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Dear Friends
Welcome to Venezuela and Natoura!
At Natoura we do our best to ensure that you feel at one with the natural environment,
and we do this by taking special care of the fragile resources of the different ecosystems
we visit. We are an experienced and innovative team working hard towards promoting
sustainable tourism in Venezuela.
At Natoura we also pride ourselves on taking the time to ensure that we meet your needs
and desires when travelling through Venezuela; this is what we keep in mind when
designing our tours.
We have a wide variety of itineraries where the priority is to offer you a chance to enjoy
the natural solitude and the ethnic authenticity of the regions we visit. Natoura’s trips are
ecologically responsible and educational; we minimize environmental impact by only
taking small groups. We employ professional local naturalists as guides in order to better
share with you the natural treasures of Venezuela.
On behalf of Natoura, we hope you get the chance to experience Venezuela’s natural
wonders and look forward to seeing you in the future!
José Luis Troconis & Renate Reiners
General Managers
Natoura Travel & Adventure Tours
Why choose Venezuela?
Venezuela's unique geography allows
Natoura to bring together a wide variety of
nature adventures in one package
Fly above ANGEL FALLS, the world's
highest waterfall (20 times higher than
Niagara) in the GRAN SABANA, where
prehistoric mesa-mountains (tepuis) are
home to a great variety of endemic
species.
the-Rock live. In addition, witness a variety
of butterflies, including the dazzling giant
Blue Morpho.
Travel the mighty Orinoco River, home to
freshwater dolphins, through the
AMAZON’s tropical rainforest, gallery
forests and savannahs. Here native guides
will share wildlife treasures with you,
treasures that include more than 680
species of birds, as well as the cultural
On the longest CARIBBEAN coastline,
riches of their indigenous communities.
relax at one of our idyllic beaches, float
through dense mangroves, fish for marlin,
tarpon or bonefish or dive and snorkel in
coral reefs teeming with an unimaginable
spectrum of colourful sea life.
In the rugged LLANOS you will embark on
a wildlife safari to observe typical fauna
such as the capybara (the world's largest
rodent), monkeys, crocodiles, anacondas,
macaws, storks, eagles, iguanas,
Hike, backpack, mountain bike, camp, fly
fish for trout or go birdwatching in the
chameleons and much more. You can also
fish for piranha!
cloud forests and the paramo (moors) of
the ANDES mountains, where the
endangered Condor and the rare Cock-of-
This is only a sample of the wonders
Natoura can offer you in Venezuela.
The Company
We would now like to introduce our company to
We have particular expertise in organizing Treks
you: Natoura is an inbound operator, specializing
and Expeditions and count on specially trained
in Adventure Travel and Ecotourism throughout
local mountain guides to assist our groups; we
Venezuela since 1991; in addition, we also have
can also supply a naturalist, if requested. To
particularly interesting tours for individuals and
ensure your ultimate safety we use mobile
groups. We design itineraries to suit your
satellite telephones for communication in remote
requirements and budget so you can experience
areas. To handle our reservations, we use the
the “real” Venezuela. We are a small team of 18
software “Tourplan”, a dedicated reservations
people working together throughout Venezuela.
system.
We offer you a complete service from the minute
Since 2008 we have been considered by the
you arrive until you depart. We are a licensed
National Geographic Adventure’s magazine as
IATA company and we can arrange domestic and
one of the Best Outfitters on Earth!
international flights. Having been in the business
for 19 years we have a good relationship with
numerous hotels and lodges throughout
Venezuela, so that you benefit from the
preferential rates given to Natoura by these
providers. Our strength is designing tailor-made
itineraries to suit your abilities and interests.
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Amazon
The Amazon, the most famous rainforest in the world, occupies almost a quarter of the whole
Venezuelan territory. This wonderful and wild side of the country is home to more than 680 bird
species. The Orinoco River, the third largest river in the world, crosses this area. This river
possesses a unique beauty, mixing its brown waters with the black waters of the Río Negro
(Black River), resulting in an acute black-red division of stripes running side by side until they
finally fuse in a series of whirlpools.
But probably it is its inhabitants, just 55,000 of them, who make this region a magical place.
Enjoy the diversity of the bustling river-city of Puerto Ayacucho, the wooden canoes sailed by
the Piaroa, Ye’ kuana and Corripaco indigenous people wearing jeans, distant villages where
Spanish is a second language and, deep in the primitive jungle, the mysterious small groups of
people still practising their ancient customs.
HUMBOLDT ROUTE EXPEDITION
(14/19 DAYS)
During this expedition we will be travelling up the
Orinoco River, leaving from Samariapo port just before
the start of the Maipures Rapids. We will sail upriver
stopping at the riverside villages and overnighting in
some of them; we will sleep in hammocks in the village
huts. Throughout the journey we will point out all the
river's tributaries and the guides will highlight the
region's particular characteristics and points of interest
and share their general knowledge of the route.
We will only sail during daylight hours and we will
endeavour to break the journey by interspersing it with
various activities and visits; there will be time to explore
smaller rivers, to go fishing and to observe life on the
riverbanks up close.
The main appeal of the Amazon lies in its unspoilt
nature which can be found in its particular range of
ecosystems. The savannah and jungle, the numerous
rivers with their dark, clear water and the
extraordinary rock formations, eroded over millions of
years, all bring the vast plains alive.
Several indigenous groups and communities live in
these various environments. They are classified into
five large family groups: Yanomami, Guahibo, Piaroa
Ye'kwana or Maquiritare and Arawak. More detailed
information about these groups can be found in the
town's Ethnological Museum.
DAY 1: Arrival at the International Airport. One of our
representatives will transfer you to a hotel for
overnight.
DAY 2: Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to
Puerto Ayacucho. Transfer to the city where you will
meet the guide and crew. Visit the ethnology museum
and the native market. Accommodation will be
provided in a hotel in the city, in double rooms. Meals:
B/L.
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DAY 3: 0800hrs transfer to Puerto de Samariapo (1
hour by jeep) where your journey along the Orinoco
River begins. We will visit Ratón Island, San Fernando
de Atabapo and then spend the night in hammocks.
B/L/D.
DAY 4: Our boat trip along the Orinoco continues; we’ll
visit the Environmental Ministry (C.V.G.) station in
Trapichote where we’ll observe natural rubber plants.
Then we’ll visit Santa Barbara and the mouth of the
Ventuari River. The night will be spent in hammocks.
B/L/D.
DAY 9: Cruise and explore the Siapa River. The night
will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
whereever we find ourselves at nightfall. 19th DAY:
Arrival at Samariapo; transfer to Puerto Ayacucho.
DAY 10: Sail to the Río Negro (Black River). The night
will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
THE PRICE INCLUDES
DAY 11: Visit San Carlos, located on the riverbank (Río
Negro), and a Colombian village. The night will be
spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
DAY 12: We sail to the Cocuy Rock, the triple border
between Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela. The night will
be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
DAY 5: We continue cruising along the Orinoco from
where we can enjoy views of Yapacana hill. Visit the
national park and learn about the illegal extraction of
gold and then pay a visit to the Carida community. The
night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
DAY 13: Excursion to the area surrounding the Cocuy
Rock and to a Brazilian village. The night will be spent
in hammocks. B/L/D.
DAY 6: We sail to the Yanomami village of Cejal and
visit the Tamatama mission. The night will be spent in
hammocks. B/L/D.
RETURN OPTIONS: from here on you have two
options for the return journey:
DAY 7: We continue by boat to La Esmeralda, where
we’ll visit the Humboldt Research Center, before
continuing to the Casiquiare tributary. The night will be
spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
DAY 8: Today we explore the area around Casiquiare
and visit the Yanomami village of Coromoto. The night
will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
DAY 14: We return to San Carlos by boat along the Río
Negro.
Return by plane and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
15th DAY: Transfer from airport.
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1 night accommodation in a hotel in the city in a
double room
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All mentioned meals and non alcoholic
beverages
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English-speaking guide
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Reservations and assistance for the plane trip
from San Carlos to Puerto Ayacucho, if you
choose this option for the return. The day of
the flight must be arranged in advance.
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All land transfers
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An electric gadget to recharge video cameras
batteries
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Permit processing
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NB Photography of the indigenous people is
not guaranteed
OR
Continue the journey back by boat with the crew and
the food supplies for five more days until we arrive at
Samariapo. The journey is pretty much non-stop, but
short visits can be arranged and we spend the night
RECOMMENDATIONS
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Bring:
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No more than 18kg of luggage
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Light clothing, swimsuit, boots and sandals, or
sport shoes
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We will assist you in arranging a return flight, if
you prefer.
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Medicine for personal use (headache,
indigestion etc.)
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A charter plane for 4 passengers costs
US$2,000.
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Torch, knife, hat, insect repellent, sun cream
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE:
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Binoculars and sufficient photographic material
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This trip is not recommended for children.
4 people. It can be a larger group but divided in to two
boats and the price will be adjusted accordingly.
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This trip does not require a specific level of
physical fitness.
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This trip can be carried out from June to
December.
AUTANA TOUR
4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS
This expedition in the south of Venezuela will take you
close to the Autana tepui. The trip is mainly by boat,
sailing along the Autana River and keeping close to the
river bank so that you can go on walks to visit, among
others, a Piaroa community; you will spend the night
here, joining in with the villagers and their shaman. It
won't be possible to visit the Autana tepui, only to
observe it from a distance, as it is considered sacred
territory by the local Piaroa people.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION
DAY 1: You will be picked up at the Orinoquia Lodge
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after your breakfast. Departure by jeep to Samariapo
Port (1 hour). Go by boat along the Orinoco River, from
which we will go along the Sipapo River. We will stop in
a place of extraordinary beauty for a refreshing bathe
and lunch. After, we will continue to the beginning of
the Autana River where we will overnight in a Piaroas
Indian village. We will visit the surroundings to learn
about their daily activities. (Overnight in hammocks).
Meals: / L/ D
DAY 2 08:30am. We start our excursion along the
Autana River, and stop in a shore of Sipapo River for
lunch. Visit the Indian community, go trekking in the
jungle guided by a local which will enhance
the experience and get a different view of the Autana.
Return to Ceguere to enjoy this fantastic place and to
overnight Meals B/L/D.
DAY 3: 08:30am We will sail back along the Autana
River and stop on the banks of the Sipapo River for
lunch. We will visit an Indian community to learn a little
about their culture then sail along the Orinoco River to
reach Samariapo port. Transfer by jeep to Puerto
Ayacucho, overnight in a hotel (in double or twin room
with air conditioning and private bathroom). Meals
B/L/D.
DAY 4: 08:00 am. Visit to the indian market. Transfer to
the aiport on time for your flight back to Caracas. End
of services. Meals: B / -/ -.
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Take your clothes and personal gear in a small
backpack.
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Light clothes, bathing suit, sandals or sport
shoes.
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Medicines according to your needs (headache,
etc.)
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Lintern, hat, raincoat, mosquitoes repelent and
sun protection
INCLUDES:
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All meals, as shown in the description.
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Binoculars, cameras, etc.
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Refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks.
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Passport (original).
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Biligual guides.
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Transfers.
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We do not guarantee the you can take pictures
to the indians.
RECOMENDATIONS:
The Caribbean
Venezuela’s Caribbean coast is, at over 3,000km long, the longest coastline in the Caribbean. It
is full of beautiful beaches, islands, coral reefs and an amazing variety of fish species.
Here we highlight some of the possibilities we offer at each location on the Venezuelan
Caribbean.
CARACAS
Caracas, Venezuela’s capital is located in the north of
the country, following the contours of a narrow
mountain valley located on the Venezuelan coastal
range. The valley’s temperatures are spring-like, and
the inhabitable surface of the Caracas Valley lies
between 2,500 and 3,000ft (760 and 910m) above sea
level. The valley is close to the Caribbean Sea,
separated from the coast by a steep mountain range
(Cerro Ávila) that rises above 8,000ft (2600m); to the
south lies further hills and mountains. The official
metropolitan area has an estimated population of 3.3
million.
CARACAS CITY TOURS
This walk will take you through part of the old city
downtown, where there are a number of historical
locations evoking what Caracas looked like during the
18th and 19th centuries. Some of the places visited
during the trip include La Plaza Bolivar, Bolivar
Museum, Basilica de Santa Teresa and El Teatro
Nacional. During the tour through old Caracas there will
also be many opportunities to see modern architecture
and attractions as well.
TOUR OF AVILA NATIONAL PARK
A half-day tour to Avila National Park includes a visit to
the village of Galipan and Castillo Negro, the historic
site of an old colonial fort. There will also be the
possibility to observe different flora and fauna within
the National Park. The excursion includes a picnic-style
lunch.
TOUR OF TACARIGUA DE LA LAGUNA
A part of the National Park system in Caracas,
Tacarigua de La Laguna is a wetland region with
mangrove lagoons surrounded by tropical flora. On the
tour we will cross a mangrove lagoon by boat to a
secluded beach where you will have the opportunity of
viewing the local birdlife. Afterwards, we will have a
hearty lunch on the beach consisting of locally caught
fish.
THE CABLE CAR AND EL ÁVILA
On this tour you ride the cable car from the Caracas
valley up to the Avila Peak. From the cable car you will
be able to identify the different varieties of vegetation
in the Gamboa gallery forest, where there is also a
small waterfall with crystalline waters fed from a
mountain stream. The Avila Peak is where the
cylindrical Humboldt Hotel was built. It takes
The Caribbean
approximately 15 minutes by cable car from the
Maripérez Station. Lunch is included.
and to take a refreshing dip in remote majestic
waterfalls. Visits to sugar cane and cacao plantations,
with their colonial architecture, are also a highlight. Of
course, lazy days on the nearby beaches, like Playa
Grande in Puerto Colombia, are always a possibility.
EL HATILLO TOUR
El Hatillo is well known for its comfortable climate, old
houses and its especially friendly people who make the
town such a popular place. Most houses contain some
kind of business, be it a restaurant, a café, a ceramics
shop or a bookshop. The town, which actually belongs
to the Caracas municipality, has become a very popular
place to go, especially for weekend outings. During the
tour we will browse the town’s art exhibitions, theatre
performances and workshops in the Ateneo del Hatillo.
The journey from Caracas to El Hatillo takes
approximately 45 minutes. Lunch is included.
At night, go down to the beach so you can listen to the
drums (Tambores), played by the locals, and enjoy
Caribbean drinks such as Guarapita. If you are looking
for solitude, you can stroll along the sleepy, colonial
streets and around Bolivar Square in Choroni.
ACTIVITIES IN THE SURROUNDING AREA
CHORONÍ
On the other side of the Caribbean Mountain chain,
Choroní is a favourite destination. Tucked between the
mountainous cloud forests of Henri Pittier National
Park and the sapphire-blue waters of the Caribbean,
the colonial village is a reminder of former times.
Several houses in this pastel-coloured fishing village
have been converted into simple but comfortable fullboard accommodation.
ACTIVITIES IN CHORONI
There are many opportunities for excursions, for
example to Henri Pittier National Park to hike through
the cloud forest to observe the unique flora and fauna
You have the option of taking a small fishing boat
(”peñero”) to visit the neighbouring bays like Chuao,
where you can walk through an old cacao plantation, or
Cepe, a beautiful and tranquil palm beach with
excellent snorkelling opportunities; taking a fishing
boat to Valle Seco is another great opportunity to
snorkel. If you prefer solitude, you can walk or take a
boat to the “Hidden Beaches” just west of Choroni.
BIRDWATCHING IN HENRI PITTIER NATIONAL
PARK
(GRADE I, 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS)
The Park provides a unique opportunity for world-class
birdwatching tours; among the many attractive
features is the Portachuelo Pass, a natural migratory
route for birds and insects. Ask our representatives
about our Henri Pittier customized birdwatching trip.
The Caribbean
ISLA MARGARITA
DIVING AND SNORKELLING
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Half day at the Farallon, with transfer, boat,
dive master, equipment and one dive.
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Full day at Los Frailes, the best spot on the
island, aboard a comfortable 12m yacht
(offering bathroom, shade and security) with
transfer, boat, dive master, equipment, light
breakfast, lunch, drinks and two dives.
You can also rent a car, bicycle or a scooter and tour the
island. There are many interesting places to visit such
as museums, restored colonial forts and the colonial
beauty of La Asuncion, or you can explore the many
undeveloped and isolated beaches and attractive little
villages.
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Night dive at the Farallon with transfer, boat,
dive master and equipment.
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Half-day snorkelling at Los Frailes, with
transfer, boat, light breakfast, drinks and
snorkel equipment.
Many tours can be arranged for you: Jeep safaris,
horseback riding, windsurfing, catamaran trips to
neighbouring islands, snorkelling, diving, or a
birdwatching tour through the mangroves at the
fascinating Restinga Lagoon. Adventurous 2-day
package tours to the Orinoco Delta and Canaima are
also available from Margarita Island (see below for
description).
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Two-day lesson at Los Frailes with transfers,
equipment, two guided dives, classroom
instruction, lunch and drinks.
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Half-day lesson at the Farallon with transfer,
equipment, instructor, boat and one guided
dive.
ACTIVITIES
Besides enjoying the endless white sandy beaches, you
can have fun with a variety of activities such as jet skis,
windsurfing, bodysurfing, ultralight planes, nightlife at
the discos and shopping in the duty free stores or you
can have a delicious lobster or red snapper in any of the
restaurants along the shore.
PADI certification course for three days with transfers,
equipment, instructor and four dives
The Caribbean
LOS ROQUES
About 150km due north of Venezuela's Caribbean
coastline lies one of the least visited archipelagos in the
world: Los Roques National Park. The Park is a giant
coral reef skimming the surface of the turquoise and
emerald waters, comprising 50 white-sand islands and a
further 200 (or more) beaches and islets.
Visit the remote islands of the archipelago to relax,
stroll on the white-sand beaches or swim in the crystal
clear waters. Explore the underwater world with diving
or snorkelling excursions or visit the flats for exciting
bonefish fishing.
DIVING INFORMATION
It is possible to have lessons with one of the best diving
schools available in the Archipelago Los Roques. The
highly qualified instructors have been trained under
strict rules of safety and professionalism.
BONEFISH FISHING
Los Roques has become known as one of the best
fishing locations in the Caribbean. The numbers of
bonefish can be compared only to the Seychelles.
Schools with thousands of fish are common and anglers
are constantly following smaller groups of larger fish.
This is a place for those who love to fish from the
seashore rather than being confined to a boat. While
the archipelago is famous for its pancake flats, the area
also offers great opportunities on its coral banks, sandy
beaches, massive flats and mangrove lagoons. In
addition to world-class bonefish fishing, other
opportunities include Tarpon, Permit, Jacks, Tuna,
Snook and Barracuda. Along with the great fishing, Los
Roques also benefits from some of the most stable
weather in the Caribbean. It is outside the hurricane
belt and does not suffer the cold fronts that can occur
when fishing further north.
The Caribbean
MOCHIMA
Mochima National Park, which lies between Puerto La
Cruz and Cumana on the eastern coast, covers 950 sq
km. It is roughly three-fifths sea and islands; the
remaining coast being headlands and mainland. The
park, taking its name from the deep fjord-like Mochima
Bay, was established to halt developments by
holidaymakers who built cottages wherever they
wanted along the coast and on islands.
ADVENTURE TOURS
Sunrise dolphin watching trip; scenic sunset boat
excursions; day trip snorkelling and swimming to the
islands; day trip rafting on the Neveri River on a
traditional raft; cycling tour up the Truimiquire Valley;
day trip to the Guacharo Caves; day-long cruise on 37ft
motor yacht or week-long live-aboard trips.
DAY TRIPS ON YACHT
Cruise the local coast and islands of Mochima National
Park (min. 4 persons) including lunch and drinks.
Snorkelling equipment is available and there is optional
scuba diving.
FIVE- TO SEVEN-DAY SCENIC CHARTER
Rental equipment is available for scuba and snorkeling,
but feel free to bring your own gear.
PARIA PENINSULA
Live-aboard and cruise the Southern Caribbean waters
(min. 4 persons) exploring the South American Coast
and many tropical Caribbean Islands. Design your own
week-long adventure discovering the hidden secrets of
this new world.
The beautiful Peninsula of Paria is made up of the clear
blue crystalline waters of the Caribbean, montane
forests of the coast, shrublands, dry tropical forests and
premontane wet forests. Due to the rich diversity of
flora and fauna in the area, it is perfect for any
ecotourism adventure.
DIVING
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
The diving facility is on the beach and we have state-ofthe-art diving equipment, an air compressor and a 30ft
fibreglass boat. Dive trips include two tank dives with a
snack. Diving and snorkelling instruction is available.
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Scuba diving in the Caribbean at one of several
different beaches including, but not limited to:
Medina Beach, Puipuy Beach and Cangua
Beach.
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Scenic coastal drives along San Juan de Las
Galdonas to get a good view of the area’s
natural landscape.
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Hikes through the montane and premontane
wet forests of Cerro del Humo and Santa Isabel
to view some of the local flora and fauna.
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Visit the Turtle Research and Conservation
Project on the Paria Peninsula.
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Snorkelling along the coast to view the marine
life and its natural habitat.
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Fishing along the coast for a variety of different
fish species.
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Sunbathe on the beach, sail along the coast and
windsurf in the ocean.
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Take a boat trip to a secluded island for the day;
visit the area’s local hot springs.
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Take a night tour to the Guacharo Caves to
witness the famous birds.
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Take an off-road jeep tour or take a boat tour to
Los Testigos Island to snorkel in a more
secluded area.
Additionally, participants have the opportunity to visit a
reserve for buffalo conservation and the rehabilitation
of the natural resources. Such conservation efforts are
to ensure that the buffalo and other natural resources
will be in existence for future generations. A project is
also underway for the sustainable development of the
Paria Peninsula to maintain the quality of life for the
local people and to prevent unacceptable changes to
the natural resources. There are also opportunities for
tourists to visit the Turuepano National Park, a refuge
for the local Manatees.
Orinoco Delta
The Orinoco Delta is a vast, intricate labyrinth of waterways weaving through steamy virgin jungle
to carry the waters of the Orinoco River to the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to varied and abundant
tropical flora and fauna.
An uncountable number of channels cut through it carrying water from the Orinoco River, the
largest in Venezuela, to the Atlantic Ocean. As the centuries have passed the Orinoco has formed
into one of the largest deltas in the world. This humid jungle paradise is also home to mangrove
swamps that boast a rich diversity of bird life..
EXCURSION: 2 NIGHTS
(3D/2N)
On this excursion you overnight in our base camp, the
Orinoco Delta Lodge, located by El Guamal, one of the
various river outlets into which the Orinoco flows. The
camp buildings were erected on the banks of the river
and some over the river itself. It is rustic, comfortable
and quite extraordinary.
The lucky participants on this adventure enjoy piranha
fishing, canoe trips, visits to the villages of the Warao
people and walks through the forest among other
activities. It is a great privilege to be able to observe up
close the flora and fauna that survives in this region and
to meet the original settlers of the Delta, and most
probably of Venezuela, according to historians
EXCURSION: 4 NIGHTS
(5D/4N)
In this excursion it is possible to go beyond the Delta.
You will enjoy a spectacular excursion through the
caños observing the diverse animal and plant life. The
second camp is made up of a simple structure, deep
inside the jungle; this excursion puts us in close contact
with the surrounding environment. The night is spent in
either hammocks or beds.
After breakfast on the 5th day we will take the return
boat trip to Tucupita. We will then transfer you to
Orinoco Delta
Maturin City Airport (200km) for your late afternoon
flight to Caracas.
TOURS INCLUDE:
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
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Airport departure taxes
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Domestic charter flights (we can arrange them)
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Hotel arrangements in Caracas or Tucupita pre
and post tour (We can arrange them)
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Pre-departure information
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Assistance at the international airport
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Land transportation
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Personal gear or items of a personal nature
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Transfers to and from camp by boat
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Lodging as indicated
Meals, alcoholic beverages, tours or other
services not listed on the itinerary
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Meals and non-alcoholic drinks as indicated
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English-speaking guide
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All excursions (fishing and other activities)
Long rubber boots (up to size 12/45)
Tips to local staff, nor any expenses incurred in
preparing for the trip such as, but not limited
to, non-refundable airline tickets, insurance or
additional expenses encountered as a result of
flight delays, cancellations or missed
connections.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Overnight trips in jungle camps are not recommended
for older people or visitors with health problems.
It is not compulsory to have a vaccine, but it is
recommended. Anti-malarial medicine is a good
