Dicen que la sonrisa de un niño es la pureza de Dios, representada en su máxima expresión. Un simple pero gratificante gesto, que llena de orgullo a más de uno, así no haya sido bendecido todavía con la dicha de tener un retoño. Y es precisamente una sonrisa la que sale a relucir, cuando llevamos de viaje a nuestros pequeños, a destinos naturalmente mágicos y encantadores que se alzan en medio de paisajes celestiales. La Gran Sabana sin duda es uno de esos lugares, dignos de contemplar y disfrutar con los consentidos del hogar.FLA_9566

Texto: Joselina Rodríguez

Fotos: Cortesía Rafael Rodríguez Mendoza

Explorar los imponentes tepuyes de Canaima en compañía de los más pequeños de la casa, puede resultar para algunos una opción poco probable dentro de su itinerario de viaje, mientras que para otros constituye un episodio interesante para recorrer y experimentar, de una manera consciente y responsable. Es el caso de Rafael Rodríguez Mendoza, viajero incansable reconocido por su proyecto “Preguntando se llega a Alaska”, quien ascendió al Tepuy Chirikayén por primera vez con su hijo Matías, en una expedición cargada de emociones, anécdotas y recomendaciones para otros padres aventureros.

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¡Subiremos el Chirikayén!

Escoger al Tepuy Chirikayén para subirlo con su hijo de 10 años, no fue una decisión al azar por parte de Rafael. Su inminente trayectoria y amor por la Gran Sabana lo ha llevado a ascender desde las más altas mesetas como el Roraima y el Kukenán, hasta las más bajas como el Chirikayén, por lo que tiene el conocimiento y la confianza para recomendar cuáles de ellas representan un grado mínimo de dificultad para infantes.

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A pesar de medir este Tepuy 1.650 msnm y puede ser fácilmente subido en 3 días, Matías y su papá, se tomaron 4 días y 3 noches para completar esta expedición, que los llevó a contemplar y disfrutar de hermosas sabanas, verdosos bosques y refrescantes riachuelos, ubicados en el Parque Nacional Canaima, estado Bolívar. Además de la decisión de escoger el Tepuy indicado para una primera excursión con su pequeño, este viajero también tomó en cuenta otros factores que le aseguraron el éxito de su travesía.

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Pequeñas ayudas, grandes resultados

“Se me ocurrió decirle a unos amiguitos de él y a sus padres, nos pusimos de acuerdo y nos fuimos” indica Rafael, quién no dudo por un momento que esta decisión influiría de manera positiva en el comportamiento de su pequeño durante su primera excursión al Tepuy Chirikayén. 4 fueron las horas de caminata que emplearon hasta su primera parada, tiempo que sirvió para que los niños elevaran cometas, se distrajeran con plantas diferentes, pisadas de animales y jugaran entre sí en su pequeño mundo rodeado de pintorescos paisajes sabaneros llenos de paz y armonía. Confiesa que este escenario pudo haber sido totalmente diferente, si en vez de niños hubiese llevado otro grupo de adultos.

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Por otro lado, el papá de Matías también resalta que la clave del éxito para estas andanzas consiste en llenarse de muchísima paciencia, imaginación y positivismo, para hacer llevadero el camino que debe hacerse sin apuro, pero con entusiasmo. “Descansa con él cuando lo requiera, no lo regañes cuando no cumpla algo, motívalo, disfraza situaciones como cuentos de aventuras, transmítele seguridad y confianza en cada paso que de, y aprende a manejarte mentalmente ante algunas situaciones impredecibles, como por ejemplo la lluvia, ya que si te enojas no dejará de llover” enfatiza.

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¡Prepáralos a la aventura!

Para ascender el Tepuy Chirikayén no hace falta que tu hijo cuente con un extenso entrenamiento físico, puesto a que solo basta algunas caminatas previas, un par de zapatos adecuados, ropa acorde a la ocasión y un pequeño morral que contenga agua, frutas secas, snacks, impermeable, curitas, linternas, pilas y las infaltables medicinas para el dolor de cabeza, diarrea, fiebre y alergias.

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Enseñarle a armar las carpas, hacer pequeñas fogatas controladas, comer lo que esté a la mano, trabajar en equipo, ayudar, compartir y colaborar con el resto del grupo, son parte de esas lecciones que debes inculcar a tus hijos antes de emprender todo viaje de excursión, según destaca este joven emprendedor. Sumado a esto, Rafael recomienda no quitarle nunca la vista de encima durante todo el trayecto, ya que a veces querrán emprender la caminata por si sólo. “Siempre debe haber un adulto adelante trazando el sendero, puede ser alguno de los guías turistas pemones u otro que forme parte del equipo” dice.

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Vivencias que dejan huellas

Caminar entre hermosos paisajes, acampar frente a un pequeño riachuelo a la luz de la luna, sentarse en el borde de un acantilado contemplando el atardecer,  enseñarle a tu hijo tu templo de admiración y escuchar pedirte que se repita este tipo de expedición, representa una grata experiencia para cualquier padre amante de la Gran Sabana.

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Y aunque la intención no es convertir a Matías en un alpinista o en un ocurrente viajero empedernido por el mundo, Rafael manifiesta que este tipo de viajes lo ayudan a transmitirle amor a la naturaleza, a descubrir por cuenta propia el infinito universo que ella alberga, a esforzarse para lograr sus metas, le inculca el valor de la responsabilidad y el sentido de pertenencia, los aleja un poco de la tecnología, pero sobre todo y en especial, esta clase de vivencias los ayuda a prepararse frente a algunas situaciones de la vida.

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