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  • 10

    VENEZUELA: THE LOST WORLD & ANGEL FALLS

    If this trip is not on every trekkers "bucket list" it should be! One should not compare trips but for me Kala Pattar and Kilimanjaro were "cake" Roraima (not to be missed) was the "icing"!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After leaving the last basecamp for the climb up to the top of Roraima and standing on the summit. It was not an easy "walk up" nor was it a technical climb. Nevertheless I felt as if I had "earned" that feeling of triump on the top!  Definitly a "Feel More Alive" moment" of my life!  The summit plateau was the most mystical, magical place I have ever seen. A constatnly changing "light show", fog, mist, sometimes sun, revealed more mysteries than we had time to explore. There seemed to be a primal energy that could only be felt.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I greatly appreicated and enjoyed her relaxed but efficient leadership style.  She has lived in Venezuela for 35 year and it was apparent that she had a genuine joy, love and knowledge of the area we traveled.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would recommend hiking hills for conditioning and be sure your hiking boots are well broken in before this trek. Hiking poles could be useful crossing the two rivers but not so on the actual steep climb and descent. I did find it useful to have a piece of thin foam or similar materail to sit on for meals.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I brought too many "power bars" and dried food. The food served was always more than enough. I love food and the meals prepared by our porters and leader were generous and tasty, something to look forward to  3 times a day.  A special treat once down form the 5 day trek was a wonderful buffet lunch brought from Santa Elena, the closest town. I could not help but notice that other tourists in the vicinity glancing our way had "Exodus Envy"! Thanks Exodus for an unforgettable experience and memories.

  • 10

    VENEZUELA: THE LOST WORLD & ANGEL FALLS

    Beyond my expectation! First time travelling with Exodus. Packed in so much and really felt like you were getting a look at the culture and not the tourist surface. Mt. Roraima was a great achievement, the views on the top out of this world, and Angel Falls spectacular.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our day atop Roraima, it poured with rain and we were stuck in it. By the time we got back to camp we were all drenched and out of dry socks. However, the sky started to clear and Elke made us go back to the viewpoint. When we arrived the clouds cleared and the rainforest stretched out before us. The fantastic views made it all worth the effort. We had a beautiful sunset and sat watching the stars. We were so glad that Elke made us go back out, it turned the day around.

    What did you think of your group leader?

     Guide was fantastic and had a palpable adoration for Mt Roraima and the rainforest. Elke took everything in her stride, like getting stuck in a protest for 12 hours on a bus, and looked after us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The climb up to Roraima is tough and requires the use of your hands, however, the summit is definitely worth it. If you want to see Angel Falls at it's most spectacular then be sure to go in the wet season! But accept that you will get drenched, re-waterproof your boots and bring plenty socks! Venezuela can be a bit temperamental, for example, the protest I mentioned, where we were stuck for 12 hours, however, our guide and driver were brilliant and eventually we got to our destination. You just have to take it in your stride and listen to your guide. But if you live by strict deadlines and can't handle a slight change in itinerary then maybe re-think your destination. Make sure you have plenty water purification tablets, although you can buy some whilst you are there. Speaking as someone who got a pretty nasty upset stomach one night, I would advise taking some re-hydration sachets and plenty Imodium. Lastly, just be aware what you are signing up for, you will not have access to a shower, you will bathe in the river, you will have a toilet tent and the climb up Roraima could make you think 'What am I doing!', maybe, maybe not, however, if you're willing to do this, it is absolutely worth it. Just be aware that if you don't like camping and cannot go three days without a shower, then this may not be for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I will definitely use Exodus again, that says it all.

