PEMBROKE and SOMERVILLE visit COLOMBIA and VENEZUELA July 2015

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travelling courtesy of Wild Frontiers

We were a trifle shy being with a group of 6, so unfortunately did not have our photos taken en route as much as normal

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Pembroke & Somerville set off for 3+ weeks to Colombia & Venezuela, July 8th 2015. Missing their flight in Madrid, got a bit stroppy- paws through their bag!
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Once in Cartagena they were happy in Gastelbondo boutique hotel, loved the old colonial houses of the city and the statues of Eduardo Carmona
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Joined the Group-Manuelita, Jeannette, Jennifer, Nick & leader Max-in Casa Lucy, basic room, kind staff. On to Tayrona, avoided the mossies,not the campari
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After a 14 k trek in Tayrona they rested until Punto Gallina - worth getting out at the most northernmost point of South America! Friendly, restful Posada there
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Returned to Cabo de la Vela for another night. Left Guajira,drove across the Venezuelan border- heads down! - to Maracaibo, then onto Jaguey Thermal Springs

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A rare picture of Nick, the photo shy member of the group, with Chris, Jeannette & David at Ologa-above. Also the parents with the famous lightning
Thence to one of the highlights of our trip- the Catatumbo lightning. Accommodation was again basic- we had separate bunks,8 in the room & had to keep getting up throughout the night to see the lightning storms. But we made sure we caught the boat back, by clinging on to the returns bottle crate!
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Stopped off on the way back to Puerto Concha at Congo, a fishing village on stilts- time there to have several photos taken. with Manuelita, Jennifer & Alan
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Estancia Bravera luxury-they all liked us there. Trouble was they did not provide ponchos our size!. Even got our own seat on the minibus when we was good
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Regretted refusing to get up at 5 in Merida: we missed the rare snow & a donkey. Enjoyed Casa Sol Posada; ate so much that poor Max had a problem paying!
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Left the group in Caracas & flew to Canaima. Waku Lodge was in a marvellous setting; wondrous cascades & lots of scenic seats for us
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Did get up at 4.30 to get to the Angel Falls in our own canoe. 5 scenic hours later very grateful for the piggy back up to base of the Falls- a long slog for mater
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Last day at Waku, another canoe ride to hidden cascades- proud of the mater above . Then back for a night at Caracas Airport- home Business Class of course

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