precaution; Mefloquine is recommended because the
malarial strains in Venezuela are chloroquine resistant.
For those who are taking long trips deep into the
jungle, it is recommended that you have other vaccines
such as Triple Polio, Yellow Fever and Measles.
Gran Sabana
The Gran Sabana is one of the most celebrated landscapes of Venezuela. From Arthur Conan
Doyle’s “The Lost World” to National Geographic’s 1989 feature story and amateur slide shows in
homes around the world, those who have seen this awesome landscape have been left with a
lasting impression.
Massive sandstone tepuis (mesas) rise out of both the jungle canopy and the rolling
grasslands. Waterfalls tumble down the sides of these massive batholiths. Some of the tepuis
tower more than 2500m above the savannah floor and have never been explored. In fact, an
estimated half of all endemic plant and animal species of the tepuis, such as Roraima and
Auyantepui, remain unique to them, and are not found anywhere else on earth; every tepui has
its own world. The Gran Sabana encompasses Canaima National Park, Angel Falls and a wealth
of cultural and biological diversity.
ANGEL FALLS AND CANAIMA
TOURS
To the South of the Orinoco River you will find Canaima
National Park, the world’s third largest park, a tropical
paradise with an infinite variety of natural resources
and breathtaking landscapes.
Canaima is located in the eastern section of the park
and comprises the tourist area of the same name;
imposing mesas such as Roraima and Auyantepui are
here, as well as the Angel Falls, the world's highest
waterfall towering 979m into the sky. You will also see
other wonders in this area such as the Canaima lagoon,
an enormous backwater formed from the turbulent
waters of the Carrao River, and Kavac, a waterfall in a
small canyon.
AUYANTEPUI TREK
(GRADE IV, 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
The Auyantepui is also called the Home of the Devil by
the Pemon Indians who live in this region. This is the
largest tepui in Bolivar state and the location of the
highest waterfall in the world – Angel Falls. This is an 8day moderate level trek.
The trip starts in Ciudad Bolivar but it is also possible to
begin in Puerto Ordaz or Santa Elena de Uairén.
DAY 1: Ciudad Bolivar -Canaima -Angel Falls –
Uraven – Guayacara We leave Ciudad Bolivar in a small
Cessna airplane. After passing a few small tepuis we
enter Canaima National Park. The flight through the
Devil’s Canyon is a thrill for people who enjoy flying.
Coming out of the canyon we leave Kavak on our right
and descend to Uruyen, our destination. We should
land before lunchtime. We’ll start the trek to the camp,
Gran Sabana
on the first terrace of the mountain, and stay there for
the night.
(2-3 hours flight; 3-4 hours hiking)
(–, L, D)
DAY 2: High Sabana-El Peñon After breakfast we
make our way across a typical “High Sabana”. Along
the way, changes in the flora are already noticeable.
Before it gets too hot, we will reach the shady and
silent sanctuary of the “Middle Rainforest”. We stay in
the shade until we reach the second terrace where the
vegetation changes quite dramatically. There, we
encounter the first members of the endemic tepui flora.
We’ll arrive at our camp, between 1500 and 1600hrs,
where we set up for the night.
(6-7 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
DAY 3: El Peñon - Auyantepui Summit - El Oso In the
morning, from “El Peñon” we look down into a sea of
clouds. After 90 minutes walking we will arrive at “La
Paloma”; there we have a little rest then begin the
ascent. Near the abyss at “Pico Libertador”, weather
permitting, we will stop for lunch. From there, after
approximately three more hours, we arrive at “El Oso”,
our friendly rock overhang and home for three nights.
We set up camp for the night at around 1700hrs.
(6-7 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
DAY 4: El Oso - Orchid Island This morning we will
relax and can spend time bathing in a waterfall about 15
minutes from El Oso. After lunch and a short siesta it’s
time to discover the orchids. We won’t have to walk far
and there will be enough time to learn about the
tepui’s flora in detail.
(3 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
DAY 5: Campo Lecho/Churún River-El Oso After an
early breakfast we will be on our way to “Campo Lecho”
located behind the big bend on the “Churún River”. We
will leave the bleak plain to enter a green haven of
rainforest, signalling the vicinity of the river. Soon we
arrive at the “Churun” bend in time for lunch. We arrive
back at “El Oso” at around 1600hrs.
(6-7 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
DAY 6: El Oso - El Peñon – Guayacara We will break
camp as early as possible and on the way down we only
stop at El Peñon for lunch. The trip is long, but it is all
downhill. We will descend with care, especially in areas
where we need ropes to help us through.
(7-8 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
DAY 7: Guayacara-Kavak A leisurely breakfast will
prepare us for the last leg before civilization beckons. In
Kavak, which we have only seen from the air, cold
drinks will be available. We will finally sit at tables after
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7 days - a well-deserved reward - and will have a special
Kavak chicken barbecue.
Comfortable hammocks will await us for a good night's
sleep.
(6 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
DAY 8: Kavak Cave-Ciudad Bolívar While we are
waiting for the plane from Ciudad Bolivar we will use
the time to visit the famous “Kavak Cave”. With
cameras safely packed in plastic bags we will swim part
of the way to a very impressive waterfall in a cave-like
opening in this narrow canyon.
(2 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
Gran Sabana
RORAIMA TREK
(GRADE IV, 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS)
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Roraima Tepui, one of the largest and highest mesas in
this region, sits at the tripartite border of Venezuela,
Brazil and Guyana. Its plateau is at 2,700m and the
highest part at 2,810m. Roraima is home to an
abundance of endemic flora and fauna species. Roughly
half of the flora identified in the “Lost World”, from Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle, exists only on Roraima and
nowhere else in the world. Isolated from each other and
towering over the savannah, these fascinating mesas
are biological wonders. Come and join us for a jeep tour
through this fascinating landscape!
DAY 1: Santa Elena - Paraitepui – Tek River Camp A
4x4 vehicle will take you to the small Pemon Indigenous
community of Paraitepui. After a light lunch in the
village, we begin the trek escorted by our Taurepan
porters. Our first camp will be established near the Tek
River, approximately a four-hour hike across the
savannah. Accommodation will be in tents so that you
can enjoy the fresh night-time air of the savannah.
(3 hours by jeep, 4 hours hiking)
(–, L, D)
Distance: Paraitepui – Tek River Camp: 12 km
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DAY 2: Tek River Camp - Roraima Base Camp In the
morning we’ll enjoy our first sunrise view of Roraima
Tepui. After breakfast, we set off for the Roraima base
camp. First, we will ford the Tek River and then
continue along the Kukenan River. Early in the
afternoon, we’ll arrive at the Military Camp, which is a
great spot to enjoy our lunch. A few hours later, we
reach our campsite, which is not far from the base of
Roraima. The camp sits at 1,800m and temperatures
drop to about 15C in the evening.
(6 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
Distances:
Tek River – Kukenan River: 1.5 km
Kukenan River – “Military camp”: 4.5 km
“Military camp” – Base camp: 4.5 km
DAY 3: Roraima Base Camp - Roraima Summit This is
our most difficult day. After a cooked breakfast we start
our trek. A few hours later we reach the base of
Roraima marked by a talus slope of huge boulders. We
ascend a 50-100ft wide ramp that runs from right to left
along the cliff face allowing the only easy access to
Roraima’s summit. We will set up camp on the top of
the tepui at a place called “Los Hoteles”.
(5 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
Distances: Base camp – “Los Hoteles”: 2.5 km
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supper and stay overnight. .
(–, L, D) .
**This tour can also begin in Sta. Elena or Ciudad
Bolivar.
DAY 4: Explore Roraima’s Summit After an early
breakfast we trek to the Kukenan’s Window so we can
view the eastern wall of Roraima. We also visit the
Triple Point where the frontiers of Brazil, Venezuela
and Guyana meet; this point is marked by a monument.
We will also explore the Valley of the Crystals.
(B, L, D)
(8 hours hiking)
DAY 5: Roraima – Tek River Camp After a good night's
rest it will be time to head back down to the savannah.
We will eat lunch at the base of Roraima before
crossing the Kukenan and Tek rivers and then setting
up base camp.
(6 hours hiking)
(B, L, D)
DAY 6: Tek River Camp-Paraitepui Village-Santa
Elena After our last breakfast on the trail, we head for
Paraitepui, about four hours away. Before meeting our
driver, we will have a leisurely lunch. After travelling in
the 4x4, we should arrive at Santa Elena around
1600hrs.
(4 hours hiking, 3 hours by jeep)
(B, L, –)
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DAYS 2-3: Waterfalls-River Excursions This excursion
highlights the beautiful world of the Pemon Indians, the
tepuis which reach up to the sky, breathtaking
waterfalls, rapids and Indian settlements. There are
also one- to two-hour-long river excursions by boat, as
well as adventurous trails we can follow by jeep. .
(B, L, D)
GRAN SABANA JEEP TOUR (1)
(GRADE I, 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS)
The mysterious, mist-shrouded Tepuis that inspired Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle to write the “Lost World” are some
of the oldest rock formations on earth. Rising several
thousand feet above the surrounding plains of
Venezuela’s Gran Sabana, the near vertical, rosecoloured cliffs of these table-top mountains, from
which sparkling waterfalls plunge into a dense ring of
tropical forest, are a dramatic and inspiring sight.
DAY 1: Puerto Ordaz - El Dorado - Indigenous Camp
Early in the morning we start our excursion from Puerto
Ordaz, setting off on the long trip to the Gran Sabana.
The camp is built in an Indian settlement where the
locals will host us for the night. After settling in we will
visit a gold mine before returning to camp. We will have
DAY 4: End of Services After our last breakfast
together, we start our trip back. We will arrive in Puerto
Ordaz at around 1700hrs. .
(B, L, –)
Gran Sabana
GRAN SABANA JEEP TOUR (2)
(GRADE I, 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS)
The mysterious, mist-shrouded Tepuis that inspired Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle to write the “Lost World” are some
of the oldest rock formations on earth. Rising several
thousand feet above the surrounding plains of
Venezuela’s Gran Sabana, the near vertical, rosecoloured cliffs of these table-top mountains, from
which sparkling waterfalls plunge into a dense ring of
tropical forest, are a dramatic and inspiring sight.
DAY 1 We embark on our journey overland to the Gran
Sabana and we will visit Cachamay Park or the Plaza del
Agua in the Macagua Dam. Then we continue our
journey for approximately 500km passing the mining
villages of Upata, Guasipati, El Callao and Tumeremo
where we will have lunch. Then the route passes El
Dorado, Las Claritas and Kilómetre 88 where the ascent
to Sierra de Lema begins. We will have a short stop in
Piedra de la Virgen and El Soldado Pionero.
Late in the afternoon we arrive at the camp where we
will have dinner and overnight.
(–, L, D)
**This tour can also begin in Sta. Elena or Ciudad
Bolivar.
DAY 2 We leave after breakfast to cover the journey
north which brings us to the indigenous hamlet of
LiwoRiwo; here we will travel by small boat for 25
minutes. We arrive at Chinak Meru waterfalls where we
can enjoy the beautiful countryside; afterwards we will
begin our descent on foot from the waterfall back to
LiwoRiwo where we will have lunch. The route then
continues to the indigenous community of Kanavayen.
Late in the afternoon we arrive at the camp where we
will have dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 After breakfast we follow the route south which
takes us to Santa Elena de Uairen. During the day there
will be time to stop at several waterfalls and ravines
(quebradas): Kaui waterfall, Kama Meru waterfall (we
will have lunch here), valley of the tepuis and Quebrada
de Pacheco.
Late in the afternoon we arrive at the camp in Santa
Elena de Uairen where we will have dinner and
overnight.
(B, L, D)
DAY 4 We leave camp after breakfast to travel to the
border with Brazil where we can enjoy views of both
countries. Then we turn north where we visit several
waterfalls: Agua Fría, Kako Paru (Jaspe), Cortina de
Yuruani and the Piscinas de Pacheco among others, to
swim and take short walks.
Late in the afternoon we arrive at the camp where we
will have dinner and overnight.
(B, L, –)
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DAY 5 After breakfast we leave camp to start our
return journey to Puerto Ordaz. We will stop at the
Balcon de la Escalera then we will go to the village of El
Callao to visit the gold mines and gold shops in the
region.
The route then takes us to Guasipati where we will stop
for lunch before finishing our tour in Puerto Ordaz.
(B, L, –)
Gran Sabana
ANGEL FALLS, CANAIMA & KAVAC
WITH OVERFLIGHT
(GRADE I, 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS)
The Angel Falls and Superior Camp tour takes your
clients into the beautiful and pristine Canaima National
Park to enjoy the natural riches of the region. You will
have the opportunity to see the Angel Falls from the air
along with the surrounding dense tropical vegetation,
which is a feature of the landscape within Canaima
National Park; also they can overnight in a camp on the
banks of the Canaima River. This tour was designed for
visitors with a good level of fitness; however, our guides
follow a route which they can adjust to suit the
capabilities of each participant, ensuring the perfect
opportunity to enjoy the vastness and diversity of
Venezuela's flora and fauna.
DAY 1: Arrival at Canaima You will be met at the
airport and transferred from Caracas to Puerto Ordaz,
which takes around 50 minutes, where you will board a
charter flight in a Cessna 206 to Canaima; the flight
takes one hour. We will meet you in Canaima and
transfer you to the camp. .
After touring Canaima's lagoon, we’ll head back to the
lodging area. In the evening you’ll have the opportunity
to rest and enjoy views of the lagoon; on a clear night
you can enjoy gazing at the stars in the Southern
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Hemisphere sky. Overnight in hammocks. .
(–,L,D)
DAY 2: Carrao River – Angel Falls After a light early
morning breakfast we depart at 0600hrs. We sail along
the Carao River for 3.5hrs before joining the Churum
River where our expedition starts. Arriving at Ratoncito
Island we will have lovely views of the Angel Falls; after
another hour's walk we'll stop for an hour at the base of
the falls. .
Dinner is served in the lodging area. .
(B,L,D)
DAY 3: Kavac Tour including Overflight Transfer to
Canaima’s Airport to start the Kavac tour. After a
thrilling flight through Devil’s Canyon in a private
Cessna, we’ll land on the isolated dirt strip at the
Pemon indigenous outpost of Kavac. .
The amazing gorge at Kavac was carved out by the
waterfalls on the slopes of the flat-topped mountains
over the centuries. The rocks of these mountains are
between 1,800 and 3,600 million years old and
considered the oldest on the planet.
Afterwards, head back to Canaima and the lodging area
for your overnight stay. .
(B,L,D)
DAY 4: Departure Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the
shores of Laguna Canaima before being transferred to
the airport.
(B,–,–)
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ANGEL FALLS RIVER TOUR
(GRADE I, 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS)
A visit to Angel Falls by river is one of the most
memorable experiences in Venezuela. Clients get the
chance to see the falls along with the surrounding
dense tropical vegetation which is a feature of the
landscape within Canaima National Park. This tour was
designed for visitors with a good level of fitness;
however, our guides follow a route which they can
adjust to suit the capabilities of each participant,
ensuring the perfect opportunity to enjoy the vastness
and diversity of Venezuela's flora and fauna.
DAY 1: Canaima-Canaima Camp-Rio Carrao You will
be met at the airport and transferred from Caracas to
Puerto Ordaz, which takes around 50 minutes, where
you will board a charter flight in a Cessna 206 to
Canaima; the flight takes one hour. We will meet you in
Canaima and transfer you to the camp.
After touring Canaima's lagoon, we’ll head back to the
lodging area. From there, we will depart by canoe and
witness the natural beauty of Sapito Falls where we’ll
be able to walk behind a powerful curtain of water. In
the evening you’ll have the opportunity to rest and
enjoy views of the lagoon; on a clear night you can
enjoy gazing at the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
sky. Overnight in DR in the lodge. (–, L, D)
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DAY 2: Rio Carrao-Angel Falls-Canaima Camp After a
light early morning breakfast we depart at 0600hrs. We
sail along the Carrao River for 3.5hrs before joining the
Churum River where our expedition starts. Arriving at
Ratoncito Island we will have lovely views of the Angel
Falls; after another hour's walk we'll stop for an hour at
the base of the falls.
Overnight in hammocks at the base of the falls.
(B,L,D)
DAY 3: Canaima Camp-Pozo de La Felicidad-Canaima
After an early departure by boat we head for Canaima
Camp visiting Pozo de La Felicidad en route. We’ll
arrive in Canaima at about 1100hrs. Transfer to the
airport.
(B,–,–)
ANGEL FALLS, CANAIMA AND
KAVAC, WITH OVERFLIGHT
(GRADE I, 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT)
The Angel Falls and Canaima tour, which includes an
overflight of the falls, takes you into the beautiful and
pristine Canaima National Park to enjoy the natural
riches of the region. You will have the opportunity to
see the Angel and Sapito falls from the along with the
surrounding dense tropical vegetation which is a
feature of the landscape within Canaima National Park.
This tour was designed for visitors with a good level of
fitness; however, our guides follow a route which they
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ensuring the perfect opportunity to enjoy the vastness
and diversity of Venezuela's flora and fauna.
DAY 1: Canaima - Campamento You will be met at the
airport and transferred from Caracas to Puerto Ordaz,
which takes around 50 minutes, where you will board a
charter flight in a Cessna 206 to Canaima; the flight
takes one hour. We will meet you in Canaima and
transfer you to the camp.
After touring Canaima's lagoon, we’ll head back to the
lodging area. From there, we will depart by canoe and
witness the natural beauty of Sapito Falls where we’ll
be able to walk behind a powerful curtain of water.
We’ll take a 20-minute walk up to Puerto Ucaima and
then we embark in the canoes again to watch the
Mayupa rapids. Overnight in double rooms with private
bathroom here.
(--, L, D)
DAY 2: Overflight This morning we'll go on a thrilling
flight through the “Cañón del Diablo” in a private
Cessna to see the stunning Angel Falls. After the flight,
we’ll return to the camp at around 1100hrs to collect
our luggage.
Once you have your luggage, you’ll be transferred to
the airport. While you wait for your flight back to
Caracas, you can visit the local handicraft’s shops which
are close by .
(D, --, --)
TOURS INCLUDE
can adjust to suit the capabilities of each participant,
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Pre-departure information
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Assistance at airports
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Transportation from and to the regional airport
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Land and river transportation
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Lodging as indicated
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Meals and non-alcoholic drinks as indicated
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English-speaking guide for trip
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First aid kits
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Life jacket for each passenger
TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE
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Airport departure taxes
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Domestic charter flights (we can arrange them)
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Items of a personal nature
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Meals, alcoholic beverages, tours or other
services not listed on the itinerary
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Tips to local staff, nor any expenses incurred in
preparing for the trip such as, but not limited
to, non-refundable airline tickets, insurance or
additional expenses encountered as a result of
flight delays, cancellations or missed
connections.
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WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING
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Lightweight long-sleeved clothing
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Waterproof jacket
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Good walking shoes/boots
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A spare pair of light shoes
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Sleeping bag
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Swimsuit
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Comfortable sandals
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Sunglasses
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Suntan lotion
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Insect repellent with 50-90% DEET
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Hat/visor
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Camera/film
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Binoculars
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Compact torch and pocket knife
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Water bottle
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OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
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Overnight trips in jungle camps are not
recommended for older people or visitors with
health problems.
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It is not compulsory to have a vaccine, but it is
recommended. Anti-malarial medicine is a
good precaution; Mefloquine is recommended
because the malarial strains in Venezuela are
chloroquine resistant. For those who are taking
long trips deep into the jungle, it is
recommended that you have other vaccines
such as Triple Polio, Yellow Fever and Measles.
The Andes
CROSSING THE ANDES ON FOOT
GRADE IV, 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)
The Sierra Nevada in Merida links the mountain range
which separates Maracaibo Lake from the Llanos
(plains) of Barinas state. In this expedition we climb to
the summit of the mountain, crossing the border
between the states of Merida and Barinas.
We cross the peaks of the mountains and descend the
slopes of the Sierra Nevada, camping or staying in
lodges en route. The lodges are part of the Tropical
Andes programme, with whom we work, and are
traditional houses adapted to provide comfortable
accommodation for visitors.
DAY 1 Just one hour after leaving our office by jeep we
arrive at the Andean village of Mucuchies (2.980m)
where we leave the main road and take the track to
Gavidia village, where we start our ascent to Micarache
(3.100m).
The countryside is made up of tiny fields, lined with
stone and grass in the hills, shaded by small copses of
tall trees. We then start to walk for several hours until
we reach the site of our first camp, by a stream (Los
Morritos 3.000m).
(1.5 hrs by jeep and 4 hours on foot)
DAY 2 After breakfast and packing up camp we set out
towards El Carrizal. Leaving behind the high plateau we
emerge into dense and little visited cloud forest,
reached through narrow valleys. Occasionally we use
dramatic suspension bridges to cross the rivers that
feed into the mighty Orinoco River.
Finally we arrive at the tiny Andean hamlet of El
Carrizal (1.400m) whose population of 20 is totally
isolated from civilisation, without roads or electricity.
The hamlet specialises in the production of coffee,
avocado and oranges. (4-5 hrs walking)
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DAY 3 In the morning we descend to another small
village, Alto La Aguada, where we stop to explore the
surroundings. We then continue to the small village of
San Jose (1.000m) where we will spend the night.
From San Jose we can enjoy lovely views of the plains
and the town of Barinas in the distance. As in El Carrizal
we will spend the night in some of the local houses.
(4-5 hrs walking)
DAY 4 We continue our journey down the slopes of the
Sierra Nevada until we reach 400m above sea level, in
the state of Barinas. The mountain path comes to an
end in the small village of Canagua where we will spend
our last night.
(4-5 hrs walking)
DAY 5 After breakfast it takes just an hour to descend
to Las Palmas where our vehicle will be waiting to take
us along the Panamerican Highway to Merida.
(1 hr walking, 3 hrs by jeep).
For an extra charge white water rafting can be
organised as part of this tour for a minimum of 6
participants
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passing through quaint, traditional settlements,
patchwork farms, semi-desert, páramo scenery, high
rocky crests dusted with snow and ice (close to Pico
Bolivar) and cloud forest. It’s a tour for all ages and
abilities.
DAY 1 After breakfast you will go by 4x4 vehicle to the
small oasis of El Morro. After El Morro, the road to the
picturesque village of Los Nevados (2,700 m) is strictly
for 4x4 and professional drivers only. Once settled in
there, we will have a look around to appreciate this
small and remote village. We overnight in a quaint inn
where a typical dinner will be provided.
(5 hours by jeep) (B, L, D)
LOS NEVADOS
(GRADE II, 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS)
This farming settlement is nestled high up in the Valley
of the Indians, a challenging place to get to by jeep or
on foot. Los Nevados offers a warm welcome and a
glimpse into the past.
This is one of our most popular tours for those wanting
maximum variety in the mountains. We travel by jeep,
by mule and on foot on a circular route from Mérida,
DAY 2 We will start the day with breakfast prepared by
our Andean hosts before letting the mules take the
strain as we climb northwards up the mountain valley
to Alto de la Cruz at 4,200m. Leaving the mules, we
hike for about two hours down the hill to our camp at
Los Calderones Valley (3,500m).
(4 hours by mule, 2 hours hiking) (B, L, D)
DAY 3 After breakfast, we’ll trek 4 hours downhill
through a cloud forest to Mucunutan. On the way, we
will enjoy views of the city of Mérida and the cloud
forest. The hike provides an excellent opportunity for
birdwatching and butterfly sighting. We will picnic on
the way. From Mucunutan, a 4x4 vehicle will transport
us to the Mercado Principal in Mérida (the city market).
(5 hours hiking and 1 hour by jeep) (B, L, –)
PARAMO TOUR
(GRADE I, 1 DAY (OPTIONAL 1 NIGHT)
The word “páramo” translates as “moor” or
“wilderness” in English and refers to the tropical subalpine ecosystems found in the highlands of Central
and South America.
We will visit a biological research station where park
officials manage an Andean Condor re-introduction
programme. We will also journey to Los Frailes, a
quaint colonial mission dating from the 17th century,
and to Pico el Aguila (4,125m), the highest point in
Venezuela accessible by car.
NOTE: This tour can be organized to be done
exclusively by jeep.
Additionally, this excursion can be customized to be
exclusively a birdwatching tour.
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DAY 1: Mérida-Páramo-Pico Aguila-Laguna NegraLos Frailes This is one of our most requested tours.
From Mérida, we follow a scenic route along dramatic
mountain roads towards the Andean Páramo. Along
the way we visit tranquil colonial Andean villages and
enjoy the drinks and delicacies they have to offer.
DAY 2: Los Frailes-Hot Springs-Musui This optional
extension involves an overnight at Piñango, a remote
village up in the Andes or at Los Frailes, a colonial
restored monastery in the Andes. It includes a hike to
the hot springs of the Musui National Park. Returning
to Mérida we can visit the colourful artisan market.
Next, we travel up the Pico el Aguila (4,125m) where we
will be able to take in the panoramic views of the
Andean peaks and sit down to a cooked Andean lunch.
From there we will visit the Laguna Mucubaji Park
(3,800m) of the Sierra Nevada National Park system.
Hiking to Laguna Negra, about 4km, we will enter a
microclimate that, due to its specific location, receives
more rain and humidity than the surrounding Páramo
area. This extra humidity gives life to an interesting
diversity of plant species, adding colour and greenery
to the windswept Páramo region. Laguna Negra is a
beautiful site on a clear, calm day. The black water
forms such a perfect mirror that it essentially
disappears and is replaced by the reflection of the trees
on the mountainside.
Optional tandem paragliding can be included at an
additional cost. This option may extend the length of
the tour to 3 days.
After enjoying the tranquil scenery of the Laguna, we
will continue to Los Frailes, a quaint colonial mission
dating from the 17th century. From Los Frailes we work
our way back through the scenic Venezuelan Andes to
Mérida. We will drop you off at your hotel. A horseback
ride to the Laguna Negra can be arranged for an
additional cost.
(4 hours by jeep, 2 hours hiking) (–, L,–)
(1 hour hiking, 4 hours by jeep, 1 hour biking) (B, L, –)
PARAGLIDING
(GRADE II, 1 DAY)
If you’re looking for a real thrill with incredible,
panoramic views, join us for an afternoon of
paragliding!
We’ll bring you to the office of Natoura where, over
coffee, you’ll meet your professional guide. Packing up
the 4x4 jeep, we’ll head through the south of Mérida to
Tierra Negra. This is your take-off point!
TECHNICAL HINTS:
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Flight type: Soaring and thermal

