When entering a sweepstakes, we usually do it with little confidence that we’ll be the lucky ones. Still and all, we often think: Lady Luck has to smile on somebody, and it might as well be me. That was the thought running through our Canaima Sweepstakes winner.
"The roar of the water falling behind Salto Hacha: It was like being inside a hurricane!"
When DeVere Kutscher’s name was randomly selected as the Nexos Canaima Sweepstakes winner last November, he knew Luck had graciously bestowed him with a smile. The prize included an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Canaima National Park in Venezuela. DeVere and his partner, Duane Poza, live in Washington, D.C. Life partners for more than 10 years, they are avid travelers and lovers of exotic places. They had always considered the idea of visiting the park one day and reaching the Salto Angel (Angel Falls); their good luck cajoled them into carrying out their plan a little sooner than expected.
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The group arrived in Canaima at midday. They set up at the Ucaima Jungle Rudy Camp, a peaceful area along the banks of the Carrao river, where the owner, Gaby, greeted them with her characteristic warmth and a welcome drink. After lunch and a bit of rest, they hopped on a curiara (canoe) and made their way across Canaima lake on a tour of massive waterfalls. They stopped and trekked into the jungle until they came upon the entrance that would lead them behind the waterfall. Just before dark, the group returned to Ucaima Jungle Rudy Camp and tucked in early. The next day, they boarded another curiara that took them up the river for three and a half hours to the foot of Angel Falls. DeVere and Duane say they could hardly believe what they were seeing. Rising thousands of meters up the Tepuy was Angel Falls. They carefully began the climb up to one of the many pools that the fall makes on its extraordinary descent down the ragged cliff face. That night, they slept in a rustic camp near the falls.
The following morning, the group returned to Ucaima Jungle Rudy Camp, where some good food and rest awaited them before the long trip back to Caracas. There was sightseeing in the Venezuelan capital in the excellent company of Olga Ramirez from the Venezuelan Department of Tourism.
DeVere’s and Duane’s tales speak for themselves about their extraordinary experience. Don’t think twice about entering our sweepstakes and promotions. As long as you’re signed up, there’s always a chance, even if it seems unlikely. Just ask DeVere and Duane.