CASA CLAVER - Calle 32
Jeff and I splurged on a pretty nice boutique hotel, Casa Claver, within the walled colonial city of Cartagena, which is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. If you know us, we usually stay in crappy quaint hostels or homestay type places — that is how we afford to travel. Since it’s our honeymoon, we figured we’d step it up. We booked their smallest room, but upon arrival were told (in Spanish) that we were upgraded to a two bedroom/two bath suite with a full kitchen and living room too.
La Gran Sabana
This place is the epitome of Venezuelan beauty, especially when it come to the panoramic landscapes. This huge savanna grasslands stretching across 10,820 sq.km, encompasses deep and vast valleys, waterfalls, rivers, gorges, tepuis- or Table Mountains as they are called- and a huge variety of flora and fauna that is found mostly only here. You can walk through little streams or take a bath in the amazing falls. One of the best mountain hikes of South America is a five-day hike to Mount Roraima, a tepuis. Allow at least 2 days trekking for a close up view of this tepuis and other sights in the National Park.
Our visit to Angel falls turned out to be more adventurous than we wanted it to be. We left Ciudad Bolivar to fly to Canaima to see the glory of the tallest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. Situated somewhere in the Venezuelan jungle (Canaima National Park), we had to take a canoe through many streams to get to these majestic falls. Unfortunately we never made it, since our canoe sunk rushing through one of the streams and we lost all our stuff, including camera's, clothing, eyeglasses and phones. We hope to return one day to see the falls from closeby, but for now we can only dream of this impressive site. The Salto Angel is the most popular fall in the area, but there are others around too, in case you want to explore. Make sure to travel with a reputable tour company so you really get to see Salto Angel.