  • 10

    VENEZUELA: THE LOST WORLD & ANGEL FALLS

    I would highly recommend this for someone considering something a little bit off the beaten trail.  There is a fair bit of travelling involved, but being able to walk in such spectacular scenery without being swamped by hordes of other travellers definitely makes it worthwhile. I also quite liked the fact that there is more to the trip than just the trek - a few days exploring Canaima and travelling up river to Angel Falls made it seem like a few holidays rolled into one.  The guide and support crew were all fantastic and - along with my fellow travellers - helped make the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Peeking my head over the edge of Roaima mountain - a sheer kilometre drop which is not for the faint hearted.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our group leader and the other support staff were great.  I was initially quite surprised that we didn't have a local Venezuelen tour leader, but Elke has lived there for thirty years which means she knows the place like a local but can also have a bit of distance to discuss the objectively.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes don't include any reference to water purification tablets so we ended up scrambling around to find some at the airport.  There is plenty of fresh waterfall water if you want to risk it (which many of us did - with mixed digestive results) and the guide does have a central store, but having your own would give you a bit more flexibility in terms of grabbing some top-ups along the way. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it - well worth the trip!

  • 10

    VENEZUELA: THE LOST WORLD & ANGEL FALLS

    After quickly leaving Caracas, we explored a country of amazing waterfalls, vast almost empty savannah and stunning mountains rising with shear faced cliffs almost 1000m tall with often only a single way to reach their summits. These summits were almost flat rocky moonscapes with their own ecosystems having 70percent of plants not fund elsewhere, crystal valleys and glorious views over surrounding countries. And best of all few other tourists.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip ended with us bathing in a pool at the bottom of the Angel Falls. By the time the water had fallen almost 3000ft it was a gloruous spray which descend over rocks into the pool which we relaxed in having travelled five hours upstream by canoe shooting many rapids on the way and then ploughed for one hour through the jungle to reach this fantactic sight. Luckily the canoe had an outboard motor on the back or it would have taken a lot longer.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elker was a very knowledgeablez guide who had done this trip many times before, had lived in Venezuela for a long tome and was thoroughly familiar with all the aspects of the trip and accommodated the different expectations and competences of a very disparate group extremely well. The fact that we were such a disparate group made the experience all the more enjoyable and allowed Elker demonstrate her leadership skills to the full.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wear socks not sandals for fording the rivers, we spent about USD300 each during the trip as there were very few locally made goods which were worth buying as souvenirs. we h ired a porter for USD 200 between two of us to take our overnight kit to climb Roriama; this was in addition tp our spending money and was well worth the extra cost.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    SALTO ANGEL

    Incredible adventure through the prehistoric landscape of Cainama National Park. Hardly any other tourists around and very lucky with the weather.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Perfect sunrise at first camp on the way to Roraima, views from Roraima, first view of Angel Falls from our plane and swimming under Angel Falls.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good, organised with pilot of our airliner to swoop low over Angel Falls for free which was a real highlight.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I took a 45L backpack (small enough for airline carry on) for the trek and as a day pack and a 100L duffel bag. This worked out pretty well, although depends how much you like to take with you when backpacking. You don't have to carry packed lunch which helps. Sandals with good grip are essential when crossing rivers. Guide advised to do it in socks which also seemed to work. Long sleeves and long trousers needed for insects, especially the Puri Puri! Wide brim hat to stop sunburn from equatorial UV. Take a trail seat cushion for long boat journey to Angel Falls as cushions provided are not great on the hard wooden bench seats.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    THE LOST WORLD & ANGEL FALLS

    I thought I had booked a holiday, turned out to be an exciting adventurous challenge.  Still feels amazing 2 months on.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to pick. Our first clear view from the top of Roraima looking back down at base camp. Swimming in the pool under the Angel Falls. The crazy walk behind the waterfalls at Canaima. Sitting next to the pilot in the cessna. Wading through the river up to our thighs hoping we didn't topple in.  Viewing the star filled sky from the toilet on the top of Mount Roraima.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, extremely helpful and knew how to push us enough to get us to the top of Roraima with those heavy packs on.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Grasp every opportunity - swim in every waterfall and pool on offer. Think carefully about carrying your own pack.  All our group managed it but it certainly made the hike challenging.  If you are going in the wet season, take your coat everywhere - you never know when you'll get a massive downpour - in fact I wish I'd taken an umbrella. Pack as light as you can but don't stress if you are a couple of kg over - it's the size fitting in the plane really. Lots of dry socks is a tip we were glad we followed.  Take a really good clear and sealable bag that you can take photos through for those wet but scenic moments. Although the first 3 days are  mostly travelling the rest of the trip makes it worthwhile. Expect little or no choice for food - almost every meal was just placed in front of us.  When you take your trousers off to do the river crossings you will get bitten - if you react badly to bites consider just getting wet instead.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This adventure was amazing. The 6 day hike had breath taking views and it was so exciting to explore the top of Roraima.  It was great we had such a good amount of time on the top - we spent 8 hours exploring wondrous rockscape.  The journey to the Angel Falls was much more exciting than we had expected - keep your hands inside the boat.  Just not sure what to choose as my next holiday - it will be hard to beat.

