Lost World and Angel Falls - 4th October

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Evening all,

Anyone else booked up and excited to be going on this trip? It should be great!

Philip

Hi Philip, Me and my partner Cath are booked on this.We're from Preston. Just reviewing the trip notes and working out what esle we need to buy. Are you going on your own? Have you been with Exodus before?

Did this trip last October, absolutely amazing. I found the final part of climbing Roraima challenging due to a fear of heights and the shear drop that we passed known as path of tears.
Don't change money at the airport as exchange rate is low, you get a much better rate with a chap that comes to the hotel. Also didn't need to use water purification tablets as we used boiled water from breakfast and dinner.
Also enjoyed sleeping in hammocks at Angel Falls, watch out for the fire ants, very painful if bitten.

Thanks Mandy. How did you find the small plane if you have a fear of heights? Regards Howard & Cath

Yes, I'm going! Good tips Mandy, was just about to buy water purification tablets. Am wondering about the modern dilemma of battery charging - if I can squeeze a 4-way adaptor into my 10Kg for when we do get power I will!

Must get down the gym lunchtime today!

Colin

Small plane very bumpy, so glad it wasn't windy but was an enjoyable flight due to scenery. They didn't weigh the bags but definitely don't go too far over 10kg as the are squeezed into the back of the plane.
We also did a flyby at Angel Falls which was amazing, so make sure you have your camera with you.

Hi all!

Thanks for the hints Mandy, very useful. How much money did you actually need - not much shopping time on this trip? Also did you tip in local currency or US$? Some places (e.g. Kili) prefer dollars to their local cash!

Are you on the group flight, if so did you get your details last week? Sorting out my shots this week, already had Yellow Fever but the others need topping up and got to buy lovely malaria tablets!

Will be aiming for as far below 10kg as I can, even if the plane let me take 20kg, I don't want to have to carry that much if I can help it!!

Philip

Yes, I'm on the group flight - details received from Exodus and all entered into the AF app, seats sorted all ready to check-in.

Off to see the nurse tomorrow to get punched full of holes (might not be that bad, think I'm mostly up to date) and get the Larium organised.

USD ordered. Not tried the 10Kg yet (I guess we'll be Air France's favourite passengers, given the weight we're not taking!). Must try and remember what else I've lost/broken/ worn out before it's too late to buy replacements!

Getting excited, but I've got a week in the Lake District first, so it's all go :)

Colin

hi colin, have you paid to reserve seats? we can't select seats yet. We've had jabs and await malaria tablets. fitness regime compromised as Cath did her ankle ligaments 2 months ago. still not cetain what to take and how much money is required. Howard & Cath.

I've not been able to check-in yet either, will do it closer to the time/at the airport I guess. AirFrance can be a bit funny sometimes.

Read this interesting article about money: tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g294324-s601/Venezuela:Banks.And.Money.html
Basically, who knows what things will cost. Hopefully the guide will be really helpful with that stuff (or everything will be super expensive!). Taking some dollars and the odd Euros I've got and some GBP as backup. Apparently we'll need VEF508 for the Caracas flight in taxes and VEF70 for the two other flights not flying from Caracas... which could be around US$100 in total depending on the exchange rate!!

Only a couple of weeks to go, nearly got all my stuff together here. My anti-malarials need to be picked up from pharmacy, all the other essential jabs done, not had rabies but will steer clear of any animals! Have decided to take some water shoe things for the evenings and river crossing/canoeing, otherwise all the usual gear bag doesn't seem too full either.

Really hope the ligaments are feeling better!

I've not been able to check-in yet either, will do it closer to the time/at the airport I guess. AirFrance can be a bit funny sometimes.

Read this interesting article about money: tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g294324-s601/Venezuela:Banks.And.Money.html
Basically, who knows what things will cost. Hopefully the guide will be really helpful with that stuff (or everything will be super expensive!). Taking some dollars and the odd Euros I've got and some GBP as backup. Apparently we'll need VEF508 for the Caracas flight in taxes and VEF70 for the two other flights not flying from Caracas... which could be around US$100 in total depending on the exchange rate!!

Only a couple of weeks to go, nearly got all my stuff together here. My anti-malarials need to be picked up from pharmacy, all the other essential jabs done, not had rabies but will steer clear of any animals! Have decided to take some water shoe things for the evenings and river crossing/canoeing, otherwise all the usual gear bag doesn't seem too full either.

Really hope the ligaments are feeling better!

That was Phil btw, not sure why it posted twice or why I'm still anonymous!

Fingers crossed on the ligaments - ouch! Managed to survive the Lake District without any injuries (and without getting wet either!)

I set my seats in the AF app though I've not checked in yet - Saturday's job I think. Along with packing, and a million other things. And, no, I didn't pay anything!

In terms of spending money I did some rough calculations (which I've now lost!) from the info in the Trip Notes and worked out that 800USD should be more than enough for taxes, options, drinks and the fairly few meals that aren't included. Thinking about it that seems like a lot, but that's what I seem to have anyway. I've got a few Euros for a possible coffee in Charles de Gaulle!

Just need to pull all my kit together, wax my boots again, decide whether to risk my slightly-leaking Platypus, have a last-minute panic about something I've forgotten/can't find, and continue to enjoy my Lariam-induced dreams!

No sign of my kit bag yet - looks like I'll be using an Explore one!!

Good job surviving the Lake District, and you definitely got lucky with the weather. Just think, the waterfall we are going to see is a bigger drop than anything you saw that week (from sea level!!). Wowsers.

I am also deciding about my water bladder, I am leaning towards taking the smaller of the two I have and a drinks bottle to split the difference.

I don't remember if a bag arrived when I booked up or not, the kitbag isn't so useful on this trip anyway as am taking a rucksack to carry stuff in. Are you intending hiring a porter? $800 is more than I counted up, will do that again tonight then!

Yes, looking forward to the waterfalls.

I do tend to drink a lot (of water!!) so was intending to do the same - after all, don't have to completely fill them. Have also learnt over the years that a Sigg bottle is far better at handling recently boiled water, so is handy as a decanter

I'm thinking a combination of bags is a good idea, to leave st various places on the way round - like Caracas, in the 4WD, etc. I had thought about hiring a porter, yes - gives local employment, my day sac is 45+10 litres so might be a bit of a squeeze, and I'm lazy!

Getting excited now :)

hi, Brendan in the Exodus office has done this trip. He got our bags sent last week. Am taking 1500 USD for myself and Cath. Just bought last of our stuff. Is it too late to start our fitness campaign? Travelling from Manchester airport so will see you at CdeG. Howard & Cath.

hi, Brendan in the Exodus office has done this trip. He got our bags sent last week. Am taking 1500 USD for myself and Cath. Just bought last of our stuff. Is it too late to start our fitness campaign? Travelling from Manchester airport so will see you at CdeG. Howard & Cath.

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