls and almost flat tops. The cliffs and waterfalls result in spectacular landscapes although the park is relatively remote. Transport there is via light plane, foot or canoe.
The 12,000 sq mile park is home to the indigenous Pemon Indians. The Pemon camp we stayed in was basic but we did secure a hut with bunk beds next to the jungle. Although still open to the elements, I was thankful for not having to sleep in a hammock. We took ear plugs with us too so we couldn’t hear what was going on around us at night.
Although located in an isolated jungle, Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions. It is the World’s highest uninterrupted waterfall at 3211ft. The trek to the lookout point took some time in seriously hot temperatures but we did it with a Chilean family and our Pemon guide. All of whom we’d got to know fairly well.
As well as Hacha Falls above and Angel Falls, we also got to walk behind the immense Sapo Falls. This is the photograph in the What’s The Story? linky post. It was exhilarating and yet utterly petrifying, I thought I was going to slip off the ledge and die on several occasions. It is thought this is the waterfall Daniel Day-Lewis walked behind in Last of the Mohicans though and that is pretty special.