  • 8

    THE LOST WORLD & ANGEL FALLS

    Venezuela is simply beautiful; the waterfalls breathtaking.  Relatively undeveloped from a tourist perspective which is refreshing in many ways...fairly quiet and no souvenir shops by Angel Falls or on Roraima!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking behind the falls at Sapo.  I don't know why but I have wanted to walk behind a waterfall for years and it did not disappoint; I was grinning all day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant.  Lovely disposition, enthusiastic about what he was showing us and full of information.  Compared to other trips I have been on I thought he had a heavy responsibility, sharing the driving and also making us dinner at times (which was damn good).  Clearly concerned to ensure we got there safely but also that we got a lot out of the holiday.  He does say he would love an Exodus T-shirt and/or hat so PLEASE Exodus, send him one (or several)!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The 10k weight limit is tough when you know that you have to pack for heat, cold and wet, I wouldn't scrimp on socks though as it can be tough to get walking socks dry even when hot as it can be very humid and there is nothing like clean dry socks ;-).  They don't actually weigh your luggage at the Cessna flight so you can probably get away with a few kilos over but not worth risking more than that. Take your swim gear EVERYWHERE...loads of opportunities to swim/bathe. Ladies without a handy towel holding partner may find a two piece easier to get in and out of while preserving their dignity as there are few changing areas.  Take some bio degradeable soap. Be aware that the hotel in Canaima is very basic. Cold shower and you will probably end up geting the whole bathroom and the toilet roll wet as there are no shower curtains....!  You will get bitten....nothing seems to work, even those using deet got bitten.  When in Canaima and getting booze (assuming you do), don't buy white wine..there is nowhere to chill it. If you do hire a porter, I think you could get away with a 30L daysack for the Roraima hike so you may want to do that instead of carrying a 50L rucksack up half empty!  Take a small dry bag and depending on what you you are using to carry your luggage in generally, you may want to take another lightweight bag (maybe a larger dry bag) for when you leave your excess stuff behind while on trek.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for the scenery, go for the mesmerising water, go for the unusual hike, go for the swirling clouds on top of Roraima but go.

  • 8

    THE LOST WORLD & ANGEL FALLS

    Excellent! A friend of a friend who was on the Explore equivalent remarked on how much better our equipment was for Roraima and that our group had more "get up and go". I couldn't disagree! Well organised

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent! Roberto single-handedly ran the trip very well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Nake sure that you keep warm on top of Roraima

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Angel Falls & The Lost World

    A challenging but rewarding trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Bathing in the pool at the foot of Angel falls. The top of the falls was clouded in mist &amp; cloud but then there was a break in the cloud, the sun shone through and we looked up almost 1 kilometer to the top of the tallest falls in the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good and supportive of the whole group

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take food........the food provided was often poor and repetetive

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Venezuela-A Tale of Two Trips

