Countries visited :
TOTAL DAYS : 13 days
STARTS IN : Caracas
ENDS IN : Caracas
Highlights : Maiquetia , Gran Savanah , Barinas – Los Llanos , Puerto Ayacucho , Sta Elena de Uairen , Canaima national Park , Angel Falls , Los Roques
TRANSPORT : Air-conditioned vehicle
Experience some of the best parts of Venezuela. Our tour starts in the vast plains, west of the country. Continue south to the Venezuelan Amazon for some of the best scenery and wildlife sighting the country has to offer.
Fly via Caracas to Ciudad Bolivar for a 4×4 expedition through the grand savannah, dotted with numerous stunning waterfalls and “tepuys” to Santa Elena de Uairen on the Brazilian border. Fly to Canaima National Park for a birdseye view of the highest waterfall in the world: Salto Angel.
Arrival to Maiquetía International Airport by intercontinental flight. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay. Meals: – / – / –
Day 2 Caracas – The Llanos
Departure with flight to Barinas. Four hour transfer crossing “The Llanos”, literally, the plains, which occupy the central area of Venezuela and extend as far as the eye can see creating a legendary landscape. The “llaneros” (cowboys) and their herds ride freely in the plains as in the Far West. Arrival and check-in in Hato El Cedral. The Llanos are paradise for animal lovers who can see capibaras, the world’s largest rodent, deer, anaconda, monkeys, alligators, armadillos, the enormous Orinoco caiman, ant eaters, otters, as well as bird species such as macaws, egrets, herons, storks and fish eagles, white, scarlet and glossy ibis, osprey, parrots, hawks, black vultures and hummingbirds and, in the large tributaries of the Orinoco, “toninas” or pink dolphin. Afternoon for guided tour of the Hato. Dinner and overnight stay. Meals: B / – / D
Day 3 The Llanos
All day excursion on a photographic safari to discover the marvelous local fauna.
Meals: B / L / D
Day 4 The Llanos – The Amazon
Morning departure to Puerto Ayacucho. This pleasant drive on an asphalt road lasts about 10 hours as the rivers have to be crossed on short ferry or “chalana” trips over the Capanaparo, Cinauaro and Orinoco rivers between Puerto Páez and El Burro to arrive in Puerto Ayacucho. A simple town, considered the entry point to the Venezuelan Amazon, it offers the majestic jungle, the fascinating Orinoco river, the mystery, holiness and legends related to the Autana, numerous medicinal plants and some of the last surviving indigenous populations, which make it one of the most magical places on earth. Arrival in the evening to Puerto Ayacucho and check-in in Campamento Orinoquia. Dinner and overnight stay. Meals: B / – / D
Days 5 and 6 The Amazon
All day devoted to excursions in the area amongst which a visit to indigenous tribes, to the Museo Etnológico de Amazonas and Mercado Indígena. Meals: B / L / D
Day 7 The Amazon – Puerto Ordaz
Transfer to the airport for flight to Caracas after breakfast. Airport assistance and Caracas – Puerto Ordaz flight. Arrival, transfer and hotel check-in. Meals: B / – / –
Day 8 Puerto Ordaz – Gran Sabana
Meeting with our guide for departure by 4×4 vehicle to the Gran Sabana. Along the road, we will cross the villages known for gold mining: Upata which during the “gold rush” was an important crossroad for transport of the precious metal between El Callao and Ciudad Bolívar: the “golden post” was the name given to the wagon pulled by mules that hauled nearly 3.000 kg of gold yearly. Guasipati was the administrative and political center of a great part of the gold and diamond mining area. Anyone could search for gold in the rivers. El Callao, the main gold mining village, attracted all types: fugitives from French Guyana, Venezuelans escaping civil war, others in search of a better life or fortune escaping Trinidad and English Guyana. Tumeremo represented the point of departure for the impenetrable jungle. Errant searchers for gold and diamonds would delve in the jungle and return to sell or to buy supplies for the journey. Nowadays, little is left of the glorious past, only sleepy towns that keep the fascination of adventure and an extraordinary past. As we move on, we’ll pass the Cuyuni river, whose waters, it was believed, were invaded by electric eel, the reason the maximum security prison of El Dorado was built there where the famous Papillon was imprisoned. Continuation to Gran Sabana through the village of Las Claritas and Sierra de Lema, constituted by a dense evergreen rain forest which can be viewed from the overlook of Piedra de la Virgen where we’ll take a break. Continuation to the “Lost World” of the Gran Sabana, described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, characterized by a landscape of soft hills covered by savanna, interrupted by forests and waterways, one of Venezuela’s most fascinating landscapes. Stay in a simple lodge. Dinner and overnight stay. Km traveled: nearly 400 km on asphalt roads and 50 km on dirt roads. Meals: B / L / D
