Venezuela 2016 blog

July 30, 2017
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The chocolate porter

Our porters on the journey are all from the local tribe of Pemon Indians.  Pemon translates literally as ‘human being’ which seems both proud and modest […]
November 12, 2016
The Lost World

In the Lost World

The real adventure begins when our gear is loaded into 4X4s for the 20km journey to the start of the trek.  The Pemon people manage the […]
September 4, 2016
Mount Roraima

How Roraima got its name

Once there was a time when the animals and the humans knew the same language and they could all understand each other.  And at that time […]
August 31, 2016
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Poison darts, murder and gold

At Ciudad Bolivar we pause to examine Jimmy Angel’s plane, rescued from a tepui top from where he crash landed in the 30’s shortly after he […]
August 29, 2016
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Chocolate trees, wombles and maggots

The eight hour drive to the Gran Sabana offers the prospect of getting to know our travelling companions a little better and Manuel and Doug provide […]
August 27, 2016
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Murder, cash and a decent burger – welcome to Venezuela

“Caracas – murder capital of the world!” trumpet the uncomforting headlines.  According to the Daily Mail we would be two times safer in Baghdad than we […]
August 5, 2016
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Allan Boroughs is in the jungle – he may be some time…

How much adventure is too much?  It’s a question I ask myself again as I prepare to leave for 3 weeks in the Venezuelan jungles.  I […]
May 4, 2016
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There may be dinosaurs!

In 1908 the adventurer, explorer, cartographer, fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and occasional spy, Perceval Harrison Fawcett, visited the great sandstone plateaus of the Franco […]