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Venezuela : Barinas

near Providencia, Barinas, Venezuela
Approx. altitude: 104 m (341 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 8°S 110°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: VIEW TO EAST #3: VIEW TO SOUTH #4: VIEW TO WEST #5: THE GPS PROOF #6: MY SON ALFREDO, VALENTINA AND ME JUST ON THE SPOT #7: VALENTINA, MY SON ALFREDO, JHOSET AND JESUS WITH THE LAND CRUISERS #8: DOING THE CONFLUENCE DANCE #9: OIL TANK FARM WITH OIL AND WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES AND A TYPICAL OIL WELL PUMP

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  8°N 70°W (visit #2)  

#1: VIEW FROM THE SOUTH TO NORTH

(visited by Alfredo B. Remon Mendez, Alfredo Angel Remon, Valentina Cogorno, Jesús García Pereira and Jhoset Livolsi)

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13-Mar-2005 –

Once finished the visit and celebration of N8W71, we came back to Barinas city and had lunch in a typical restaurant. I had Capybara stew and the rest of the group had beef cooked on fire held with a wood stick. After lunch we once again filled up our fuel tanks and at 2:00 pm we were ready for our next target N8W70.

We passed San Silvestre town and had the opportunity to appreciate the great amount of oil-well pumps as well as oil facilities associated to the oil activated carried out in the zone for more than 50 years. We also saw great extension of land dedicated to cattle, activity that is carried out in harmony and together with the oil exploitation.

Later we arrived to San Rafael de Canagua town. The road from San Silvestre to San Rafael de Canagua is in pretty bad condition, it is paved but full of holes like craters and it is important to drive slow for safety reason. Once we passed this town the roads are full dirt road, not a partially paved one, and we could drive a litter bit faster without any problem. Being on the road we approached to CP at a distance of just 150 mts. In that point we got inside the farm Santa Teresa and asked permission to enter into their land and approach directly our target. We used our vehicle to reach the CP N8W70 and practically did the “Confluence Dance” driving inside the Land Cruisers, arriving at the point at 4:08 pm.
The CP it is located at 108 masl, in a grazing land, where not too far we saw a large amount of cattle in their feeding process. Once our mission has finished and all the required pictures taken, we returned to the farm house,thanked and said good bye to the owners.

In this moment we started the return to Caracas, arriving home at 12:30 am, after 23 hours of continuous activity and driving more that 1,350 km. During our way back home, we were talking, with the help of CB radios installed in our vehicles, about the grateful experience of this hunting and we were making plans for the next confluence hunting day that we hope to have in a near future.

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13-Mar-2005 –

Una vez completada la visita y celebración respectiva de N8W71, procedimos a regresar a la ciudad de Barinas donde almorzamos en un típico restaurante de la región. Yo pedí pisillo de Chigüire (Capibara) y el resto del grupo carne asada en vara. Luego de almorzar volvimos a llenar nuestros tanques de combustible y procedimos a dirigirnos hacia N8W70 a las 2:00 PM.

Pasamos por el pueblo de San Silvestre a la salida del mismo pudimos apreciar infraestructura asociada a la explotación petrolera que se realiza en la zona, además de una gran cantidad de pozos de petróleo sometidos a bombeo mecánico. Apreciamos igualmente grandes extensiones de tierra dedicadas a la actividad de cría de ganado, la cual se realiza en armonía con la explotación petrolera en la zona actividad que se viene realizando en esta área por más de 50 años.

Posteriormente llegamos al pueblo de San Rafael de Canagua siendo la carretera entre San Silvestre y San Rafael de Canagua asfaltada pero completamente llena de huecos y en mal estado. Una vez pasamos este pueblo la carretera es de tierra, lo cual agilizo nuestro ritmo de conducción. Llegamos a la finca Santa Teresa, donde se encuentra ubicado nuestro objetivo N8W70, el cual esta a solo 150 mts de la carretera por donde veníamos. Pedimos el permiso respectivo y procedimos aproximarnos con nuestros propios vehículos hasta el punto preciso, efectuando prácticamente la “Danza de la Confluencia” dentro de los Land Cruiser. Este trayecto lo hicimos sobre verdes pastizales divisando a lo lejos una buena cantidad de ganado en plena faena alimenticia, arribando al PC a las 4:08 PM, estando el mismo localizado a unos 108 msnm. Nos bajamos de nuestros carros y procedimos a tomar las fotos de rigor. Cumplida esta tarea, retornamos a la casa de la finca para despedirnos y agradecer el permiso otorgado.

En ese momento iniciamos nuestro viaje de retorno hasta la ciudad de Caracas, llegando a la misma a las 12:30 AM, luego de 23 horas de continua actividad y mas de 1350 Km. de conducción. En el viaje de regreso veníamos conversando por nuestros radios de banda ciudadana (CB), comentando todo lo que realizamos y por supuesto haciendo planes para la próxima cacería de confluencias la cual esperamos que sea muy pronto.


 All pictures
#1: VIEW FROM THE SOUTH TO NORTH
#2: VIEW TO EAST
#3: VIEW TO SOUTH
#4: VIEW TO WEST
#5: THE GPS PROOF
#6: MY SON ALFREDO, VALENTINA AND ME JUST ON THE SPOT
#7: VALENTINA, MY SON ALFREDO, JHOSET AND JESUS WITH THE LAND CRUISERS
#8: DOING THE CONFLUENCE DANCE
#9: OIL TANK FARM WITH OIL AND WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES AND A TYPICAL OIL WELL PUMP
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