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Jan 5, 2013 - Los Llanos

We arrived at our camp later that night. It was pretty rustic, but I liked it. It had hammocks that swung by a pond full of caimans and our cabana was like a large circus tent – it seemed really spacious after our tiny room in Merida. Plus we could choose whether we wanted to sleep in a hammock or our rather uncomfortable bed. We rotated between the two. We were serenaded to bed at night by a chorus of animals and awoke to a beautiful sunrise with scarlet ibis and roseate spoonbill wading in the caiman pond. I think the next day was the...

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Jan 4, 2013 - Travel by bus to Los Llanos

We woke up this morning early to make our 7:30 departure time for Los Llanos. Chris was feeling a little better from his travel sickness, but was grateful we had a tour bus to take us directly to our destination. We arrived to our tour company and Jorge, one of the guys who worked there said – Senora, I’m sorry, but the other two people on your trip have cancelled. They were sick and decided they couldn’t go. I stared at Jorge in disbelief as there was a motorcycle rally happening in Merida starting today and there appeared to be no lodging...

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Jan 3, 2013 - PN Sierra Nevada

We took a day trip to PN Sierra Nevada today because I’m always interested in seeing the national parks. Plus Chris wasn’t feeling well so we decided going somewhere close where we could take it easy would be good. It was actually very easy to get there from Merida – all we had to do was take a bus and then a jeep. I think it cost a total of about $3 for us both round trip. The park was beautiful. We hung out by the Rio Corromoto for a while – Chris was sleeping, trying to recover from whatever Montezuma had sent him. Then we walked up the...

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Jan 2, 2013 - Mountain biking in Merida, Venezuela

New Year's day was quiet in Venezuela. We spent part of the day traveling from caracas to Merida. The Caracas airport was actually quite friendlier to navigate than I expected, but Giovanna suggested that we arrive early as Jan. 1 could be a big travel day. In fact all days around Christmas and New Year's are big travel days in Venezuela so if you are planning a trip, book your flights early (like several months early). We were glad we had tickets - it definitely eliminated stress. Thus far, we have run into nobody but kind people in...

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Feb 17, 2011 - Merida

Easy taxi to terminal, this time the correct price of 12b! The bus for Merida leaves almost as soon as we get on 8am. But instead of the one hour we were led to believe it takes two to get there...huge amt of traffic, still a bit of rain and we pass a small landslide which has narrowed the two lanes to one (guys out there w/ shovels). We go thru one of the longest tunnels that we've been thru in South America, I'd guess over 5 km at least. Finally, in Merida we walk from bus stop (got to take a city bus 3 km from where travel bus terminal...

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Dec 22, 2009 - Merida

Merida is often referred to as Venezuela´s adventure sports capital. I decided to have a go at paragliding while I was here. On xmas eve, as the sun was setting, I ran and jumped off the top of a 1600m high mountain. It felt bizarre doing this and I was extremely relieved that the instructor, who was safely in situ behind me, had fastened all the equipment correctly. I then had 35 minutes of gliding as the sun set behind the mountains that surround the city of Merida. This was an awesome experience. I was pretty ill on xmas day but I did...

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Dec 4, 2009 - Over the border to Venezuela

Our adventure continues. We took a bus that would transport us from Santa Marta to Maracaibo in Venezuela. It took most of the day and we were accompanied by one of our Ciudad Perdida companions. It was pretty uneventful. We arrived in Maracaibo some time around 11 o´clock when the bus stopped on the freeway to drop us off in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere. Luckily the bus driver helped us get a taxi to the bus station. Venezuelans, it turned out, are very friendly and helpful people. We were worried that Chavez´s 8 hour...

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Aug 7, 2009 - Merida

Nous voici donc en route vers notre seconde ville du Venezuela, Merida. Sur les routes, il y a toujours beaucoup de traffic. Il faut dire que dans ce pays l’essence revient moins chere que l’eau, donc tout le monde roule en voiture. Dans le bus, nous faisons la rencontre de Jefferson, un jeune venezuelien de notre âge. Nous restons dans un petit hotel. Durant notre cinq jours ici nous fairons tous les jours des activités avec Jefferson, sa copine Angelica, et des amis: comme la fete d'anniversaire de leur ami Rebeca, un pic nic dans la...

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Jul 1, 2009 - Bumming around Merida

Paragliding is a tempermental sport at this time of the year in Merida. Fairly precise conditions are required and prevail most of the year which is why Merida is such a great place to paraglide. However, in the rainy season, it’s more difficult to pinpoint the exact right conditions and makes it tough to guarantee if you will be able to paraglide on any given day. There are two windows of opportunity – at around 8 am and then again around 5pm. Arassari Trek would let us know around 7:00 am if the morning option was good and then again...

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Jun 30, 2009 - Canyoning adventure near Mérida

The day dawns grey and overcast as Dan, Adrian and Robin all prepare to go on their day of canyoning. Canyoning was described as climbing, hiking and rappelling down a canyon and through waterfalls. Not for the faint of heart, and not for me! I spent the day puddling around Mérida in the pouring rain and working on this tripjournal at the internet cafe. Details on the canyoning to follow........... Canyoning, by Dan. This was one of the most adventurous days I have had, and a great bonding experience with the boys. We leave early in a 4x4...

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Jun 29, 2009 - Merida

We arrived in Merida, located in the northern tip of the Andes Mountain range. Merida is a small university town of about 300,000 people and is the centre of adventure tourism in Venezuela. We made our way to our posada, La Casona de Margot, where we settled into a comfortable quad room. We plan to be based in Merida for the better part of a week so our mission for the day was to check into local tour companies and the options they could provide us with. But, of course, we first needed to eat. Our guide book described the restaurant La...

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Jan 5, 2009 - Vuelta de Venezuela

(To see these photos up close, run your mouse over the bottom left corner of the slideshow and click on Venezuela. This will...

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