The Ax Leap from the inside
We had landed with a plane from Puerto Ordaz after having a mishap at the Ciudad Bolivar airport. Fortunately we arrive at the tiny Canaima airport and cover the few meters to our accommodation in the town. Only 20 minutes ago we had landed and by magic I was before the wonderful spectacle of Lake Canaima.
Canaima is a small town in the heart of the Venezuelan Amazon. In this area inhabit the pemones. An ethnic group with a strong personality and strong character that has not allowed excessive changes in its culture and lifestyle regardless of the government in the country, its influence and the tourist impact that inevitably entail the natural wonders of the Gran Sabana and the national park from Canaima.
If it had not been for the legendary pilot Jimmie Angel, the Canaima airport would not exist. Upon returning from one of his expeditions, this American pilot reported that he had found some gigantic waterfalls and gold deposits south of the state of Ciudad Bolivar. Apparently James had a reputation as a chatterbox and few believed his words. To prove that his story was real, in 1937 he decided to embark on the adventure again. He found the Auyantepui, the mountain of the god of evil in the Pemon language, where the 979 meters of the waterfall of Angel Falls rush into the void. Unfortunately, he had an accident and it took 11 days to return to civilization through the thick jungle of Canaima. Finally, the authenticity of Angel Falls was confirmed in 1949 and since then there are many travelers who have come to see the highest waterfall in the world.
First day: The jump of the Toad and the Ax
The first day after resting and walking along the shore of Lake Canaima we returned to the inn where we were installed. It's called Wei Tupu. We ate a good plate of pasta with minced meat, took a walk through the town and then embarked on a boat route with our guide Cristian and other travelers. We cross the lake of Canaima contemplating the two waterfalls that preside over this jewel of nature.
December is not the best month to travel to Canaima. The amount of water is much smaller than during the rainy season. According to the guide The best month to travel to Canaima and Angel Falls is in September when the weather improves and the flow of the waterfalls is at one of its highest levels. Even so, the impression that the waterfalls of Canaima offer in December will leave you with your mouth open equally.