H.A.S.L.: 1,500 metres above sea level

Unevenness: 900 meters
Duration of flight: 45 minutes.
The Andes
CANYONING
(GRADE IV, 1 DAY)
What is canyoning? In a nutshell, canyoning is
exploring/touring a canyon. It is most widely know for
rappelling down waterfalls…in the water. You do not
need any previous experience of rappelling to take part
in this activity. We have several years of experience in
canyoning and our guides are qualified to handle any
situation that should arise.
ITINERARY
We depart from Mérida at 0830hrs and drive 25 minutes
to an altitude of 1,750m above sea level following the
“El Morro en la Sierra Nevada” route. Then we walk
another 25 minutes, mostly downhill, to the canyoning
site where you will have the best view of the whole of
Mérida.
Once at the cave, the guide will instruct us on how to
use the equipment and rappel the falls. From here we
will begin our tour of the river. Along the way we will
pass many small cascades and three larger waterfalls:
12m, 22m and 25m. The client can rappel down the side
of the falls or through the water. Depending on the size
of the group, the excursion should take 3-4 hours within
the canyon.
TOUR INCLUDES:

English-speaking Guide

Lunch

Wetsuit, Rappelling Harness, Safety Harness,
Rapelling Rope and all other necessary
equipment

All transportation to and from Mérida

Snacks
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Insurance
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING:

