EL PLAYON, Bolívar state, Venezuela – “Nice to meet you. My name is José Torres. I am the captain of El Playón,” says the indigenous Yekwana man who greets our party in very good Spanish. José then leads us to a churuata, a common house where we hang up our hammocks.
We’d arrived in the heart of Caura National Park, beside Pará Falls on the Caura River, one of Latin America’s most spectacular waterfalls due to its immense water volume; it is an astounding 5,608 meters (more than three miles) wide.