My parents traveled to inland Venezuela several times from their old boat in the 80s, and wanted to visit it again with us. We had been in Porlamar, Margarita for several weeks before we went, and planned that we would take the trip along with two other cruising families. Our initial plan called for a week to ten days ashore, seeing Mérida city and some of the Andes, but reality was a bit different. What follows is my account of the trip, written in journal format with my impression and descriptions, and seen from my point of view.
The twelve days are each on their own page, which are described as follows:
Our trip to inland Venezuela was quite possibly our most interesting excursion since we moved on board Ocelot. First off, we went with two other families that have kids - Pelican with thirteen-year-old Kat, and Dream Catcher with twelve-year-old Natalie and her younger brother Chris. Second, we spent almost two weeks ashore, by far the longest time we have been off the boat since we got on it in SXM. Third, the area we were in was absolutely wonderful.
The trip started with us putting Ocelot in a marina, and arranging for somebody to take care of it and Arthur while we were ashore. Fortunately, it was easy to arrange for somebody to come on board every day. He agreed to feed the cat and flush some water through the watermaker every two days, so we did not need to pickle it (preserve with biocide).
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