    It is all about the scenery. It starts with the Great Plains and the trek up Roraima Tepuy. It ends in Canaima with its lush tropical forests and the most amazing waterfalls.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Constantly looking back over the Great Plains as we worked our way up Roraima. At the end feeling like you were on top of the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Never have I seen a group leader put through all the challenges Elke had to deal with. It started on Day 2 with a nonviolent protest that blocked the highway followed later by a violent rainstorm that knocked down trees in multiple areas and thus blocking the highway. At the end of a twenty hour day she managed to have a hot meal waiting for us at our lodging. Throw in lack of cell phone coverage, a delayed flight, dealing with thefts of travelers personal items and various other normal Venezuela issues and well, we had one amazing group leader. She maintained her humor and professionalism and constantly adapted our trip to minimize the hiccups that occurred.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Start by reading Richard Lowry's August 2015 Trip Notes on this topic. Money matters--at the hotel you are advised not to exchange more than $50 US to start with. The exchange rate throughout the trip was 500-600 Bolivars to the $1 US. If you hire a porter from Roraima the cost is 36,000 Bolivars. You will have bundles of 50 &amp; 100 Bolivar notes to deal with so be prepared to carry them. You need US$ to pay for the "optional flight over Angel Falls" ($80 US) and for tipping the group leader. Bolivar currency is used for the remainder of your expenses. ( $50 &amp; $20 US notes are all you need to bring). Note airport taxes combined were 320 Bolivars, bottle water as little as 100 Bolivars, beer 200-600 Bolivars, soda 300 Bolivars and a nice meal 1500-2000 Bolivars. The trekking staff is tipped 10,000 Bolivars. The porters work hard and the money means a lot to them. For that reason I would hire (you can share one as well) to carry your heavy gear--you will enjoy the trek more and help the local economy. Trekking. For bugs use 100% deet or wear long pants and long sleeved shirts starting with first day of Roraima trek. Suggest treating all clothes with Pemethrin before the trip--it really works. Hiking poles if you are use to them but not necessary especially going up and down steep part of Roraima where you will need your hands especially if wet. A rain jacket for sure. Ponchos will only work at certain times--not good for brush or where you need to see your feet. An umbrella can be handy. 10kg limit only applies on the Cessena flights. The planes are commercial flights and carry 5 passengers plus pilot and your gear. So weight could be an issue if all seats are filled with passengers and some heavy bags. You have an option of leaving a bag at your hotel on Day 1, also at Santa Elena prior to starting the Roraima Trek. Several travelers did not received their checked baggage until after the Roraima Trek--suggest packing your carry on with essentials.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Roraima Trek is very basic camping with few luxuries. All groups use the same camping sites going up and down. Canaima seems like a resort paradise after trekking. Venezuela is a troubled country. You may not be able to purchase certain food or drink items as you progress through the trip. Leave valuables at home. Pack lightly. Exchange rates quoted above will be close enough for the Nov '15 departure. For those departing in 2016 do your own research about money and safety. Finally, go with the flow and enjoy the amazing sights.

  • 10

    The Lost World and Angel Falls

    This was an amazing trip. I think I'd only focused on the Angel Falls section but the rest of the trip was equally as fantastic! Trekking through savannah, climbing Mt Roraima and camping at the top, 6 hour boat trips in sun and phenomenal rainstorms and walking behind waterfalls.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Well....all of these include water......getting caught beneath a waterfall at the wrong moment and getting drenched with nothing else to do but laugh is something I will never forget. A true moment. Also the rainstorm whilst travelling to Angel falls in the boat was unreal!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elke........Fantastic and exceptional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes.....the volume of money you will receive is immense! I struggled to actually fit it in my bags as I had packed to the limit with the smaller recommended bag. In addition, make sure everything is in dry sacks. I had everything in my bag in 5 dry sacks which was great when we had to separate out belongings for different stages of the trip. I would recommend taking these as a minimum and if you have a small foldaway rucksack that would be useful too. The guidance about wearing socks in the waterfalls or for river crossings is worth taking notice of. The puri puri flies and mossies are limitless.....stay covered up as much as you can.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was just a tough but great trip. I don't think there has been a day since returning that I haven't thought about it.....