Fresh Change of Clothes

Swimsuit

Waterproof Camera

Sandals or Waterproof Shoes
NOTE: If you have any specific medical conditions that
may be affected by canyoning you need to discuss this
with your guide at the beginning of the tour. Make sure
you take proper precautions with your contact lenses
and spectacles. In the event that weather conditions
prevent this tour from happening, it will take place the
following day or you will receive a 100% refund.
The Andes
DAY 1: Mérida-La Mucuy-Laguna Coromoto: At
0830hrs we drive from Mérida to La Mucuy (2,000m) in
the Sierra Nevada National Park where the path goes
right up into the cloud forest. On this part of the trek
we’ll pass several streams and small waterfalls. Camp
will be set up at Laguna Coromoto (3,200m), a cool
alpine lake teeming with trout. (45 minutes by jeep, 5.5
hours hiking; 9 km) (–, L, D)
BOLIVAR PEAK
(GRADE IV, 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)
The route to the top of Pico Bolivar is both spectacular
in its beauty and challenging in its ruggedness. Like the
Humboldt trek, the trail starts at La Mucuy, a part of
the Sierra Nevada National Park. The path winds its
way up through dense, tropical cloud forest. It is
enchanting to see the number of bird and butterfly
species that inhabit the region. On the three-day ascent
to the base of Bolivar, we will pass through the
beautiful paramo, famous for the velvety “frailejon”
plant of the Andes. With the proper climbing
equipment, we will summit Pico Bolivar, a peak 5,007
meters high, and gaze across national boundaries into
Colombia
DAY 2: Laguna Coromoto -Laguna Verde-Laguna Del
Suero: After packing up, we head off to Laguna Verde
(3.800m), so named because of its brilliant emerald
colour, located at the base of the impressive Humboldt
(4,942m) and Bonpland Peaks (4,883m). The way to
Laguna Verde is steeper and rockier than the previous
day, and the scenery is much more open as you follow
the valley upwards. A little further on, we will set up
camp at Laguna Del Suero (4,200m), nestled in the
tranquil surroundings of these imposing peaks. (5 hours
hiking; 6 km) (B, L, D)
DAY 3: Laguna Del Suero-Laguna Timoncito-Bolívar
Base: We start our hike from Laguna del Suero where
we will hike west to Laguna Timoncito and face a steep
uphill slope on loose rocks called “Chomahoma”. Once
on top we will enjoy spectacular views in both
directions. We’ll embark on a traverse which runs along
the rear of the range. Camp will be made at the base of
Pico Bolívar (4,600m) which is an ideal place to admire
the brilliance of the night sky. (4-7 hours hiking; 7.5 km)
(B, L, D)
DAY 4: Bolívar Base-Bolívar Summit This morning
we’ll start the climb up to Pico Bolivar (5,007m). From
the summit, you can capture the splendour of the
natural surroundings. Descending to base camp we will
enjoy a cooked dinner. (6 hours climbing) (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Stay overnight at Pedro Peña’s house at
3,200m, or carry on to Los Nevados (6-7 hours further
on) and stay there for the night. (4-6 hours hiking;... 5.6
km) (B,–,–)
DAY 6: Descent The descent starts through a cloud
forest, down to Mucunután, where the trip ends. (4-5
hours walking)
The Andes
HUMBOLDT PEAK
(GRADE IV, 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS)
This climb ascends to Venezuela’s second highest
mountain at 4.942 meters, which is just as impressive
as its neighbor Pico Bolivar. The climb to the top of
Humboldt’s glacier requires crampons and pick axes.
This trip follows the same route as that of Pico Bolivar,
passing through mysterious cloud forest, stark paramo,
and hauntingly quiet desert paramo. The rewards of
this crossing can be unforgettable.
DAY 1: Mérida-La Mucuy-Laguna Coromoto At
0830hrs we drive from Mérida to La Mucuy (2,000m) in
the Sierra Nevada National Park where the path goes
right up into the cloud forest. On this part of the trek
we’ll pass several streams and small waterfalls. Camp
will be set up at Laguna Coromoto (3,200m), a cool
alpine lake teeming with trout. (45 minutes by jeep, 5.5
hours hiking; 9 km) (–, L, D)
DAY 2: Laguna Coromoto -Laguna Verde-Laguna Del
Suero After packing up, we head off to Laguna Verde
(3,800m), so named because of its brilliant emerald
colour, located at the base of the impressive Humboldt
(4,942m) and Bonpland Peaks (4,883m). The way to
Laguna Verde is steeper and rockier than the previous
day, and the scenery is much more open as you follow
the valley upwards. A little further on, we will set up
camp at Laguna Del Suero (4,200m), nestled in the
tranquil surroundings of these imposing peaks. (5 hours
hiking; 6km) (B, L, D)
DAY 3: Laguna Del Suero-Morrena-Humboldt
Summit-Laguna Del Suero After enjoying breakfast
and packing up camp, we’ll start the climb up a steep
rocky slope called “Morrena”. Once we reach the
glacier, we’ll put our crampons on! When we reach the
Humboldt’s summit (4,942m), we should enjoy an
incredible view of the Colombian Andes in the distance
and Pico Bolivar just 5km away in the other direction.
We’ll then descend to Laguna Del Suero where we will
camp for the night. (4-7 hours hiking) (B, L, D)
DAY 4: Laguna Del Suero-Coromoto Lake-Mérida
Our return journey takes us via Coromoto Lake where
we'll have a picnic lunch overlooking the serene water.
After lunch we’ll begin our... decent to La Mucuy where
our jeep awaits to bring us back to the city of Mérida.
The tour includes a transfer to your hotel. (6 hours
hiking, 45 minutes by jeep) (B, L,–)
The Andes
sugar mill to see how sugar cane is processed. We ride
down on a mountain bike and stop at Laguna de Urao,
the only saltwater lake in the whole of Venezuela. The
road to Los Pueblos del Sur starts here and we climb
steeply up a mountain road from 460m to 2,290m with
lots of zigzags. We finally arrive at the remote village of
San Jose de Acequias where we spend the night in an
idyllic Andean hut. The standard of accommodation
and food is excellent.
1-1.5hours by mountain bike, 5hours by jeep) (-/-/D)
SAN JOSE TOUR
GRADE II 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
In San Jose, as well as in the majority of towns in the
south, they cook over an open fire, they grind corn
using stones, use oxen to plough the land and mules to
transport the crops.
We are accommodated in a mountain hut and will go
on walks, horse rides and go mountain biking through a
variety of ecosystems, visit old coffee plantations and
traditional sugar mills where the sugar cane is
processed to produce sugar loaf.
DAY 1 Leaving Merida we stop at at the typical Andean
village of Jaji, recognised by UNESCO as a heritage site.
We continue to San Juan de Lagunillas to see chewing
tobacco being manufactured and then visit a traditional
DAY 2: We descend into the Tostos valley by foot or on
horseback and here we will have the chance to meet
the local people. We have the opportunity to descend
to Tierra Negra on a mountain bike, the take-off point
for an optional flight by tandem paraglider. After a
perfect day we return to Merida in the evening.
(4hours on horseback, 5hours walking, 1.5hours by
mountain bike, 30-45 mins on tandem paraglider flight,
2hours by jeep) (B,L,-)
CONDOR PASS
(GRADE II, 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS)
THE FORGOTTEN LAND…
Opposite the Sierra Nevada we find a parallel and
slightly lower chain of mountains called La Culata. Like
the páramo, La Culata treats hikers to vast, windswept
vistas across a treeless terrain. Many endangered
species live in this park and enormous condors soar
over the park’s peaks on lofty 3.5m wingspans. No
mountaineering equipment is necessary for the ascent
to the top of Pan de Azúcar Peak (4,747m). A clear day
will reward you with the sight of Lake Maracaibo to the
north and the entire Sierra Nevada range spreading out
to the south.
DAY 1: At around 0730hrs our driver will pick you up at
your hotel and take you to the office for a cup of coffee
and to arrange all the equipment with your guide. Then
we will set off for “el Valle”, and go right to the end of
the road, where we will find the access to the Sierra La
Culata National Park and the start of our ascent. The
hike starts at 3,200m and climbs to our first camping
site at 3,600m. (1 hour driving, 4 to 5 hours hiking)
Meals:--,L,D
DAY 2: Today, if you wish, you can climb to the top of
the peak of Pan de Azucar at 4,700m; from there it is
possible to see the Sierra Nevada National Park and its
highest peaks, Bolivar and Humboldt, and, weather
permitting, Lake Maracaibo.
The Andes
We will hike for 4 to 5 hours; the ascent does not
require technical equipment, but good physical
conditions and acclimatization. This might be a long
day if you decide to go to the top; returning from the
top we take all the equipment with us to the second
camp site which is a further 3 hours away. Camp will be
set up near a lagoon named “La Carbornera”.
(7-8 hours hiking) Meals: B,L,D
DAY 3: After a hearty breakfast we will begin our trek
to the hot springs. The trek continues across an area
densely colonized by short red-trunked coloradito trees
— the species of tree which grow at the highest altitude
in the world. They once formed a solid belt marking the
upper limits of the Andean jungle zone but now only
ten pockets of coloraditos remain. Once these trees
have been felled this ecosystem does not regenerate.
At the natural hot springs we can bathe in the warm
waters before walking for another 45 minutes to the
road where the driver will be waiting to take us back to
Mérida. (3 - 4 hours hiking, up to 2 hours driving)
Meals: B,L,--

Meals, alcoholic beverages, tours or other
services not listed on the itinerary

Tips to local staff, nor any expenses incurred in
preparing for the trip such as, but not limited
to, non-refundable airline tickets, insurance
or additional expenses encountered as a result
of flight delays, cancellations or missed
connections.
TOUR INCLUDES:

Tour transportation by 4x4

English-speaking guide

All meals and soft drinks during trip

Camping equipment

First aid kit

Permits for National Parks

Warm clothes for the mountain

Radio communication

Waterproof jacket

Good walking shoes/boots (preferred)

Sunglasses

Sunscreen and insect repellant

Hat/visor
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Domestic flights (we can arrange them)

Accommodation in Merida (we can arrange
this)

Porters

Items of a personal nature
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING:
 Camera and film
Los Llanos
Over 400 species of birds speckle the grasslands with
white, crimson, yellow, blue, orange and black
providing excellent birdwatching opportunities. You
can see scarlet ibis, chestnut-fronted macaws, jabiru
storks, black-collared hawks and the prehistoriclooking hoatzin.
The Llanos’ habitats also shelter a wide array of other
animals such as giant anteaters, wild horses,
armadillos, iguanas, turtles, red howler and capuchin
monkeys, capybaras (the largest rodent in the world)
and tens of thousands of caiman. The rivers teem with
freshwater dolphins, piranhas, anacondas and turtles.
LOS LLANOS
(GRADE I, 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS)
The Llanos, the vast savannah region of Venezuela,
sustains a breathtaking variety of wildlife; this wildlife
revolves around dramatic flood/drought cycles, where
seemingly never-ending rivers and flat plains are baked
and dusty in the dry season (May-November), lush and
flooded in the rainy season (December-April). It
abounds in biodiversity.
The Venezuelan Llanos are a strange blend of the
American Wild West and Africa’s savannah safaris,
where people still hunt and harvest in accordance with
age-old customs, and dusty cowboys try to tame a land
as wild and uncontrollable as the creatures that roam
across its seemingly endless face.
DAY 1 At around 0700hrs we pick you up and take you
to our office where you will enjoy a fresh cup of coffee
or tea. We leave from Mérida and head to San Rafael de
Mucuchíes (3,140m) where we will visit the stone
church of Juan Félix Sánchez. We will continue to
Apartaderos and follow the road to Barinas, but not
Los Llanos
before stopping at a glacial lake in Mucubají (3,450m)
and visiting Andean villages en route. From there we
drive to Barinitas to enjoy a hearty lunch.
Then we continue our journey direct to our base camp
on the low plains of Apure State. The friendly llaneros,
led by Mr Viviano, will welcome us and give us a typical
and delicious llanera dinner. Accommodation is in
rooms equipped with hammocks, mosquito nets and
shared bathrooms.
Meals (--, L, D)
DAY 2 After a delicious breakfast we begin our
horseback ride across the heart of the Venezuelan
plains (Llanos). In the gallery forest we may see storks,
herons, red scarlet ibis, hawks, falcons, parrots and
many other birds, as well as howler monkeys and,
possibly, anteaters. We will then return to the camp
across the prairie, where you can enjoy a gallop; we will
have lunch and relax in our hammocks under the cool
shade of the mango trees.
When the sun goes down a bit, and after a coffee, we
will get into our jeep for an exciting safari on the plains
surrounding the camp. During the tour we will have the
opportunity to see the rich wildlife of “el Llano”.
Besides the large number of birds around the shores of
the "préstamos" (artificial lagoons formed as a result of
the excavations to make dirt roads above the plains),
you can see lots of alligators, small herds of capybaras,
pairs of deer and, with the help of our llanero guides, we
could spot the intimidating anaconda or the striking
anteater.
At night, we can relax with the friendly llanera people,
play cards and sleep in our hammocks.
Meals: (B, L, D)
DAY 3 After breakfast, we embark on a four-hour boat
trip. Our guides will take us to the Caño (stream)
Guaritico where we'll see graceful freshwater dolphins,
capybaras (the world's largest rodent), caimans,
iguanas, many birds, possibly otters and some
anacondas.
We’ll return to camp for lunch and relax for a few hours
until it begins to get cooler in the afternoon. Then we'll
go and try our luck at catching piranhas; we will let the
llaneros choose the best place as they know where the
fishing is good. While we are fishing we can admire the
Lonely Eagle, which will follow us, searching for fish.
After dinner, weather permitting, we can admire the
beautiful starry skies of the Llanos without interference
from the light pollution of large cities. A great
advantage of our geographical location is that we can
see the constellations of both hemispheres… Finally,
we will enjoy a well deserved relaxing night in our
hammocks.
Meals: (B, L, D)
DAY 4: After early morning breakfast, we will start our
return to Merida (or Barinas).
Meals (B,--,--)
Los Llanos
NOTES:

Boat trip in the Lower Llanos

Sleeping bag liner or a light blanket


Tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary.

Sunglasses

Sunscreen lotion and insect repellant

If you have to stay in the city of Barinas to take
a bus or a flight to your next destination, we
can arrange a transfer to the terminal or
airport. We can also arrange your air ticket in
advance.
Rafting in the rapids of Barinas can be arranged
as part of this tour for an additional price, but it
requires a minimum of 4 people.

The order of the above activities may vary
depending on the weather conditions.

With the heat of the Llanos, around 34C in the
daytime, hot water is not necessary. However,
the nights are cool.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE::

Airport departure taxes

Hat/visor/cap

Domestic flights

Camera/film and binoculars

Overnight in Merida or Caracas

Compact torch

Sleeping bag, other personal gear,or items of a
personal nature

Meals, tours, other services not listed on the
itinerary or alcoholic beverages

Tips to local staff, nor any expenses incurred in
preparing the trip, such as, but not limited to,
non-refundable airline tickets, insurance
or additional expenses caused as a result of
flight delays, cancellations or missed
connections.
TOUR INCLUDES:

Comprehensive pre-departure information

All meals and soft drinks as indicated.

Accommodation in hammocks with shared
bathrooms, as outlined
WE RECOMMEND YOU BRING:

Transportation in 4x4 vehicles (or buses,
depending on the group size)
Warm clothes for the trip through the Paramo
(moors)

Light clothing, swimsuit and towel

English-speaking guides

Waterproof jacket or poncho, in case of rain

Horseback riding

Good walking shoes/boots

Jeep Safari

Comfortable sandals

Los Llanos
RAFTING TOURS
ONE-DAY EXPEDITION: RIVER ACEQUIA
RAPIDS CLASSIFICATION I AND IV.
DIFFICULTY: DIFFICULT
THE WESTERN PLAINS BARINAS
This rafting trip includes a thrilling descent through
more than 20 rapids and sets out from one of the most
beautiful locations on the River Siniguis, known as Dos
Bocas. This is where the Siniguis and Acquia rivers
converge. Here we prepare for the descent through the
impressive Batidora rapid, then immediately continue
through two more rapids, the Poceta and the Quiebracostilla. These three rapids alone would be enough to
complete this exciting trip, but it doesn't finish there:
you still have the Frances, Chupadora, Splash, Speedy
Gonzalez, Helicoptero, Submarino, Terminator and
Surf en USA to go!
This journey includes rapids with a level of difficulty
ranging from Class I to Class IV. To be able to take part
in this activity clients must be prepared to get wet and
to have a good time, since there is no need for physical
preparation. Although teamwork helps to steer the
boat there will always be an experienced guide
accompanying you who will ensure that you take the
best route in order to descend the river safely but also
meet the expectations of the participants. In the same
way he will give his professional support for all aspects
of passenger safety and will keep you informed about
rescue procedures should the boat flip over. The skill in
rafting makes an excellent recreational opportunity as
it combines sport with the observation and enjoyment
of nature.
PROGRAMME
DAY 1 Welcome to the camp and tour of the facilities
Return transfers from the camp to the river
Introduction to rafting
Rafting on River Acequia – Class I and IV
Los Llanos
We use inflatable boats capable of carrying 8 people,
designed and strengthened to meet the particular
demands of the river, inflated in sections, and very
stable and fitted with safety ropes and handles. In
addition, we supply all the necessary equipment: oars,
helmets and lifejackets. The use of the last two pieces
of equipment is compulsory.
SEASON
From May to November, subject to the level of the
water – reservations must be made in advance.
OPTIONAL
RECOMMENDATIONS

Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner including soft drinks
THE PARTICIPANTS
This trip is designed for clients of at least 14 years of
age with whom we will row through large waves and
powerful water on the River Acequia. As we venture
down river, we will find resting places where we can
observe many birds in their natural habitat. We will be
on the river for around two and a half to three hours.
The trip will go by the same safety regulations and use
the same equipment as for our trips through Class V+
rapids.
Participants under 18 years of age must have
authorisation from a parent or guardian.
EQUIPMENT
For the trip you should preferably wear long
trousers, cotton long-sleeved shirts or vests,
comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and
waterproof jacket in case of rain (May – Nov).
Also take a towel and items such as sun hat,
sunglasses and binoculars. The temperature in
the region various between 20C and 30C. At
night you will need a sweater, blanket and
torch.

