It was that time. The time to say goodbye. After six days in Vichada in north-east Colombia, our adventure was at an end.
We gave Carlos and Rusbell – our Vichada based guides - a fist bump and a sideways hug and off we went – back to Bogota! 2 hours later, with equal parts joy and sadness (those mixed feelings you experience at the end of a trip of a lifetime) we said goodbye to Karol, our DE UNA Colombia Tours guide. How did it all go by so quickly?
6 days earlier…
Remote Colombian frontier towns are not everyone's ideal location to start a dream vacation, but for my son Alex and I, it was. Puerto Carreno, Colombia on its north-eastern border with Venezuela was to be the start and end point of a 6-day journey to El Tuparro National Park on the Orinoco River - during flood season. After an early morning flight from Bogota, we began the day with a light breakfast of hot fish soup and warm arepas. We took a leisurely boat tour around the river system; the confluence of the Bita, the Meta and Orinoco, spotting river dolphins and exotic birds. Under the hot midday sun, Alex caught his first fish in Colombia - a piranha. Was this an early sign that his dream of catching exotic South American fish would be met? As it turned out - yes! The trip was a 16th birthday gift to Alex, delayed by 18 months due to COVID. That’s a lot of time to look forward to a trip!