  • 10

    Roraima Tepuy and the Angel Falls, Solo Traveller

    Stunning scenery and excellent itinerary, let down by ancient faulty tour bus and very poor camping equipment. Single tents are tiny, and insufficient when camping in rain. No mess tent or chairs provided, so lots of standing around huddled in the cooking tent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Angel Falls is a must for any world traveler. The beauty of Roraima Tepuy a major bonus. The scenery alone makes this an excellent tour. Plenty of Waterfalls. See other reviews

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elke managed the perennial problems of travel in Venezuela well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1. Don't change any money until you arrive at Hotel. Black-market rate superb but volatile. 2. Bring cushion mat for sitting on esp. boat ride. 3. Single traveler. Unless Exodus improve the camping equipment, Don't pay single supplement: buy/bring a cheap 2 man tent, sleeping airbed/mat and camp chair. Pay porter to carry all your equipment up Roraima (only $50 at current rates). Ditch tent, and chair after Roraima (avoid 10kg limit on Cessna). Ditch airbed after Angel Fall (alternative to hammocks). Hotels: if sharing, upgrade hotel rooms where possible (local currency cheap).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If vegetarian, stress to tour leader that you will want an alternative to the meat, rather than just salad and rice. Don't worry too much about the 10kg limit on Cessnas. The real restriction is bag size, as there is not much luggage space.

  • 10

    Jewels of the Grand Savannah

    The trek to the Grand Savannah, with the ascent of the Roraima Tepuy and the Angel Falls trek, and several enjoyable soakings in the many waterfalls/pools in the region make this a multi-highlight trip.............with loads of highs. It needs to be as there are several undoubted lows - an imploding economy; a lot of lengthy travel, some uncomfortable, to get to and from trek start/stop points; an attacking insect world that never lets up! Was it worth it - my gawd, it was!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Angel Falls - we flew over it several times; we saw it at dawn and dusk; we climbed to it and soaked in its spray - it has to be seen in full flow; luckily (!) it rained heavily all night, whilst in our hammocks - the morning views were stunning! Our two days on Roraima were equally rewarding - the tiny black frog, the one-off flora, the rock formations and drop edge views............relaxed trekking at its best. A further unexpected highlight for me were the walks behind the torrential waterfalls at Caimina..........magnificent and un-matched elsewhere.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elka is a one-off. Her undoubted strengths are her ability to laugh her way through any adverse circumstance and make the best of what ever happens. Any misfortune is countered by a tale of a far worse circumstance that we had yet to or didn't encounter. She was up at the crack of dawn and last to bed - always turning her hand to something to help out (especially on the Roraima trek). The economic circumstances in Venezuela are dire and her sympathy with its people to make ends meet was evident and touching. A guide with some real charm.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't change money at airport - you get 4 times the official rate on the blackmarket - which the hotel/guide will sort out. 100 USD is equivalent to 2.1kg of notes, which you carry in your hand luggage! You will get bitten - prepare to do your utmost to limit attack - bring a mosquito net and 100% deet. Travel as light as possible and wash stuff as you go...........no more than 10kg rucksack plus 5 kg hand luggage. I carried everything the whole way..............and I'm 67...... so it is not too hard.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Angel Falls is one of the 2003 BBC's list of '50 Places to see before your Die' - this was my 46th, and probably the hardest to get to remote wise.................but truly one of the best. Our group was fortunate to have it to ourselves (the Germans and Americans have given the visit up) in spate and in sunshine - surely the two weeks travel in and out were more than worth it.

