Early in the morning, we head for the airport Ciudad Bolívar. Our flight in a bush plane lasts some 90 minutes, crossing the Gran Sabana, raging torrents and colorful Indian villages until finally the first table mountains appear on the horizon. Tension mounts! Our pilot checks the weather, hoping we will be lucky. Then the plane comes out from behind the clouds and all of a sudden it is there, below us: Salto Angel, the largest waterfall on earth! We take a quick shot with our cameras and dive again into the clouds. Flying to the Indian settlement of Kavac, with the roofs of houses and huts covered with palm tree branches and by far the most beautiful canyon of the national park. We start our exploration into the impressive canyon.
Unimposing and untouched, it lies in front of us: Kavac Canyon with its gorgeous waterfalls. Those who like may take a swim in the canyon to approach the 40 m high waterfall. Exhausted but happy, in the evening we return to our small beds or hammocks hanging in the simple round huts.
From Kavac driving to Kamarata in the Indians’ open pickup vehicle we get to the banks of Rio Akanan. We embark on a motorized dugout and together with our friends, the Pemon Indians continue through many minor rapids to Camp Arenal. Underway there is yet another surprise: Out of nothing appears a DC-3 aircraft. We stop and get to know the incredible story of how the plane got here. Overnight in a small camp arenal in front of the Wey Tepui.
Through more rapids we ride on to the Angel Fall base camp. One highlight follows another. Hike through the deepest of jungles to the waterfall basin. We bathe under an almost 1,000 m tall shower. After this unique experience, we head to Salto Sapo passing by Mayupa Rapids. We hike around the giant Sapo waterfall and bathe at marvelous beaches. Then, after days in the wild, in Canaima, only reachable by plane or dugout, we are back in contact with civilization. The Indian village has some 1,200 inhabitants, which makes it the largest village in the 30,000 km² national park, one of the largest in the world. In 1994, UNESCO declared it a World Natural Heritage Site. Simple beds and a bath with shower await us.
Time flies. Today morning you can enjoy some free time on your own. For example, you can relax at the lagoon of Canaima, visit the village of Canaima or get some souvenirs of this unforgettable trip. In the afternoon, the bush plane takes us back to Ciudad Bolívar. We are back to the bustling streets of South American vitality. Ciudad Bolívar, a town caught between Caribbean serenity and frantic commercial life. Overnight in the hotel of our trip’s first night in Ciudad Bolívar or transfer to Puerto Ordaz where you can catch the plane to Margarita or Caracas.