Day 9 Gran Sabana
After breakfast, departure to the Indigenous community of Iboribo (Liwo-riwo) on the right bank of the Aponwao river. Navigation by curiara across the river to admire the Chinak Merú fall, a 105 meter high waterfall on pink sand surrounded by gallery forest and groups of tubular bromeliads that stick out from the river banks. After lunch, we continue to Santa Elena de Uairén, admiring the savanna along the way, a green tapestry interrupted by groups of Moriche or Kuai palms, of great use to the local Pemon community as they are employed in making hammocks, rope, baskets and roofs with a fiber extracted from the leaves; wood for doors, windows and bridges is extracted from the trunk; the marrow offers an edible flour and it produces edible fruit as well. Even more charming is the background where you can catch a glimpse of the magical tepuys, meaning “mountain” in the Pemon tongue. A break to visit the Kama Merú waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the Gran Sabana with a 50 meter fall and to the lookout Nak’piapo from which, weather permitting, we will be able to enjoy the imposing view of the Macao Roraima with the tepuys Ilu-Tepuy, Yuruani-Tepuy (or Iwarkarima-Tepuy), Kukenan-Tepuy and Roraima. Continuation to Santa Elena de Uairén, next to Brazil, and overnight stay in a simple lodge. Dinner and overnight stay. Km traveled: nearly 80 km on dirt roads and 200 km on asphalt roads.
Meals: B / L / D
Day 10 Gran Sabana
Following breakfast, continuation on the “ruta de la Gran Sabana” with a break to visit Quebrada de Jaspe, a clear waterfall that lands on a pink and ochre jasper bed. Following is a visit to Yuruani or Arapena Mer where the water is tinted with pinkish and yellowish hues from the rocks bellow. Break in Suroape for a refreshing swim under the small cascade. After lunch, visit to Quebrada Pacheco or Arapan Merú, characterized by a clear waterfall in the middle of a very green forest. A final visit to the Indian community of San Francisco de Yuruaní and time to shop for Pemon handicrafts. Return to Santa Elena de Uairén in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay. Km traveled: nearly 200 km Meals: B / L / D
Day 11 Santa Elena de Uairén – Canaima National Park
Transfer to the airport and departure to Canaima. Arrival, transfer and check-in at the lodge. Lunch and afternoon excursion in “curiara” -local motor canoe- along the Canaima lagoon. Visitors will be struck by the majesty of the Auyantepuy and the Cañón del Diablo, one of the most impressive in the world and the source of the famous Angel Falls, named after its discoverer the pilot Jimmie Angel. The water and surface foam in rivers and lagoons are usually pink, a phenomenon generated by the presence of tannin, an organic acid produced by vegetation decomposing under the sun. Dinner and overnight stay. Meals: B / L / D
Day 12 Canaima National Park
Free day for individual activities. A visit to the base of the Angel Falls, to Orquídea Island, Kavak or El Sapo waterfall are recommended. Meals: B / L / D
Day 13 Canaima National Park – Caracas
“Transfer to the airport and flight over the Angel Falls, which at 979 meters high is considered the world’s tallest waterfall. The sound of the water falling from Cañón del Diablo and the surrounding forest make this one of the most fascinating spots in Venezuela! It was seen for the first time by Jimmie Angel, the adventurous North American pilot, who over flew it on the Flamingo in October 1937. The airplane’s mechanical problems forced him, his wife and two other passengers on a lucky landing on the top of the Auyantepuy (2.500 m). Unscathed, they decided to descend the course of the Carrao river and after 11 days managed to return to civilization. Return to Canaima and departure by flight to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz. Arrival, airport assistance and departure by intercontinental flight. ” Meals: B / – / –
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Tour name :
Best of Venezuela Tour
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