  • 8

    Venezuela and the Lost World

    Superb scenery. Amazing trek up Roraima Tepuy; tough wild camping (expect the unexpected!); Oh and WOW- Angel Falls! Research this trip fully and in particular the country's exchange rates.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Breathtaking views from Kukenan window on Roraima Tepuy. Angel Falls was spectacular- I soon forgot I had been woken up at 4am when I reached the viewing area. Then swimming at the base of Angel Falls topped it all off!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elke did amazingly well considering it was Venezuela. It felt a bit disorganised at the start- she rambled a bit. She made it clear this would be her last trip and it felt as if we were just another group, here we go again. BUT, during the trip her passion for Roraima soon masked these feelings. I do think though that for her age, she did amazingly well, to cope with all the stresses caused by such external factors- namely a very unstable country!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Venezuela 'time'- be prepared to be open minded and flexible! The trip notes were very inaccurate and need urgent review. Venezuela is very unstable- locals are queuing for food, fuel etc They have elections soon so things could get worse and more dangerous. The main issue is the cost/exchange rates- these are always changing but are nothing like on the trip notes. The strict weight allowance of 10kg was not actually a concern either. This is now my second experience of Exodus not being given uptodate information from its local tour operator and therefore not passing on relevant uptodate information to its customers. I would fully research this trip beforehand. I would advise taking a small fold up foam mat to sit on as 2 campsites we used had no seats/benches for eating- we made use of rocks, cliff walls or stood! This will also help on the river trip- tight seating was very uncomfortable for 3 hours+. 2 boats would have allowed one person per seat on the boat and a much more pleasant journey. Beware of sand flies- cover up and use plenty of 100% deet. Many of the group were bitten badly especially when crossing the rivers by foot (oh, and the use of socks definetely works!).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think Exodus should provide a larger plane for the 3rd domestic return flight to guarantee everyone travels together; less waiting around for 3 Cessnas to arrive plus it is surely more energy efficient/sustainable to use 1 plane rather than 3. Exodus needs to ensure there are seats at all national park campsites and bring more/better tarpaulins to cover the shelters as we had a shelter with many holes which then became very wet.

  • 10

    One day in Venezuela

    It was my birthday on the 13th August, it started at 4am with the local guide turning on the generator and the two lights came on to illuminate 14 swinging hammocks; some slept well some didn’t. We’d gone to bed at about 8pm listening to the downpour of rain and the lightening show, we had all hoped for this, to fuel the waterfall. We started with coffee and cake and at 4:30am we were off. We crossed the river and the walk began step by step over black roots, pink stones and orange water pools. The humidity hit several in the group as we gradually climbed, sweet dripping, but the goal was deep in our minds. And then all of a sudden a break in the trees and we got our first view of the Angel Falls. Blue sky and wispy clouds above, and below the falls waters full, crashing down to spray into a perfect rainbow as the early morning light hit the pink and orange cliff face. Perfect, we all stopped for a second and gazed in amazement, silence. We then swapped cameras and took the obligatory pictures before a further walk closer to the base and stripped to swimmers for a careful refreshing swim in the falls lower waterfall pool, strong currents but so refreshing. Then back to the camp for a real breakfast of eggs and corn breads. We then paired up and boarded the long boat for a 4hr return journey down the river and rapids, rain forest trees and Tepuy cliffs surrounding us, the sunny warming us up after every comical soaking as we moved through each rapid. The race was then on to get back to the hotel for a three course lunch of soup, fish and caramel custard. With full stomachs and hearts we separated to swim in the bay, sort bags, walk in the village, read, relax and have a hot shower. We re-joined for dinner and several of us went on to the local club in an open wooden shack with the seven waterfalls as a back drop to end the evening salsa dancing till midnight aided by a couple of rums!! This is one of my most memorable birthdays (or days) ever...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trip form start to finish! From the six day trek up Roraima Tepuy to that magical moment of seeing the Angel Falls for the first time

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elke Wilken was the star of the trip, no problem was a problem unsolvable!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take one set of old socks for walking the rivers, take long trousers and long sleeved tops to stop getting fly bites; and even take a thin scarf to protect your face on the evenings. Pack really light. Washing kit for on Roraima Tepuy only needs to be wet wipes as you wash in the streams/rivers. Take a thermal rest sleep matrass as the camp site surfaces are the worst you'll ever experience. Take antihistamine tablets, enough for at least two per day; the flies will get you! Consider taking a very thin pair of gloves to protect your hands from the sun, and use for the cold evening on top of Roraima. Some people took a small foot square sit mat which is useful. I consider poncho's better than a coat due to humidity and this can also cover your back pack. Not sure it's worth taking water proof trousers. Take clothing that can dry quickly; one minute it's wet and the next it's sunny. Strange but I take a plastic coat hanger, which is useful to dry your shirt.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip is not for the faint hearted, I think everyone in the group hit a low at some point, tears from both girls and boys. But this trip also has some of the highest highs you'll ever have. If you're reading this, go for it!!

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