Take suitable and comfortable clothes with
you: swimsuit, shorts, light sports shoes and
sandals with fastenings.

It is imperative you take insect repellent and
suntan cream.

Only take what is necessary with you, with your
name clearly marked on it for easy
identification.

Carry your own medical kit to avoid taking any
medicine which may not suit you.

Don't forget your camera and identity card or
passport.

Minimum of 8 participants:
TWO-DAY RAFTING
TWO-DAY/ONE NIGHT EXCURSION.
THE ACEQUIA AND SINIGUIS RIVERS
THE WESTERN PLAINS
This rafting trip includes a thrilling descent through the
rapids along the Acequia and Siniguis rivers, in cold but
tolerable water, in the Barinas foothills. The journey
includes rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to
strong Class IV. To be able to take part in this activity
clients must be prepared to get wet and to have a good
time, since there is no need for physical preparation.
Although teamwork helps to steer the boat there will
always be an experienced guide accompanying you
who will ensure that you take the best route in order to
descend the river safely but also meet the expectations
of the participants. In the same way he will give his
professional support for all aspects of passenger safety
and will keep you informed about rescue procedures
should the boat flip over. The skill in rafting makes an
Los Llanos
the region various between 20C and 30C. At
night you will need a sweater, blanket and
torch.
Farewell
PARTICIPANTS
The descents require a certain degree of effort and can
be very exhausting for those who are not physically fit,
even though it does not require any previous
experience or special training. We can take children
depending on their size and ability to follow safety
instructions. Participants under 18 years of age must
have authorisation from a parent or guardian.
EQUIPMENT
excellent recreational opportunity as it combines sport
with the observation and enjoyment of nature.
Lunch including soft drinks
We use inflatable boats capable of carrying 8 people,
designed and strengthened to meet the particular
demands of the river, inflated in sections, and very
stable and fitted with safety ropes and handles. In
addition, we supply all the necessary equipment: oars,
helmets and lifejackets. The use of the last two pieces
of equipment is compulsory.
Introduction to rafting
SEASON
Rafting on River Acequia – Class II and III
From May to November, subject to the level of the
water – reservations must be made in advance.
PROGRAMME
DAY 1 Welcome to the camp and tour of the facilities
Return transfers from camp to the river
Dinner including soft drinks
Overnight
DAY 2 Breakfast
Review and induction to Class IV rafting
Rafting on River Siniguis – Class III and IV
Lunch including soft drinks
RECOMMENDATIONS

For the trip you should preferably wear long
trousers, cotton long-sleeved shirts or vests,
comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and
waterproof jacket in case of rain (May – Nov).
Also take a towel and items such as sun hat,
sunglasses and binoculars. The temperature in

Take suitable and comfortable clothes with
you: swimsuit, shorts, light sports shoes and
sandals with fastenings.

It is imperative you take insect repellent and
suntan cream.

Only take what is necessary with you, with your
name clearly marked on it for easy
identification.

Carry your own medical kit to avoid taking any
medicine which may not suit you.

Don't forget your camera and identity card or
passport.

Minimum of 8 participants.
EXTREME RAFTING
TWO DAYS/ONE NIGHT RAFTING
SINIGUIS AND ALTO CANAGUA RIVERS
THE WESTERN PLAINS
DESCRIPTION
This rafting trip includes a thrilling descent through the
rapids along the Siniguis and Alto Canagua rivers, in
cold but tolerable water, in the Barinas foothills. The
journey includes rapids with a high level of difficulty.
Los Llanos
To be able to take part in this activity clients must be
prepared to get wet and to have a good time, since
there is no need for physical preparation. Although
teamwork helps to steer the boat there will always be
an experienced guide accompanying you who will
ensure that you take the best route in order to descend
the river safely but also meet the expectations of the
participants. In the same way he will give his
professional support for all aspects of passenger safety
and will keep you informed about rescue procedures
should the boat flip over. The skill in rafting makes an
excellent recreational opportunity as it combines sport
with the observation and enjoyment of nature.
PROGRAMME
DAY 1 Welcome to the camp and tour of the facilities
Return transfers from camp to the river
Lunch including soft drinks
Introduction to rafting
Rafting on River Acequia – Class III and IV
Dinner including soft drinks
Overnight
DAY 2 Breakfast
Review and induction to Class IV rafting
Rafting on River Siniguis – Class III and IV
Lunch including soft drinks
Farewell
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Take suitable and comfortable clothes with
you: swimsuit, shorts, light sports shoes and
sandals with fastenings.

It is imperative you take insect repellent and
suntan cream.

Only take what is necessary with you, with your
name clearly marked on it for easy
identification.

Carry your own medical kit to avoid taking any
medicine which may not suit you.

Don't forget your camera and identity card or
passport.
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Minimum of 8 participants
PARTICIPANTS
The descents require a certain degree of effort and can
be very exhausting for those who are not physically fit,
even though it does not require any previous
experience or special training.
EQUIPMENT
We use inflatable boats capable of carrying 8 people,
designed and strengthened to meet the particular
demands of the river, inflated in sections, and very
stable and fitted with safety ropes and handles. In
addition, we supply all the necessary equipment: oars,
helmets and lifejackets. The use of the last two pieces
of equipment is compulsory.
SEASON
From May to November, subject to the level of the
water – reservations must be made in advance.
RECOMMENDATIONS

For the trip you should preferably wear long
trousers, cotton long-sleeved shirts or vests,
comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and
waterproof jacket in case of rain (May – Nov).
Also take a towel and items such as sun hat,
sunglasses and binoculars. The temperature in
the region various between 20C and 30C. At
night you will need a sweater, blanket and
torch.
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Our regional tours are particularly designed to give visitors the greatest variety of options to
discover the most interesting and difficult to reach areas of Venezuela.
These tours are a combination of individual trips, split into zones. What is and isn't included is
outlined for each itinerary. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us and we
will do our best to answer your queries
1. Adventure in the lost world of Conan Doyle:
Roraima, Angel Falls (10 days/9 nights)
2. Relampago del Catatumbo (Catatumbo lightning),
Andes Mountains and the Llanos (plains) (8 days /
7 nights)
3. Exploring Venezuela in depth (Canaima, Angel
Falls, the Andes and the Llanos (10 days/9 nights)
4. Driving through Venezuela
5. Great Savannah – canaima (9 days)
6. The orinoco delta – Canaima (9 days)
7. The Amazon – Canaima (amongst the tepuis) (9
days)
8. Caura River – Canaima (10 days)
9. Adventure tour: Andes, Llanos, Caribbean
10. Extensions to:
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Paria

Los Roques
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Mochima
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To a ranch in the Llanos
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ADVENTURE IN THE LOST WORLD OF
CONAN DOYLE
of Canaima National Park (home to Angel Falls). This
area is virtually untouched and its continued protection
ensures its sustainability for future generations.
RORAIMA, ANGEL FALLS
DAY 1 Arrival in Caracas We will meet you on arrival at
Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, and
transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where you
will spend the night. We will also give you all the
necessary documents, including air tickets and
vouchers. Meals (---)
(10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS)
In this regional tour visitors will have the opportunity to
take in the mysterious tepuis (table-top mountains)
that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write “The Lost
World”. These formations are some of the oldest on the
planet and they are found in the tropical surroundings
DAY 2 Caracas – Puerto Ordaz This morning we will
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transfer you from your hotel to the domestic airport for
your flight to Puerto Ordaz. On arrival you will be taken
in a 4x4 vehicle to the small village of Paraitepui where
you can enjoy the impressive views of the savannah and
waterfalls and spend the night camping.
(7-8 hrs travel by road) (L,D)
DAY 3 Paraitepui – Military Camp We set off on our
hike accompanied by our Taurepan porters who use
woven baskets to carry the luggage. The main
indigenous Pemon tribes here are the Arekuna and the
Kamarakoto, who each have their own dialect.
We set up camp close to the Tek River (11km) after
around 4 hours hiking across the savannah. Directly in
front of us you will be able to see the vast, symmetrical
bulk of Roraima whose peak, at 2,723m above sea level,
rises up over the Llanos. To the north of the plateau is
the 2,650m high neighbouring tepui of El Kukenan and
in the distance three more tepuis dominate the skyline.
We also cross the Tek River and then El Kukenan which
is much larger and around 40m wide. Our guides must
judge the height of the river when we cross it.
Halfway to our base camp we come to a wide and
sloping area of black rocks covered with lichen where
you can make out various types of lizards and Rufouscollared sparrows. Our camp is in a deserted military
post and its position at around 1,000m means you can
have a refreshing dip in the river. We will camp
throughout our journey across the tepui.
(6-7 hrs hiking) (B,L,D)
DAY 4 Military camp – Roraima summit At daybreak
we will enjoy our first view of Roraima tepui and the
significance of its many local names, such as
Magnificent, Ever Fruitful, Mother of Streams, will
become apparent; her waters feed three river systems,
the Amazon, the Orinoco and the Esequibo. We will
pass through a beautiful cloud forest covered in thick
vegetation where we can see close up the huge
diversity of plants surrounding us, such as bromelias,
tree ferns, mosses, heliconias and much more.
We climb a narrow slope which runs from right to left
across the cliff face, providing easy access to the
summit. The British explorer, Everard Imthurn,
discovered the route in 1887. When we reach the
summit we will have an astounding view of the
savannah stretching out below us.
We climb up to our camp on the top of the tepui
(2,723m), tucked under a rocky ledge which will protect
us from the strong winds, the constant showers and the
cold temperature, which can get as low as 5C at night.
This type of cave is called a hotel by the guides. We will
spend some time exploring the black rocky scenery
surrounding the camp.
(5hr excursion) (B,L,D)
DAY 5 Roraima summit We will spend all day exploring
the fantasy world on the tepui and the tripoint where
Venezuela, Brazil and the disputed area of Guyana
Esequibo meet.
We will explore the valley of crystals, and the
fascinating life on the summit of Roraima. Your
attention will be drawn by the unique animals and
plants, like the toads that roll into a ball to get away
from danger. The countryside is as intriguing: the rain
and the wind constantly work away to form enormous
rock sculptures; stones the size of a house balance
precariously on slender columns; arches and pillars
form natural bridges that cross deep chasms.
Everywhere you look you will see black lichen
encrusting the surface of the rocks. After eating enjoy
the night sky where the Southern Cross will be our
companion, just like the stars and constellations of the
northern hemisphere.
(7-8 hrs hiking)
(B,L,D)
DAY 6 The summit – Tek River After a restful night,
you will walk back down to the savannah and lunch at
the base of Roraima surrounded by huge rocks which
form a steep slope. We then cross the Tek and Kukenan
rivers and continue to base camp.
(6 hrs walking) (B,L,D)
DAY 7 Tek River camp – Paraitepui – Santa Elena
After our last meal on the trek we set off towards
Paraitepui, 4 hours away, where we are met by the 4x4
vehicles which will take us to Santa Elena arriving at
around 1600hrs. We will spend the night in the
delightful eco-camp where we will enjoy a welcome
meal.
(4 hrs walking; 3 hrs by 4x4) (B,L)
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DAY 8 Santa Elena – Canaima Transfer to Santa Elena
airport for the 1100hrs flight to Canaima where we will
be taken to an eco-camp. We take a trip to Canaima's
lovely lagoon and the dramatic Sapo waterfall where
we can pass through an impressive curtain of water.
Overnight in the camp. (L,D)
DAY 9 Excursion to Angel Falls Today we have an
early breakfast and leave at 0500hrs for an excursion to
the base of the mighty Angel Falls.
After a 15-minute walk we arrive at Puerto Ucaimo,
situated above the Canaima waterfalls, where we board
a boat to take us along the Carrao River. From the boat
we will see the lush vegetation of Canaima. When we
reach Sabanas de Mayupa we will disembark to walk
across the savannah and to avoid the rapids.
Once we have passed the rapids we will get back on the
boat and continue upriver to the little native village of
Arautaima. Here we will experience the lush and varied
vegetation of the primary rainforest. Be prepared for
your first view of stunning Angel Falls when we reach
Ratoncito Island. It is another hour's walk to get close to
the falls from a clearing where we can appreciate the
power of the tumbling water. We will spend an hour
here enjoying the waterfall and relaxing on the large
rocks, warmed by the sun.
We go back down to base camp on Ratoncito Island for
a welcome lunch and a chance to relax before tackling
the return journey along the rapids to our main camp.
(B,L,D)
DAY 10 Flight over Angel Falls – Canaima – Caracas
After breakfast we board a Cessna 206 for a thrilling
flight through Devil's Canyon for a bird's eye view of
Angel Falls. We then return to camp to collect our
things and board our chartered flight to Puerto Ordaz
airport to connect with a domestic flight to Caracas. On
arrival we are taken to a hotel near the airport.
(B)
POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS; Los Roques, Orinoco,
Paria Peninsula, ranch on the Llanos, Choroni
It is also possible to join up with our other regional tours
to create an itinerary that suits your interests and the
time you have available.
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RELAMPAGO DEL CATATUMBO
(CATATUMBO LIGHTNING), THE
ANDES MOUNTAINS AND THE
LLANOS (PLAINS)
(9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS)
In this tour visitors will have the opportunity to climb
the Venezuelan Andes range, visit the Maracaibo Lake
region, experience the Relampago del Catatumbo*,
and spend the night in remote and captivating places
such as the descent to the Venezuelan Llanos which is
home to a huge variety of flora and fauna.
*The Relampago del Catatumbo is a phenomenon
particular to the south of the Maracaibo Lake region, a
flash of lighting, which can be seen from April until the
beginning of December. It is continuous and silent, lasting
almost 10 hours throughout the night and flashing more
than 200 times per hour.
DAY 1 Arrival in Caracas We will meet you on arrival at
Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, and
transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where you
will spend the night. We will also give you all the
necessary documents, including air tickets and
vouchers.
Meals (---)
DAY 2 Caracas – El Vigia – South of Lake Maracaibo
This morning we will transfer you from your hotel to the
domestic airport for your flight to the Venezuelan
Andes and El Vigia airport located 50 minutes from
Merida. We then go overland for around 2.5 hours to
the place where we board a motorboat to cruise for an
hour to our camp by Lake Maracaibo. There we can see
dolphins, howler monkeys and toucans, among others.
We spend the nights in hammocks so that we can enjoy
the stunning meteorological phenomenon of the
Relampago del Catatumbo.
(50min flight, 2.5 hrs by road, 1.5 hrs by boat)
(B,L,D)
DAY 3 Camp South of Lake Maracaibo – Cattle ranch
We transfer to the ranch, a large farm at the heart of
the Andean cloud forest, where you can enjoy walks in
the gardens and the forest; we will have a hearty meal
and then have the opportunity to do some
birdwatching and spot the 12 varieties of
hummingbirds. We spend the night in cabins on the
farm.
(B,L,D)
DAY 4 Ranch – San Jose We set out in a 4x4 on a
fascinating journey through a variety of ecosystems
and passing through a luxurious cloud forest. We stop
at picturesque Jaji, a typical Andean village, recognised
by UNESCO as a heritage site, then descend to the
desert. We stop at a small mill to watch the production
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of chewing tobacco before continuing to Laguna de
Urao, the only one of its type in South America, its
saltiness showing the presence of the mineral Urao,
salts brought in by underwater currents. This lagoon is
a Natural Monument of Venezuela.
A little further on we stop at a green coffee plantation
where we will visit the Museum of Coffee on an old
farm where coffee is produced. From here we follow
the route to Los Pueblos del Sur where we climb
steeply up a mountain road from 460m to 2,290m with
lots of zigzags, from where we can see the plateau
which borders the Chama River. We finally arrive at the
remote village of San Jose de Acequias, a place lost in
time. We spend the night in an idyllic Andean hut by a
small lake so we can try the delicious trout.
(5 hrs by jeep)
(L,D)
DAY 5 San Jose – Merida We descend into the pretty
Tostos valley by foot or on horseback, enjoying the
surrounding eucalyptus trees and lovely rivers. Here we
will have the chance to meet the local population and
watch them plough the land with oxen. In the houses
they grind the corn by hand to make typical Andean
corncakes in woodburning stoves. We return to our hut
for a tasty lunch and a short siesta. If riding a horse isn't
sufficiently exciting we can make a thrilling descent to
Tierra Negra on a mountain bike with lovely views of
the verdant valleys below. Here we take off on an
optional flight by tandem paraglider before returning to
Merida.
(4 hrs on horseback, 5 hrs walking, 1.5 hrs by bike, 3045 mins by tandem paraglider, 2 hrs by jeep)
(B,L)
DAy 6 Plateau tour (Páramo) The Andean plateau
extends from 3,200m to 4,300 m; above this altitude
the arid rocky ground of the hillsides is called “the
deserted Andean plains”; the plateaus are open,
windswept and mainly treeless. The extremes of
temperature, like summer during the day and winter at
night, means that species have adapted their lifestyle
to suit the environment. There we will find velvety
frailejon shrubs; there are 65 endemic species to this
relative of the daisy in Venezuela.
This is one of our most requested tours; from Merida
we travel along a scenic route by a twisting
trans-Andean road towards the Andean plateau. En
route we can gaze at sleepy little colonial villages and
the beautiful scenery on the plateau.
Our first visit is the place where the Condor was
reintroduced into the Andes, and from there we go to
Pico El Aguila, the highest point reached by road
(4,118m). From here we visit the Laguna Mucubaji
(3,800m) from where we head off on the 4km walk to
Laguna Negra. The views of Laguna Negra on a clear
day are spectacular. We overnight in a lodge or hotel on
the Andean plateau.
(B,L)
DAy 7 Safari Today we transfer to a ranch on the
Llanos. All along the route there are plenty of
opportunities to admire some of the flora and fauna of
the Llanos. We arrive at the ranch in time for lunch and
then we go on an excursion in the afternoon. We will
spend the night in comfortable cabins with air
conditioning, private facilities with hot water.
(7 hrs travelling across the Llanos)
(B,L,D)
DAY 8 Safari We spend the whole day on the ranch
taking in two excursions by covered truck and boat.
The pastures are a riot of colour from the 400 or so
species of birds; white, red, yellow, blue, orange and
black so a perfect opportunity to spot some of the
Venezuelan birds. You can see the Corocoro Colorado,
Maracana, Garzon Soldado, Gavilan Colorado, Pajaro
Baco and the prehistoric Chenchena (Guacharaca de
Agua).
One of the most terrific aspects of the Llanos is the
ranches which are specialised large country estates
acting as innovative and breathtaking sanctuaries for
wildlife, some conserving up to 80,000 hectares of land
across Venezuela.
The habitat of the Llanos also acts as a refuge for a
wide selection of animals such as giant anteaters, wild
horses, armadillos, iguanas, blond monkeys and
capuchin monkeys, capibaras (the largest rodents in the
world) and hundreds of alligators. The rivers abound
with freshwater dolphins, piranhas (Caribes, that you
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can go fishing for), anacondas and turtles.
(B,L,D)
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Tours, meals, alcoholic drinks and other
services not included in the itinerary
DAY 9 Barinas – Caracas Departure transfer to Barinas
airport (around 3 hours away) to connect with your
flight to Caracas.
(B)
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Tips

