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Explore Venezuela 2005
Follow our reports here during our expedition into
Venezuela's wildest areas! We will be visiting the High Andes in the Merida
area. Then going to the Gran Sabana region and visiting Canaima and the
spectacular Angel Falls! After this we have several days trekking in the cloud
forest region along the north coast. A very unique trip into the most
interesting regions of Venezuela. We will be posting reports
and photos here daily following our progress.
Live from Venezuela! Most recent
reports at top!
On our way Home!
Febuary 2nd, 2005
In Caracas now with one more day left to check out La
Avila, another National Park just north of Caracas! This is just on the
outskirts of the huge metropolitain center of 7 million people, yet is complete
and total jungle. Venezuela has one of the highest percentages of lands that are
protected as National Parks in the world, La Avila is a good example! Tomorrow
we are all flying back home. It's been a fantastic trip. We really could not
have seen or experienced more on this 2 week adventure!
Scott Woolums reporting from Caracas, Venezuela.
Choroni and Henry Pittier
January 31st, 2005
Following a magic stay in Canaima, we flew yesterday to
Caracas, then drove to the beach area of Choroni which borders the Henry Pittier
National Park and some awesome jungle trekking. We have 3 days to explore the
various trails near here and relax some after a lot of travel in the last week.
We just returned today from Ranch Grande, a old, nearly deserted research
station in the thick Montaine Forest near the pass that offers some outstanding
trails to see the cloud forest. Literally hundreds of different kinds of birds
everywhere. Every color you can imagine!
Scott Woolums reporting from Choroni, Venezuela!
Into Angel Falls Today!
January 29th, 2005
What an adventure! Some seriously high water in the
rivers made for some exciting moments. Fortunately we had a very good river boat
team that got us in and out of there safely. Earlier this morning one boat with
13 people on board capsized in one of the many rapids going in, everyone was ok,
but more than a few cameras were lost. Low clouds and some rain this morning
limited our visibility of the falls, but even on a nice day it would be hard to
see as there is so much water coming off the top of Auyan tepui and falling over
3000 vertical feet, crashing on the rocks below! It's remarkable to see this,
especially when there is a lot of water. We hiked as close as you can and were
being blasted by 50 mph sheets of water from the falls today!
Later down on Raton Island, we had a much better view of the falls as the clouds
cleared for a short while. It rains every day of the year on the tp of the
In Canaima and the Amazing
January 28th, 2005
Just arrived in Canaima! What a wonderful place! Went
for a short dugout canoe ride over to Hacha Falls where we hike right behind the
falls, getting fairly wet!. Lots of fun. Then a short hike over to Sapo Falls
where again the trail actually goes behind the waterfall.
Tomorrow we have organized a boat trip into the base of Angel Falls. We are
lucky as normally this is the dry season and there is not enough water in the
Rio Carrao to allow boats to get all the way up to Angel Falls or Salto Angel as
it's know here.
Watch from more reports to how things go tomorrow!
Scott Woolums reporting from the Canaima Lagoon Beach, Venezuela!
Back from our trek in the Sierra
Jan 27th, 2005
Just down from 4 days trekking in the Sierra Nevada
mountains. Very good weather now. Spectacular day yesterday trekking over the
Alto de Las Cruz. Up to 13,500 ft. with great views of Pico Boliva and Espejo.
Today we came down thru the forest zone, actually very thick jungle. Fascinating
environment! We stayed in the wonderful small village of Los Navados 2 nights
ago. Quite a place in the high Andes here!
Now tomorrow we are off to Canaima and Angel Falls. More soon!
Scott Woolums reporting from Merida, Venezuela!
Were in Caracas!
January 22nd, 2005
Hello everyone! Just arrived in Caracas, Venezuela with
a super trip ahead here. We are off tomorrow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in
the Merida area. 4 days of trekking around Pico Boliva. Watch for reports here
over the next week as we see and explore the best of Venezuela!
Scott Woolums reporting from Caracas, Venezuela!
January 18th, 2005
This could be one of the most interesting and diverse
countries to check out. We are off to Venezuela for our Explore Venezuela
expedition, meeting in Caracas January 23rd, 2005! Amazingly contrasting areas
we plan to visit. From the cloud forests to the beach, from the Amazon Jungle to
16,000 ft. high Sierra Nevada Mountains at the very northern tip of the Andes!
This place pretty much has it all! In only a short trip we have put together a
way to see absolutely the best places in Venezuela. Watch here as we work our
way across Venezuela to see and experience this country between the Caribbean
and the Amazon Jungle!
Scott Woolums Reporting.