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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:29 pm 
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Found this link about Pozo Azul, Amazonas, Venezuela. This is where I saw my first P. altum in nature, circa 1980.

Ten years ago, it was on it's way to becoming a tourist attraction but I was quite surprised when I saw how popular it has become.

In anyway, the altum really don't hang around the immediate area in the pics until after dark. During the day you have to walk several hundred meters into the canopy along the stream.

Please visit http://www.escaners.info/Puer3.htm

BTW, Linke's Parhueña altum site is just 5 minutes away from here.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:45 pm 
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Holy Moses!!!! worse yet (as far as habitat conservation goes). I just found this link on the Amazonas State Government website. Click on the thumbnails and this is Pozo Azul today.

The first pic shows a lone tourist beginning to walk his way into the forest upstream from the Tourist Attraction Area. This is where you would need to go to find some really nice altum. You can also go downstream and end up in the Orinoco which is a kilometer away at most, maybe less.

Here it is:
http://www.amazonas.gob.ve/galeria_foto ... p?album=16

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:26 am 
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What is the current climate like in Venezuala for US visitors? I understand it hasn't been advisable for US citizens to visit in the recent past ...


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For Americans it can be extremeley hostile, especially if you "look" Anglo-American. Chavez has sold to his followers that the gringos are the enemy and the military (national guard) can make your days there pretty miserable.

Now, if you have that latino look, like Oliver (Lucanus), you might make it through a week or so. He was there a couple of weeks in November and did his bit of altum diving. He says he did feel a change in the social atmosphere (my words) compared to his last time there.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:49 am 
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That's awesome Ed -
Thanks for the links -
How long has it been since you've been back ?
Looks like one beautiful place !
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:52 am 
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Hi Brenda, I haven't been in Puerto Ayacucho for almost nine years. The last time I went collecting anything was in early 2003 just before I came to the U.S.

I was hoping 2008 would be the year to go back and visit since I am decided to stay here in SLC for good but I dobt very much we'll manage things for this year, I assume we will visit in 2009. At that time, my wife and son will stay at our Maracaibo home and I will head South with Wil for a couple of weeks.

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puertoayacucho wrote:
For Americans it can be extremeley hostile, especially if you "look" Anglo-American. Chavez has sold to his followers that the gringos are the enemy .......

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Not only for Anglo-Americans Ed, also most from Europeans also. My friend dr. Slaboch, who were in Venezuela almost every second year said me, that last year it were his last trip there. This spring he´s going to Mexico. He is our best specialist for livebearers.
Only some Germans with too much "Euros" could be taken there for some their trips on upper Orinoco now.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:55 am 
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Now that Chavez has declared Venezuela as a friend of the FARC (Colombian Narco-Guerilla), everybody's in danger.

Of course then, if you have government protection... you should be good... it just costs a nice bunch of Euros.

Now, I understand that we should be seeing direct OTF exports from Venezuela this year, let's see what happens.

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Hi Ed,
The natural fauna and flora look great in that area. Its sad that they had to add the cement to the banks of the river like that, but I guess that is the price that we all pay for popularizing a place to visit.
It really is sad that the local regime has taken to propagating violence and hostililty towards other nationalities.
I would love to be able to visit the rivers of the Altums. I guess all I can do is hope that some day things change for the positive.
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Sorry for so long to reply Don... work and the the volume of registrations at the forum don't allow me to go through all as I'd like.

When I first went to Pozo Azul, about 25 years ago, though it was a place the locals would visit on the weekends, it was kind of like their own little secret, still hidden in the forest, despite being barely 100 yards from the road. I last went ther in 1996 and still, there was no infrastructure and the forest predominated. I did have to walk/swim quite a bit upstream or downstream from the public area to see some altum then. Really don't know how frequent they are nowadays with what I've seen and heard.

I too hope to go back someday, when things change, politically.

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