Articles of a personal nature
WE RECOMMEND YOU BRING:
POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS: Los Roques, Choroni

It is also possible to join up with our other regional tours
to create an itinerary that suits your interests and the
time you have available.
Long-sleeved cotton shirts, long trousers and
shorts

Swimming costume

Waterproof jacket

Trainers or walking boots

Adjustable sandals

Sunglasses

Sun cream

Insect repellent (with 50-90% DEET)

Biodegradable shampoo/soap

Cap and sunhat

Camera and binoculars

Small torch

Anti-malarial pills (please consult your doctor
before travelling)
THE TOUR INCLUDES:

Information pack before leaving

Bilingual guide on all tours

Domestic flights and transfers

Airport assistance in Caracas, Merida and
Barinas

All accommodation mentioned

All meals and drinks mentioned in the itinerary

Transport in van or jeep

First aid and emergency equipment
NOT INCLUDED:

International flights

Airport departure taxes
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EXPLORING VENEZUELA IN DEPTH
10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS
This itinerary is designed for adventurous travellers
who want to discover Venezuela's natural environment.
The tour begins in Canaima National Park, where group
members will have the chance to see the Angel Falls
and the surrounding thick tropical vegetation. Then you
travel over the Venezuelan Andes to see the mountain
peaks and discover the typical culture of the region.
DAY 1 Arrival in Caracas We will meet you on arrival at
Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, and
transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where you
will spend the night. We will also give you all the
necessary documents, including air tickets and
vouchers. Meals (---)
DAY 2 Caracas – Puerto Ordaz – Canaima This morning
we will transfer you from your hotel to the domestic
airport for your flight to Puerto Ordaz. On arrival
transfer to your accommodation (superior standard)
along the Laguna de Canaima where you will enjoy
spectacular views. After lunch the excursions begin.
We leave the pink sands of the Laguna de Canaima's
beach to tour this delightful area, getting close to the
raging, tumbling water of the Sapo waterfall. Here you
get the chance to take some of the best photos of the
dramatic scenery in the national park. We then return
to camp to enjoy a delicious evening meal. In the
evening relax on the patio enjoying the view of the
lagoon and the enormous night sky of the southern
hemisphere. Overnight in twin-room accommodation
with private facilities. (L,D)
DAY 3 Excursion to Angel Falls Today we have an early
breakfast and leave at 5am for an excursion to the base
of the mighty Angel Falls.
After a 15-minute walk we arrive at Puerto Ucaimo,
situated above the Canaima waterfalls, where we board
a boat to take us along the Carrao River. From the boat
we will see the lush vegetation of Canaima. When we
reach Sabanas de Mayupa we will disembark to walk
across the savannah and to avoid the rapids.
Once we have passed the rapids we will get back on the
boat and continue upriver to the little native village of
Arautaima. Here we will experience the lush and varied
vegetation of the primary rainforest. Be prepared for
your first view of stunning Angel Falls when we reach
Ratoncito Island. It is another hour's walk to get close to
the falls from a clearing where we can appreciate the
power of the tumbling water. We will spend an hour
here enjoying the waterfall and relaxing on the large
rocks, warmed by the sun.
We go back down to base camp on Ratoncito Island for
a welcome lunch and a chance to relax before tackling
the return journey along the rapids to our main
camp.(B,L,D)
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DAY 4 Canaima – Caracas After breakfast we board a
Cessna 206 for a thrilling flight through Devil's Canyon
for a bird's eye view of Angel Falls. We then return to
camp to collect our things and board our chartered
flight to Puerto Ordaz airport to connect with a
domestic flight to Caracas. On arrival we are taken to a
hotel near to the airport. (B)
DAY 5 Caracas – Merida This morning we will transfer
you from your hotel to the domestic airport for your
flight to the Venezuelan Andes and El Vigia airport
located 50 minutes from Merida. We transfer 1.5hrs to
the ranch, a farm at the heart of the Andean cloud
forest, where you can enjoy walks in the gardens and
the forest; we will have a hearty meal and then have
the opportunity to do some birdwatching and spot the
12 varieties of hummingbirds. We spend the night in
cabins on the farm. (L,D)
DAY 6 Ranch – San Jose We set out in a 4x4 on a
fascinating journey through a variety of ecosystems and
passing through a luxurious cloud forest. We stop at
picturesque Jaji, a typical Andean village, recognised by
UNESCO as a heritage site, then descend to the desert.
We stop at a small mill to watch the production of
chewing tobacco before continuing to Laguna de Urao,
the only one of its type in South America, its saltiness
showing the presence of the mineral Urao, salts brought
in by underwater currents. This lagoon is a Natural
Monument of Venezuela.
A little further on we stop at a green coffee plantation
where we will visit the Museum of Coffee on an old
farm where coffee is produced. From here we follow
the route to Los Pueblos del Sur where we climb steeply
up a mountain road from 460m to 2.290m with lots of
zigzags, from where we can see the plateau which
borders the Chama River. We finally arrive at the
remote village of San Jose de Acequias, a place lost in
time. We spend the night in an idyllic Andean hut by a
small lake so we can try the delicious trout. (5 hrs by
jeep) (L,D)
DAY 7 Plateau tour (Páramo) The Andean plateau
extends from 3.200m to 4.300 m; above this altitude
the arid rocky ground of the hillsides is called “deserted
Andean plains”; the plateaus are open, windswept and
mainly treeless. The extremes of temperature, like
summer during the day and winter at night, means that
species have adapted their lifestyle to suit the
environment. There we will find velvety frailejon shrubs;
there are 65 endemic species to this relative of the
daisy in Venezuela.
This is one of our most requested tours; from Merida
we travel along a scenic route by a twisting transAndean road towards the Andean plateau. En route we
can gaze at sleepy little colonial villages and the
beautiful scenery on the plateau.
Our first visit is the place where the Condor was
reintroduced into the Andes, and from there we go to
Pico El Aguila, the highest point reached by road
(4,118m). From here we visit the Laguna Mucubaji
(3,800m) from where we head off on the 4km walk to
Laguna Negra. The views of Laguna Negra on a clear day
are spectacular. We overnight in a lodge or hotel on the
Andean plateau. (B,L)
DAYS 8-10 Transfer to a ranch on the Llanos Today we
transfer to a ranch on the Llanos. All along the route
there are plenty of opportunities to admire some of the
flora and fauna of the Llanos. One of the most terrific
aspects of the Llanos is the ranches which are
specialised large country estates acting as innovative
and breathtaking sanctuaries of wildlife, some
conserving up to 80,000 hectares of land across
Venezuela.
We arrive at the ranch in time for lunch and will spend
the night in comfortable cabins with air conditioning
and private facilities with hot water. This ranch is
recognised for its pioneering work in ecotourism in
Venezuela and is the most important private wildlife
sanctuary in Venezuela and most of South America.
The habitat of the Llanos also acts as a refuge for a wide
selection of animals such as giant anteaters, wild
horses, armadillos, iguanas, blond monkeys and
capuchin monkeys, capibaras (the largest rodents in the
world) and hundreds of alligators. The rivers abound
with freshwater dolphins, piranhas (Caribes, that you
can go fishing for), anacondas and turtles.
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(7 hrs travelling across the Llanos)

Tips, any additional expenses incurred in the
preparation of the trip through delays or
cancellations of flights or transfers

National Park taxes – Sierra Nevada $1,
Canaima $10
POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS: Los Roques, Choroni
It is also possible to join up with our other regional
tours to create an itinerary that suits your interests and
the time you have available.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:

Long-sleeved light shirts, long trousers and
shorts

Swimming costume

Poncho or waterproof jacket in case of rain

Hard-wearing shoes or walking boots for the
mountainous areas

Adjustable sandals
Spanish-English bilingual guide on tours and at
airports

Sunglasses

Sun cream
First aid and basic emergency equipment

Insect repellent (with 50-90% DEET)

Biodegradable shampoo/soap

Information pack before leaving

Domestic flights and transfers

Airport assistance

Tours, transfers and accommodation
mentioned



WE RECOMMEND YOU BRING:
All meals and non-alcoholic drinks mentioned
in the itinerary
NOT INCLUDED:

International flights

Sunhat, cap or visor

Airport departure taxes

Camera and binoculars

Articles of a personal nature

Small torch

Tours, meals, alcoholic drinks and other
services not included in the itinerary
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DRIVING THROUGH VENEZUELA
OPTION 1: SELF DRIVE
OPTION 2: WITH A BILINGUAL DRIVER
This type of tour allows you to relax and arrange your
journey to suit you in a rented car. The 'self-drive' tour
is designed for visitors whose Spanish is good enough
to be able to ask for directions and follow signs. If this is
not the case then the trip can be arranged using a
bilingual Natoura driver.
On these tours you will overnight in hotels of your
choice and these will have been booked in advance
when we tailor-make the itinerary to suit your interests
and budget.
SUGGESTIONS OF PLACES TO VISIT:
CHORONI AND HENRI PITTIER NATIONAL PARK:
Just 3 hours west of Caracas and located on the coast,
the Henri Pittier National Park covers an area where the
foothills of the mountains meet the warm Caribbean
Sea. With its impressive mountains and cloud forest,
which are home to over 400 species of birds, the
national park is world-renowned as a birdwatching
destination.
Hidden between the forest-covered mountains of Henri
Pittier National Park and the aquamarine waters of the
Caribbean, Choroni is a delightful colonial town where
little has changed. Here you can swim and sunbathe on
the Playa Grande or take a boat to some of the nearby
beaches. Whatever you do don't miss the Saturday
drum dances, introduced from Africa by the slaves who
were brought here to harvest cacao.
TUCACAS AND MORROCOY NATIONAL PARK:
Tucacas is a small seaside town tucked between the
city of Valencia and Morrocoy National Park. From here
you can take a boat out to the nearby islets and reefs.
The national park consists of a coastal fringe, as well as
the surrounding islets and reefs, with pristine white
sandy beaches and coral reefs. You can also visit the
nearby mangrove swamps.
SANARE - YACAMBU NATIONAL PARK:
Sanare is a small Andean colonial town and the
gateway to the Yacambu National Park; just 30km
away Yacambu National Park is located in the Sierra de
Portuguesa, a region of the Venezuelan Andes, and
extends 145km2.
TROPICAL FLOWER GARDENS:
The gardens are close to San Felipe in Edo, Yaracuy, and
are one of the largest in South America and were
designed by the landscape architect and botanist, Jean
Phillipe Thoze. The vast gardens, with more than 250
tropical plants from around the world, can be explored
by electric vehicle or in a horse-drawn wagon.
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MERIDA AND THE ANDES:
Nestling on a plateau at the heart of the Andes, Merida
is famed for its outdoor activities, such as horseriding,
hiking and camping in the mountains. Here you will find
one of the most colourful craft and fruit markets in Latin
America, the Mercado Principal. The beautiful Sierra
Nevada National Park and the lakes are within easy
reach, just 1.5 hrs away by car.
RANCH STAYS IN THE LLANOS:
The vast savannah of the Llanos has a unique ecosystem
which changes according to the season – flood or
drought. It is home to an extraordinary variety of plants
and wildlife such as giant anteaters, wild horses,
armadillos, iguanas, blond monkeys and capuchin
monkeys, as well as capibaras (the largest rodent in the
world). The rivers abound with exotic species including
freshwater dolphins, piranhas and anacondas.
One of the most terrific aspects of Los Llanos is the
ranches which are specialised large country estates
acting as innovative and breathtaking sanctuaries of
wildlife, some conserving up to 80,000 hectares of land
in Venezuela. The ranch has cabins with private
facilities, a swimming pool and dining room where you
can have Venezuelan or international cuisine. The staff
are very friendly and they will make sure that you have
the chance to enjoy an entertaining performance by the
locals. There are daily excursions and every evening
there is something for you to enjoy, such as a video
about the wildlife or a scientific talk..
GRAN SABANA – CANAIMA
9 DAYS
NOTES ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Starts daily except Saturday
Best time to travel is between May and December
Standard accommodation in Canaima in hammocks
with overnight at the base of the falls
Superior accommodation in Canaima in hotels without
overnight at the base of the falls (day trip only)
DAY 1 Arrival in Caracas We will meet you on arrival at
Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, and
transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where you
will spend the night. We will also give you all the
necessary documents, including air tickets and
vouchers.
Meals (---)
DAY 2 Transfer to airport – flight to Puerto Ordaz –
Gran Sabana This morning we will transfer you from
your hotel to the domestic airport for your flight to
Puerto Ordaz. We leave Puerto Ordaz and travel by
jeep into the Gran Sabana. We pass through the mining
area of El Dorado, with its famous prison camps, and
the rubber producing towns of Tumeremo and
Guasipati.
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In the afternoon we arrive at the camp built by
indigenous people and then visit a gold mine. (L,D)
DAYS 3 - 4 Trip to the falls – excursions on the river
This excursion highlights the delightful world of the
Pemon Indians, the tepuis, waterfalls and rivers. You
will see the Kamá, Merú, Arapan Merún, Yuruaní Merú,
Karo Parú and Aponwao waterfalls and enjoy a
refreshing dip in the water. We also offer short trips (1-2
hrs) by boat, on foot and in a jeep. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 Gran Sabana – Puerto Ordaz – transfer to
hotel After breakfast we start our return journey
arriving at the hotel in Puerto Ordaz at around 1700hrs.
DAY 6 Transfer to Puerto Ordaz airport – flight to
Canaima – tour of Canaima This morning we will
transfer you from your hotel to the domestic airport for
your flight to Puerto Ordaz. On arrival transfer to your
accommodation (superior standard) along the Laguna
de Canaima where you will enjoy spectacular views.
After lunch the excursions begin.
We leave the pink sands of the Laguna de Canaima's
beach to tour this delightful area, getting close to the
raging, tumbling water of the Sapo waterfall. Here you
get the chance to take some of the best photos of the
dramatic scenery in the national park. We then return
to camp to enjoy a delicious evening meal and admire
the night sky of the southern hemisphere. Overnight in
DR. (L,D)
Day 7 Carrao River – Angel Falls – Canaima camp
After breakfast we cruise for 3.5 hrs along the Carrao
River until we reach our camp at Angel Falls on Raton
Island. We then hike to the base of the falls.
When we get back to camp we will have a traditional
barbecue prepared by our Pemon hosts. After an
exhilarating trip through the rapids, we reach the camp
at around 1700hrs where we will overnight in
hammocks. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Canaima camp – Pozo de la Felicidad Canaima – flight to Caracas via Puerto OrdazWe
return to Canaima camp, visiting Pozo de la Felicidad
en route. We reach camp at about 1100hrs and collect
our belongings for the transfer to the airport. There will
be time to stroll through the local shops. Return to
Caracas via Puerto Ordaz. On arrival we will be met and
transferred to the hotel. (B)
Day 9 Transfer to Maiquetia Airport (Simon Bolivar
International Airport) Transfer to the airport for your
international flight or to connect with one of the
following extensions. (B)
POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS: Los Roques, Choroni,
ranch stays in the Llanos, Paria Peninsula
It is also possible to join up with our other regional tours
to create an itinerary that suits your interests and the
time you have available..
ORINOCO DELTA – CANAIMA
9 DAYS
During this trip you will have the opportunity to travel
deep into two of the most remote regions of
Venezuela. The Orinoco Delta will introduce you to its
endemic fauna and flora, along the river and its banks
and within the jungle; it also gives you the chance to
get close to the Warao Indians and their way of life.
Then you will fly to the mystic land of Canaima, with its
amazing lagoons, waterfalls and Tepuis.
NOTES ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Starts daily except Saturday

Best time to travel is between May and
December
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Standard accommodation in Canaima in
hammocks with overnight at the base of the
falls
DAY 5 Transfer to Puerto Ordaz – transfer to hotel
During the drive to Puerto Ordaz it is possible to stop at
La Llovizna Park. (B,L)

