With my last trip from Mexico to Peru mostly focused on surfing and exploring ancient ruins, I decided I would change things up a bit for this holiday and travel to Venezuela and Colombia. With 1 month of vacation I think these two countries will be a perfect mix of outdoor adventure in Venezuela and rich history and culture in Colombia.
Venezuela is definitely one of the less traveled destinations in the Americas. For a while I have been eager to do some mountain trekking to the top of Mount Roraima and also visit Angel Falls. Both of these are considered world class excursions but because of the bad reputation and political unrest in Venezuela, it isn’t the first place most people decide on going for a vacation.
I recently heard about Mount Roraima from some Brazilian friends that are heavy into trekking. They consider it one of the lesser travelled and non-touristy treks you could do on the continent. This coming from a Brazilian I knew that this will be an experience worth making the effort for.
Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui mountains which are also called tabletop mountains. These rock formations are over 2 billion years old and considered some of the oldest on earth. Mount Roraima is 2800 meters tall and the summit has a surface area of 31 square km. This mountain was the subject of the famous book “The Lost World” written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1912.
Another place I have never been in a position to visit on past trips was Angel Falls. This is the tallest waterfall in the world and to witness it has been high on my list for a while. Angel Falls isn’t the easiest place to get to but I know it will be worth the effort.
After not being able to go to Colombia when I went from Mexico to Peru going there was an easy choice. I had been so excited to go there on the last trip but because of issues with the flight I had booked from Panama City to Puerto Obaldia I had to change my plans. This meant bypassing Colombia and flying straight to Quito, Ecuador.
My focus while in Colombia will be taking in the diverse culture and rich history of the country. Starting in Cartagena I will also visit Medellin and Bogota. Museums, art galleries, colonial architecture and great history will be all around me in these cities.
To make this trip happen I have decided to use Sao Paolo, Brazil as my hub. This is because flights are reasonably priced coming and going from here and there is a high volume of flights that make booking times flexible. This is also because Mount Roraima is actually very close to the border with Brazil and it would save time as compared to starting out in Caracas which is the capital city of Venezuela.
Both Venezuela and Colombia are countries that are considered politically unstable, dangerous and have a bad reputation. I hope to provide some first hand information on what it is like to travel in these countries and as always share my experiences.
Please join me as I am Gone On A Whim again!
I have included the Venezuela and Colombia trip map below!