|Helen loungin' in the luurve motel. Class.|
|Rooftop wildlife spotting in Los Llanos with Marc (centre)|
|Black Dolphin displays his catch|
|With Fluvio (L), Spanish teacher extraordinaire|
- We stayed at Casa Luna, run by the ludicrously helpful Claudia. A double room with air-con cost us about 18 euros.
- Claudia will change money at a decent (black market) rate and also has a paypal account she accepts transfers into
- We took a taxi from Puerto Columbia to Maracay then hopped on a night bus to Barinas. It took approx. 6 hours and cost 100 bolivars each.
- Night buses are famously air-conditioned to the max. I liked this, far preferring feeling cold to hot. Take some warm stuff if you feel the cold.
- Motel Sierra Nevada opposite the bus station is the name of the place I refer to above. It’s not available on hotels.com as far as I can make out.
- We did a four day, three night tour with a Merida based company called Gravity Tours, run by the helpful Gustavo. It cost us 140 euros each including everything except obvious stuff like booze.
- Sleeping diagonally on a hammock is easier than (trying) to sleep straight.
- Take bug spray.
- We stayed at a fantastic place called Posada La Montana. It has a beautiful atrium full of greenery, comfortable rooms and a decent restaurant attached. Double room was 180 bolivars per night.
- We bought our tickets for the night bus from Merida to Maracaibo at the station in the morning of our departure date, with a bus company called Merida Express. You can probably risk just turning up and buying a ticket, but as it was a weekend we opted otherwise. The ticket was 90 bolivars. You need to buy a 4 bolivar departure token from a small desk inside the terminal before boarding the bus. We didn’t, had a confusing discussion with the collector, and had to dive off and grab one before the bus left.
- We went on a one day canyoning trip, again with Gravity Tours. Canyoning, in this instance, is scrambling up a canyon and then abseiling back down through the waterfalls. It was great, but overpriced at $55 USD per person for what was, in effect, a two hour activity.