All through the last 13 years, I’d had this – in retrospect, rather complacent – feeling that, try as they might, chavismo would never be able to ruin the very best part of Venezuela: the knee-weakeningly beautiful Canaima National Park.
Turns out I was wrong.
Fuel shortages have brought tourism operators to a grinding halt throughout Canaima. No fuel means no curiaras, which means no way to get up to Angel Falls, or anywhere for that matter. As a result, for the last ten days – yes, ten days – the park has been at a standstill.
As for the tourists who’ve travelled thousands of miles and spent thousands of dollars for their once in a lifetime chance to hang out in paradise? Better luck next time…