Joanne Castillo

Country of astounding variety

Venezuela is a country of astounding variety and remains a land largely undiscovered and undervisited by international travelers. Venezuela offers an astounding range of place to see and things to do. It is exceptionally rich in biological diversity and pure natural beauty. With 43 national parks and a number of natural monuments and protected areas it is a fabulous destination for nature lovers, birdwatchers, and adventure travelers. Those seeking adventure will find activities such as hiking/climbing, trekking, snorkeling/scuba diving, kitesurfing, canyoning, windsurfing, paragliding, mountain biking, white water rafting and much more within a one-day bus trip or a short flight from each other!

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Harrison Ford had been in Venezuela

After I learned Harrison Ford had been in Venezuela, I thought there might be more to him than Hollywood. I started researching his life “behind the scenes” and learned that he has been part of Conservation International (CI) Board of Directors for over 15 years. Check out his latest public service announcement for CI’s climate change campaign. The campaign focuses on the critical issue of stopping deforestation which is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to significantly reduce global carbon emissions. Very cool!

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Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance?

Last week I was having dinner with a couple of friends and I found out that actor and conservationist Harrison Ford narrated a nature and wildlife documentary called Lost Worlds: Life in Balance. The movie, directed by Bayley Silleck, takes viewers on a global exploration on how all living things interconnect in our planet. The documentary leaps off the top of Angels Falls – the tallest waterfall in the world; it dives into active volcanoes; and it climb to the top of tropical rain forest which allows you to participate in the epic story of biodiversity and its profound importance to human life. I must say I was quite impressed with the documentary. I even bought the video!

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Angel Falls

Have you ever seen/been to Angel Falls? Would you say it is as spectacular as the video portrays it?

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Did you know what inspired “Up’s” Lost World and Paradise Falls?

Did you know that the centerpiece of Up’s “Lost World” was inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and a legendary waterfall found in Venezuela which cascades a staggering 9,700 feet from cloud-enshrouded cliffs to the jungle below?  

Did you know that although Up’s “Paradise Falls” does not exist in the real world, the sketches, photographs, and videos used by Director Pete Docter to create Up’s fictional waterfall were taken from Canaima National Park? Read more

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