Superior accommodation in Canaima in hotels
without overnight at the base of the falls (day
trip only)
DAY 6 Transfer to Puerto Ordaz airport – flight to
Canaima – tour of Canaima This morning we will
transfer you from your hotel to the domestic airport for
your flight to Puerto Ordaz. On arrival transfer to your
accommodation (superior standard) along the Laguna
de Canaima where you will enjoy spectacular views.
After lunch the excursions begin.
We leave the pink sands of the Laguna de Canaima's
beach to tour this delightful area, getting close to the
raging, tumbling water of the Sapo waterfall. Here you
get the chance to take some of the best photos of the
dramatic scenery in the national park. We then return
to camp to enjoy a delicious evening meal and admire
the night sky of the southern hemisphere. Overnight in
DR. (L,D)
DAY 1 Arrival in Caracas We will meet you on arrival at
Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, and
transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where you
will spend the night. We will also give you all the
necessary documents, including air tickets and
vouchers.
Meals (---)
DAY 2 Transfer to Maiquetia airport – flight to Maturin
– transfer to Orinoco Delta You will be collected from
your hotel at around 0600hrs for your transfer to the
airport for your flight to Maturin. From there we
transfer to Puerto de Boca de Uracoa where we board a
boat to take us to our base camp.
(Transfer by land 2.5 hrs) (L,D)
DAY 3 Orinoco Delta We travel by boat to our overnight
camp and in the afternoon we pay a visit to the local
indigenous people. Overnight in a hammock.
DAY 4 Orinoco Delta In the morning we explore the
local area before returning to base camp where we
overnight in local, comfortable accommodation. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 Carrao River – Angel Falls – Canaima camp After
breakfast we cruise for 3.5 hrs along the Carrao River
until we reach our camp at Angel Falls on Raton Island.
We then hike to the base of the falls.
When we get back to camp we will have a traditional
barbecue prepared by our Pemon hosts. After an
exhilarating trip through the rapids, we reach the camp
at around 1700hrs where we will overnight in
hammocks.
(B,L,D)
DAY 8 Canaima camp – Pozo de la Felicidad - Canaima
– flight to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz We return to
Canaima camp, visiting the Pozo de la Felicidad en
route. We reach camp at about 1100hrs and collect our
belongings for the transfer to the airport. There will be
time to stroll through the local shops. Return to Caracas
via Puerto Ordaz. On arrival we will be met and
transferred to the hotel. (B)
DAY 9 Transfer to Maiquetia Airport (Simon Bolivar
International Airport) Transfer to the airport for your
international flight or to connect with one of the
following extensions. (B)
POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS: Los Roques, Choroni,
ranch stays in the Llanos, Paria Peninsula
It is also possible to join up with our other regional tours
to create an itinerary that suits your interests and the
time you have available
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AMAZONAS – CANAIMA
(AMONGST THE TEPUIS)
will spend the night. We will also give you all the
necessary documents, including air tickets and
vouchers. Meals (---)
9 DAYS
DAY 2 Transfer to Maiquetia airport – flight to Puerto
Ayacucho – tour of Autana We meet you at your hotel
and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Puerto
Ayacucho. We then travel by jeep to Puerto Samariapo
where we begin our journey along the Orinoco River.
We leave the Orinoco and continue along the Sipapo
River. We stop at a particularly beautiful spot to swim
and have lunch before continuing to the mouth of the
Autana River. We spend the night in a village belonging
to the Piaroa tribe where we will have time to explore
the surrounding area and learn a little about their daily
lives. Overnight in a hammock.
(Transfer from Ayacucho to Samariapo 1 hr) (B,L,D)
During the first four days of this journey you will travel
along the Orinoco and Autana Rivers, at the heart of the
Amazon. There you will visit the community of Piaroas
Indians and get to the closest point by water to the
Autana Tepui. This is followed by a hike through the
jungle to get an even closer view of Autana. The journey
continues with a flight to the other side of the Amazon,
to Canaima National Park, for visits to its magnificent
waterfalls and tepuis.
NOTES ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Starts daily except Friday

Best time to travel is between May and
December

Standard accommodation in Canaima in
hammocks with overnight at the base of the
falls

Superior accommodation in Canaima in hotels
without overnight at the base of the falls (day
trip only)
DAY 1 Arrival in Caracas We will meet you on arrival at
Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, and
transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where you
DAY 3 Tour of Autana continues At 8.30 we start to
sail along the Autana River until we reach Raudal de
Ceguera, the closest point to the Autana tepui. We visit
the local community then start to hike through the
forest escorted by a local guide who will give us an
insight into life on the river. We return to Ceguera to
overnight in a hammock. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 Tour of Autana continues At 0830hrs we start
our return journey along the Autana River until we join
the Sipapo River where we stop for lunch. Here we pay
a visit to a local community to find out about their
culture before cruising along the Orinoco to Puerto
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Samariapo. Here we pick up jeeps to take us back to
Puerto Ayacucho where we overnight in a hotel. (B,L,D
DAY 5 Transfer to Ciudad Bolivar After breakfast we
drive to Ciudad Bolivar. En route we will see indigenous
villages and their delightful surroundings. We overnight
in a hotel close to the airport. (10hr drive) (B)
DAY 6 Transfer to Ciudad Bolivar – flight to Canaima
– tour of Canaima This morning we will transfer you
from your hotel to the domestic airport for your flight
to Puerto Ordaz. On arrival transfer to your
accommodation (superior standard) along the Laguna
de Canaima where you will enjoy spectacular views.
to tour this delightful area, getting close to the raging,
tumbling water of the Sapo waterfall. Here you get the
chance to take some of the best photos of the dramatic
scenery in the national park. We then return to camp to
enjoy a delicious evening meal and admire the night sky
of the southern hemisphere. Overnight in DR (L,D)
DAY 7 Carrao River – Angel Falls – Canaima camp
After breakfast we cruise for 3.5hrs along the Carrao
River until we reach our camp at Angel Falls on Raton
Island. We then hike to the base of the falls.
When we get back to camp we will have a traditional
barbecue prepared by our Pemon hosts. After an
exhilarating trip through the rapids, we reach the camp
at around 1700hrs where we will overnight in
hammocks.(B,L,D)
DAY 8 Canaima camp – Pozo de la Felicidad Canaima – flight to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz We
return to Canaima camp, visiting the Pozo de la
Felicidad en route. We reach camp at about 1100hrs
and collect our belongings for the transfer to the
airport. There will be time to stroll through the local
shops. Return to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz. On arrival
we will be met and transferred to the hotel. (B)
DAY 9 Transfer to Maiquetia Airport (Simon Bolivar
International Airport) Transfer to the airport for your
international flight or to connect with one of the
following extensions. (B)
POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS: Los Roques, Choroni,
ranch stays in the Llanos, Paria Peninsula
It is also possible to join up with our other regional tours
to create an itinerary that suits your interests and the
time you have available.
CAURA RIVER – CANAIMA
10 DAYS
Caura River is located at the heart of the tropical forest,
where visitors can get to know the flora and fauna of
the area; en route you will also enjoy great views of the
savannah. You will navigate the river accompanied by
local experts and will get to know the
Ye´kwana/Makiritares peoples and view Para Waterfall.
Then the journey continues to Canaima National Park,
home to spectacular waterfalls and tepuis, and to the
world-famous Angel Falls.
NOTES ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Starts daily except Friday

Best time to travel is between May and
December

Minimum 4 passengers (can check availability
for 2)
DAY 1 Arrival in Caracas We will meet you on arrival at
Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, and
transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where you
will spend the night. We will also give you all the
necessary documents, including air tickets and
vouchers.
Meals (---)
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DAY 2 Transfer Ciudad Bolivar – Caura This morning
we will transfer you from your hotel to the domestic
airport for your flight to Ciudad Bolivar. We leave
Ciudad Bolivar and travel through the savannah to our
camp by the Caura River. Here you will mainly see the
moriche palms that the locals use to make hammocks
and handicrafts and for their fruit which is edible. Here
we will also see low hills, patches of forest and narrow
stretches of woodland along the numerous tributaries
of the Orinoco. After travelling along the track for an
hour we reach the Aro River the last service station
before we reach our destination. Our journey continues
across the savannah dominated by vast pre-Cambrian
granite rocks which form part of the Escudo Guayanes.
Finally we leave the main road and follow a rough track
which penetrates the dense tropical forest of the Caura
River basin until we arrive at the small village of Las
Trincheras and our camp on the riverbank.
After lunch we set out on our first outing by motorized
Indian canoe to Pena Negra, a huge granite rock in the
middle of the river. From here we have stunning views
of the river and the lush tropical forest. We stay and
watch the sun go down before returning to camp where
we have dinner. Overnight in a hammock or a room
with private facilities.
(B,L,D)
DAY 3 El Playon After breakfast we load the boat with
our luggage, supplies and petrol. We are accompanied
by a guide and a local expert who knows the river, the
rocks and the best way through the rapids.
After half an hour we reach the first section of rapids;
during the dry season we will find sandy beaches here
where we can relax and swim.
As we continue our journey up the ever more winding
river we sometimes we meet the Ye´kwana/Makiritares
people as they fish in the river. In the distance we begin
to make out the outlines of mountains which tells us
that we have nearly reached our destination. El Playon
is a beautiful beach fringed by thick forest at the
bottom of a set of rapids. Here we overnight in
hammocks protected by mosquito nets in thatchedroof cabins made by the locals.
(B,L,D)
DAY 4 Hike to Para Waterfall In the early morning the
landscape is still enveloped in thick cloud which slowly
clears while we breakfast and the first rays of the sun
begin to reflect off the river. We set out on a short hike
through the forest parallel to the river, but the greenery
is so thick, almost like being in a tunnel, that we are
unable to see the water. After a couple of hours we
begin to hear the thunder of the Para Waterfall and
finally we reach the CADAFE electricity company
research station, also known as Las Pavas camp. The
location, level with the waterfall, gives the best view of
the tumbling water. Above the waterfall is a lake where
we can enjoy a refreshing swim or we can do the same
at the base of the falls. In the afternoon we return to
camp at El Playon where we eat and overnight in
hammocks protected by mosquito nets.
(B,L,D)
DAY 5 Return to camp After breakfast we load up the
boat with our luggage and supplies for the return
journey downriver to our camp in Las Trincheras which
we will reach around midday. In the afternoon, after a
well deserved rest, there will be time to go for a last
swim in the river. Overnight in a hammock or room
with private facilities.
(B,L,D)
DAY 6 Transfer to Ciudad Bolivar Return to Ciudad
Bolivar by road after breakfast.
(B)
DAY 7 Transfer to Ciudad Bolivar – flight to Canaima
– tour of Canaima This morning we will transfer you
from your hotel to the domestic airport for your flight
to Puerto Ordaz. On arrival transfer to your
accommodation (superior standard) along the Laguna
de Canaima where you will enjoy spectacular views.
After lunch the excursions begin.
We leave the pink sands of the Laguna de Canaima's
beach to tour this delightful area, getting close to the
raging, tumbling water of the Sapo waterfall. Here you
get the chance to take some of the best photos of the
dramatic scenery in the national park.
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We then return to camp to enjoy a delicious evening
meal and admire the night sky of the southern
hemisphere. Overnight in DR.
(L,D)
DAY 8 Carrao River – Angel Falls – Canaima camp
After breakfast we cruise for 3.5hrs along the Carrao
River until we reach our camp at Angel Falls on Raton
Island. We then hike to the base of the falls.
When we get back to camp we will have a traditional
barbecue prepared by our Pemon hosts. After an
exhilarating trip through the rapids, we reach the camp
at around 1700hrs where we will overnight in
hammocks. (B,L,D)
DAY 9 Canaima camp – Pozo de la Felicidad Canaima – flight to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz We
return to Canaima camp, visiting the Pozo de la
Felicidad en route. We reach camp at about 1100hrs
and collect our belongings for the transfer to the
airport. There will be time to stroll through the local
shops. Return to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz. On arrival
we will be met and transferred to the hotel. (B)
DAY 10 Transfer to Maiquetia Airport (Simon Bolivar
International Airport) Transfer to the airport for your
international flight or to connect with one of the
following extensions.
(B)
POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS: The Roques, Choroni,
ranch stays in Los Llanos, Paria Peninsula
It is also possible to join up with our other regional tours
to create an itinerary that suits your interests and the
time you have available.
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ADVENTURE TOUR
This tour offers the opportunity to get to know a little
of what Venezuela has to offer; mountains, plains, sea,
forests. There is also the opportunity to see the
meteorological phenomenon, the Catatumbo
Lightning, unique in the world, which can be seen from
April until the beginning of December. There you will
have the opportunity to visit a typical village where
people live in stilt houses over the lake. You can enjoy
discovering the country while, at the same time, taking
part in activities with a hint of adventure.
ITINERARY OUTLINE:
DAY1: Arrival in Caracas We will meet you in the
terminal at Simon Bolivar International Airport at
Maiquetia, hand over your air tickets and vouchers,
then transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where
you will overnight.
DAY 2: Caracas – El Vigia – South of Lake Maracaibo
We will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the
domestic airport for your flight to the Venezuelan
Andes, to El Vigia, around 50 minutes from Merida. We
then drive for around an hour and a half to the location
where we board a motor boat; we then cruise for
around 4 hours to our camp by Lake Maracaibo. There
we will see dolphins, howler monkeys and toucans,
amongst others. We will spend the night in hammocks
from where we will be able to experience the
meteorological phenomenon, the Catatumbo
Lightning. This phenomenon in the ozone layer is silent
lightning, which can be seen intermittently for around
10 hours throughout the night, and flickers around 200
times per hour.
(50 mins by plane, 1hr 30 mins by road, 4 hrs by boat)
(B,L,D)
DAY 3: Travel through the mangrove swamps Visit
the waterways of Cienagas de Juan Manuel National
Park by boat, where you may see manatees, caimans,
babas, jaguars, freshwater dolphins, white herons, blue
herons, wild ducks, seagulls and many more species. At
the end of the day transfer to Merida. Spend the night
in a colonial posada in Merida.
DAY 4: Canyoning We will leave Merida at around 0830
hrs and travel for around 25 minutes, until we reach
1750m above sea level, following the road to El Morro in
the Sierra Nevada. Then we walk for a further 25
minutes, mainly downhill, until we see the gorge from
where we have fantastic views of the whole of Merida.
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Once in the gorge, the guide will instruct you on how to
use the equipment and to rapel down the waterfalls.
From here we begin our tour along the river. En route
we will pass many small waterfalls and three much
larger: 12m, 22m and 25m. You can rapel down the side
of the falls or through the water. Depending on the size
of the group, around 3-4 hours will be spent in the
gorge. Overnight in a colonial posada located in
Merida.
DAY 5: Set out for Los Nevados We set out for El
Morro then begin to climb, following an intricate
network of roads, heading for Los Nevados at 2700m.
On arrival at Los Nevados take a stroll around and then
enjoy a typical meal.
(5 hrs by jeep)
(L,D)
DAY 6: In Los Nevados The mules set out from 2700m
for the ascent through the mountain pass to Alto de la
Cruz at 4200m. From this point there is a marvellous
view of Pico Bolivar. The mules remain at the Loma
Redonda cable car station and the group descend on
foot for around two hours to Los Calderones valley at
3500m where we will set up camp or overnight in an
Andean posada.
(4 hrs by mule, 2 hrs walking)
(B,L,D)
DAY 7: Leave Los Nevados After breakfast we start to
descend on foot through the cloud forest for around 4
hours until we reach Mucunutan. We then return by
jeep to the hotel or posada in Merida.
(1hr by jeep, 4 hrs walking)
(B)
DAY 8: Adventure camp in Los Llanos After spending
a few days in the mountains we head to the plains in
the Barinas foothills to have some adventurous fun in a
friendly camp. Today you can relax in the surroundings
of the camp, explore the forest, swim in the river or
relax. Spend the night in a standard room in the camp.
(B)
DAY 9: Rafting in Los Llanos Today you can take part
in the activity of your choice: rafting along one of the
rivers, canyoning or going on a bike ride. Spend the
night in a standard room in the camp.
(B)
DAY 10: Camping in Los Llanos Transfer to our base
camp in the low-lying plains (llanos) of Apure State. The
friendly plains dwellers, guided by our host family, will
give us a warm welcome and treat us to a typical llanos
meal. Accommodation is in dormitories with
hammocks, mosquito nets and shared bathrooms.
There are some beds, but these are subject to
availability.
As the sun begins to go down, and after a coffee, we
head off in our jeep for an exciting safari in the
savannah that surrounds the camp. You will see lots of
birds along the riverbank, caimans, small groups of
capibaras (the largest rodents in the world), some deer
and, with the help of our plainsmen guides, we may be
able to find the intimidating anaconda or the gaudy
anteater.
(B,L,D)
DAY 11: Camping in Los Llanos Travel by boat for
around 4 hours. In the Cano Guaritico it is possible to
spot delightful freshwater dolphins (toninas), anteaters,
caimans, iguanas, several birds, possibly otters and
even some anacondas. We will also attempt to fish for
piranhas and watch out for the Aguila Solitaria bird
which will also be looking for fish.
After lunch we leave to try our luck and skill at fishing
for piranhas. At night, the advantage of our location is
that we can see the constellations of both hemispheres.
(B,L,D)
DAY 12: Transfer to Choroni After an early breakfast
we embark on our journey to the coast; this overland
journey takes around 10 hours and you will see the
countryside changing en route, with a spectacular
descent to the fishing port of Choroni, through the
mountainous cloud forest of Henri Pittier National Park.
Overnight in a twin share in a posada.
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It is also possible to visit a tourist development project
involved in organic agriculture production and the
conservation of the environment, working with the
locals living there.
(B)
DAYs 13-16: Relax on the coast – transfer to Caracas
– international flight departure Choroni is hidden
between the cloud forest of Henri Pittier National Park
and aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea; this
colonial town will take you back in time. From your
accommodation you can go on many trip such as the
cloud forest in Henri Pittier National Park to enjoy its
flora and fauna and to take a refreshing dip in the
magnificent waterfalls. Also of particular interest are
visits to cacao and sugar cane plantations with their
colonial architecture. Or, of course, you can spend the
days on the nearby beaches, such as Playa Grande in
Puerto Colombia.
The delightful town of Carupano is located in the north
of Sucre State between Araya and Paria peninsulas.
Carupano is a very friendly town; it is an excellent base
to make visits to Araya and Paria and the carnival
colours in Carupano are probably the best in Venezuela.
It was a very important place at the beginning of the
20th century when cacao and coffee were exported from
its port. It was here in 1814 that Simon Bolivar, the
liberator of Venezuela, announced a decree banning
slavery. This is a perfect place to sample the historical
riches on offer in Venezuela.
On the last day you will be transferred early in the
morning to the international airport at Maiquetia for
your flight home.
DAY 1 Transfer from airport – hotel Accommodation of
your choice from standard hotel room with air
conditioning and private facilities to guesthouse or
cacao plantation.
(B)
EXTENSIONS
EXTENSION TO PARIA
4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
There are many possibilities for excursions and
relaxation on the Paria Peninsula; beautiful beaches,
tree-covered mountains, outings to cacao plantations,
or thermal hot springs. You can also visit a ranch which
is carrying out agro-ecological experiments using nontraditional forms of energy.
(D)
DAYS 2 -3 Relax on the beach Activities in the local area
include diving in the Caribbean from several of the
beaches such as Playa Medina, Playa Pui-Pui, and Playa
Cangua to name a few. Discover the coastal scenery at
San Juan de Las Galdonas where you can enjoy the
beautiful views here. Hike through the flooded
mountain forest and premontane of Cerro del Humo
and the nearby town of Santa Isabel to look for some of
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the local flora and fauna. Visit the turtle research and
conservation project on the peninsula, go diving along
the coast to see the marine world, go fishing for a
variety of species, sunbathe, sail, surf, go hiking to see
the birdlife, take a boat to spend the day on an isolated
island, bathe in the thermal hot springs, pay a night
time visit to the Guacharo caves to see the famous
birds, go on a jeep excursion, take a boat to go diving at
isolated Los Testigos.
Visitors to the Paria Peninsula can also have the
opportunity to visit the reserve which works to
conserve the buffalo and restore basic resources. Efforts
are also being made on the peninsula for the
sustainable development and support of the local
people and prevent unacceptable changes to the
natural resources. Visitors also have the opportunity to
visit Turuepano National Park, a refuge for manatees.
(B,L,D)
DAY 4 Transfer to Carupano airport After breakfast we
will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Caracas
to connect with your international flight.
(B)
conditioning and private facilities to guesthouse or
cacao plantation.
(D)
EXTENSION TO MOCHIMA
4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
Mochima is well known for its numerous islands and
islets, lapped by clear and warm water. Most of the
islands are dry, partly rocky and truly spectacular, being
home to some idyllic beaches. You will find coral reefs
surrounding the islands, a colourful habitat ideal for
snorkelling or diving.
The islands away from the Puerto La Cruz coastline, and
more to the east towards Cumana, are a perfect spot
for deep water diving. Here you will find the best variety
of anemones in the world, as well as dolphins and
possibly even whales.
DAY 1 Transfer from airport – hotel Accommodation of
your choice from standard hotel room with air
Days 2 -3 Relax on the beach The mountainous
coastline of Mochima is spectacular, boasting deep bays
and white sandy beaches. A road which skirts along the
coast reveals the stunning park scenery of inlets, bays
and islands which grace the aquamarine Caribbean Sea.
A group of larger islands, such as Picuda Grande, Islas
Caracas and Venados, are an extension of a sunken
range of mountains, whose valleys form the Gulf of
Santa Fe, the Ensenada Tigrillo and the Bahía de
Mochima. You can enjoy this natural beauty while you
relax on Mochima's beach.
(B,L,D)
DAY 4 Transfer from hotel to Cumana airport After
breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your
flight to Caracas to connect with your international
flight.
(B)
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for your flight to Los Roques; after a 50-minute flight
you arrive at the archipelago of islands. Accommodation
of your choice from standard hotel room with air
conditioning and private facilities to simple guesthouses
with overhead fan. You can choose either half board or
full board and include private transfers to islands close
to Gran Roque where you can spend a quiet day
relaxing under a sunshade with a cold drink.
(D)
EXTENSION TO LOS ROQUES
4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
Approximately 150km north of the Venezuelan
Caribbean coast is the archipelago Los Roques National
Park. The park is a vast coral reef which is hidden just
below the surface under turquoise and emerald seas
with 50 white-sand islands and around 200 sandbanks.
Most of the islands in the park are deserted.
There is a sleepy fishing village of around 800
inhabitants on the largest island, el Gran Roque, devoid
of cars and with family-run guesthouses, healthy meals,
a dive shop and a boat service to the other islands in the
archipelago.
DAY 1 Transfer to Caracas domestic airport
(Maiquetia) – flight to Los Roques We collect you from
your hotel and transfer you to the airport in Maiquetia
DAYS 2-3 Relax on the beach There is a selection of
activities to choose from, such as relaxing on the
outlying islands, strolling along the white sandy beaches
or swimming in the crystal-clear waters. You can go
diving and discover the colourful marine world or go
deep sea fishing for bonefish.
(B,L,D)
DAY 4 Fly from Los Roques to Caracas After breakfast
we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to
Caracas to connect with your international flight.
(B)
RANCH STAY EXTENSION IN THE LLANOS
The Llanos, the vast area of savannah, has an incredible
range of wildlife which is defined by the seasons. Life
for the animals revolves around the wet and dry
seasons where seemingly endless rivers and vast plains
dry up and turn to dust from December to April and are
abundant and luxuriant in the wet season from May to
November. The biodiversity here is plentiful.
DAY 1 Caracas – Ranch in the Llanos At around 0700hrs
we will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to
the ranch. On arrival you will be given a meal typical of
the area and then in the late afternoon there will be an
excursion. Accommodation is in a double room with
private facilities.
(5 hrs transfer by road)
(L,D)
DAYS 2-3 On the ranch The daily excursions (morning
and afternoon) are all in a 4x4 vehicle from which you
have a perfect view of the scenery. It may be possible to
take a boat trip along the river, depending on the
season. Bilingual guides will accompany you on all
excursions. You can even arrange with the ranch to go
on a special excursion to look for giant anteaters,
armadillos, iguanas, blond monkeys and capuchin
monkeys, as well as capibaras (the largest rodent in the
world) and caimans.
(B,L,D)
DAY 4 Ranch – airport After breakfast, depending on
your international flight time, we will transfer you to
the airport for your return or connecting flight.
(5 hrs transfer by road)(B)
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Pre departure information
for Venezuela
Natoura Travel & Adventure tours aim to provide a safe and exciting adventure tour to Venezuela
in an ecologically friendly way, in harmony with the environment. The following information will
help to reduce the problems you may encounter on your holiday.
ARRIVING IN CARACAS
You will be met upon arrival at Maiquetia Simon Bolivar
International Airport by an English-speaking guide from
Natoura. If for any reason your flight is delayed, please
contact Jose Luis Troconis, the manager of Natoura, at
the following telephone numbers: (0274) 252 4216/252
4075/263 2696 or mobile phone 0416 674 8442.
After collecting your luggage you will go through
customs where you will hand in the form that you
completed on the flight. On leaving customs make sure
you don't take the tunnel to the domestic airport but go
straight to the exit, to the passenger assistance office,
where our representative will be waiting for you. Look
around for someone with a welcome sign with your
name and/or the Natoura logo on it. Please do not go
around looking for your Natoura contact by
volunteering your name; wait until they confirm your
name to make sure that you are meeting the correct
person. Our representative will give you your vouchers
for the hotel and tour and your domestic flight tickets.
Important: please note that in order to get through all
the formalities you must check in at least one hour
before departure for domestic flights and three hours
for international flights. We recommend you bring US
Dollars to cover your expenses in Venezuela; using
credit cards is not recommended.
Please note that it is your responsibility to get to the
starting point of the tour. If you don't turn up on time,
you will have to cover the necessary expenses in order
to meet up with the group (assuming you are part of a
group) if it has already departed.
Also note that our representative might not be able to
find you initially or, for reasons beyond their control,
arrive a little late to meet you. If uncertain, please
contact the office on the telephone numbers above.
CULTURE
Roman Catholicism is by far the dominant religion in
Venezuela, and has been adopted by most indigenous
people -only those living in isolated regions still practice
their ancient tribal beliefs. The Protestant church has a
significant presence, and recently has been gaining
some ground, attracting adherents from the Catholic
Church. An unusual and obscure pantheistic sect,
known as the Cult of María Lionza, exists in the
northwest and combines pre-Hispanic indigenous
creeds, African voodoo and Christian religious
practices.
Spanish is spoken by most Venezuelans, though more
than 30 indigenous tongues are spoken by remote
tribes. English is spoken by some people in urban
centers.
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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
January 1 - New Year's Day
Before Easter Sunday - Maundy Thursday & Good
Friday
April 19 - Declaration of Independence
May 1 - Labor Day
June 24 - Battle of Carabobo
July 5 - Independence Day
July 24 - Bolívar's Birthday
October 12 - Discovery of America
December 25 - Christmas
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR ARRIVAL IN
CARACAS
Caracas airport is situated on the coast, 22Km (14
miles) from the capital; International flights use the
Simon Bolivar terminal and most domestic flights use
the next-door Maiquetía terminal. It is a 5 minutes walk
from one terminal building to the other. Depending on
the amount of traffic it takes from 35 minutes to over
one hour to travel between the airport and the city
centre. If you are flying to Venezuela in advance and
have not arranged for us to meet you at the airport and
transfer you to central Caracas, there is a good airport
bus service, but we strongly recommend you take a taxi
unless you have been to Caracas before. Taxi fares from
the airport to the city centre are regulated (though not
cheap) and after a long flight you will at least be able to
relax and start taking in the surroundings during the
drive.
As you emerge from customs into the arrivals area
there is an official taxi kiosk straight ahead; they have a
list of tariffs on display and will liaise with a driver for
you (you pay at the kiosk); prices vary according to the
time of day. The bus service departs for the city centre
every 10 minutes between 06h:00 and 00h:30. Look for
the blue and white buses marked “Aeropuerto
Internacional” just outside the terminal building. The
airport bus has various setting down points in the
middle of town from which you should hail a taxi to
your final destination; you should agree the fare before
the taxi sets off (city centre taxis are not regulated and
drivers rarely use the taximeter; after 22h:00 fares
double). You can’t use Caracas´ excellent metro
(subway) if you are carrying heavy luggage or a
backpack (this rule is strictly enforced).
For seasoned South American travelers only there are
numerous por puestos (privately operated cars and
minibuses running on fixed routes) busily making their
way about the city. These are invariably over-crowded
but are a cheap and efficient way of crossing from one
part of Caracas to another, particularly useful if you are
not following the linear route of the metro. All
destinations along a por puesto´s route are displayed on
its windscreen.
CLIMATE AND CLOTHING
On the northern Caribbean coast, the weather is
mostly dry all year, sunny, and around 28-30ºC. In July
and August the temperatures in this region can reach
35-38ºC. Summer wear, short sleeve shirt, shorts,
sandals, swimsuit, sun block, sun glasses, and sun hat
are recommended.
In Mérida, daytime temperatures are usually around 2325ºC, but on overcast days they can reach as low as 710ºC. In the mountains at night, the temperature can
get down to 0ºC, and at higher altitudes it can drop to 5ºC. So goes the saying in the Andes, "summer by day,
winter by night".
Summer wear, shorts, sandals, swimsuit, short sleeve
shirt, long pants, long sleeve shirt, warm sweater/fleece
jacket, rain jacket, solid walking shoes, sun glasses, sun
block, and sun hat are recommended.
In the Gran Sabana, Orinoco Delta, Rio Caura the
average range is 20º-27ºC, but at elevations higher than
3,280 feet, the range is 10º-20ºC. Here the differences
between the seasons are more pronounced than in the
rest of the country. The Amazonas region is warmer
than the national average and has plenty of rain.
Summer wear, shorts, sandals, swimsuit, short sleeve
shirt, long pants, long sleeve shirt, light sweater, warm
sweater/fleece jacket (Roraima), rain jacket, solid
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walking shoes, sun glasses, sun block and sun hat are
recommended.
The key to preparing for Venezuela's varied climates is
to bring several layers of non-bulky clothing. For the
most part, in the cities, light, casual clothing,
comfortable shoes and jeans are appropriate.
TIME ZONE
Venezuela is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time
and the same as Eastern Standard Time in the United
States. There is no daylight saving, so during the
northern hemisphere summer, Venezuela is five and a
half hours behind GMT and one and a half hours ahead
of EST in the United States.
HEALTH
With sensible precautions the visitor to Venezuela
should remain as healthy as at home. There are general
rules to follow which should keep you in good health
when traveling.
Water in all main towns is heavily chlorinated, so safe to
drink, but may cause abdominal upset. Most people
drink bottled water. This is what we recommend as
well. Canned and bottled soft drinks are safe to drink
and widely available. Milk is pasteurized and dairy
products are safe for consumption.
Medical attention and state health care is free.
Inoculation against typhoid and yellow fever, and
protection against malaria, is recommended for the
Orinoco and other swampy or forest regions.
Protection against mosquito bites is required after an
outbreak of dengue fever in 1995. Therefore, bring a
good insect repellent containing 50-90% Deet. Be sure
to report any flu-like symptoms to your tour leader or
doctor immediately. If you have any flu-like symptoms
within six weeks after your return home, report to your
doctor immediately, and tell him/her to test for malaria.
The sooner you act, the better.
Some rivers are infected with bilharzias and in some
areas there are warning signs; check before bathing. On
the coast from Cumana eastwards precautions against
vampire bat bites are warranted since they can be
rabies-carriers. When traveling to the mountainous
areas, beware of altitude sickness. It is a good idea to
acclimatize for a few days before embarking on
mountain treks. Factor 15-suntan cream is widely
available. It is advisable to take out medical insurance.
Make sure it covers all eventualities especially
evacuation to your home country by a medically
equipped plane, if necessary.
In the tropical climates along the coast and the
throughout the Southeast portion of the country, there
are biting insects. Bear this in mind when packing by
taking along light, long-sleeve shirts, trousers, and a
mosquito net at night as an added precaution.
Venezuela is in the tropics and the sun is strong. Wear a
hat and protect yourself with loose, long sleeves, a
high-factor sun block etc. as required. Keep in mind
that at altitudes of the Andes and Mt. Roraima, the UV
content is much higher: use some sun lotion even on
cloudy days and use blocking cream when the sun is
strong.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Crime levels are high, especially in Caracas and other
big cities. Visitors should not become involved in drugs
of any kind. Drug traffickers face long prison sentences
in Venezuelan jails. We advise against travel to the
border areas especially with Colombia.
Do not carry large amounts of money or valuable
jewelry. Dress down. Care should be taken at all times
even in residential districts and walking in the city
streets should be avoided at night, especially in central
Caracas. Use taxis wherever possible and then only
white cars with yellow plates from taxi ranks. Do not
accept unsolicited offers from other vehicles, especially
at Caracas airport. Only licensed taxis bearing a clearly
identifiable number should be used. At Caracas airport
there is a reputable black taxi service (Ford Explorer).
We recommend that you use our services for transfers.
FOOD & DRINK
As a large country with many varied zones, Venezuela
has its own distinctive regional cooking.
On the coast you'll find various hervidos de pescado
(fish soup), also crayfish, small oysters and prawns.
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Sometimes there is turtle, though it is a protected
species. Turtle may appear on menus in the Península
de Paraguaná as ropa especial. A favourite is sancocho,
a rich and delicious fish stew. Consomé de chipi chipi is a
thin broth with tiny clams, and reputed to be an
aphrodisiac. Around Coro, chivo en coco (goat in
coconut) is a speciality.
Andean cuisine is very different. Arepas here are made
of wheat, rather than corn. Local potatoes are very
sweet and the locally-made cheese is superb. Also good
are the cured meats and sausages that are sold at the
roadside in many rural villages.
In the Amazon region the staples are yuca (yucca or
manioc), plantains, corn and beans. Casabe (cassava) is
a dry, fibrous flatbread. People here also eat fish,
turtles, tapirs, monkeys and birds. A local delicacy are
deep-fried ants, especially the winged ones known as
culonas (big bottoms). But don't feel that you have to
follow suit.
VENEZUELAN SPECIALTIES
It may seem strange for a country whose capital boasts
some of the continent's most sophisticated culinary
delights, but Venezuela's favorite food is a lump of fried
corn or wheat flour about the size of a fist. Yes, the
arepa is as ubiquitous in Venezuela as fish and chips in
Britain or sausages in Germany. The cheap and filled
arepa is eaten by everyone, everywhere, and it seems,
at every hour of the day.
Arepas are sliced open and stuffed with just about
anything. Among the most popular fillings are: carne
mechada (shredded beef), reina pepiada (chicken with
avocado), ensalada de atún (tuna salad) or simply queso
amarillo (yellow cheese). At breakfast they are filled
with perico, scrambled eggs with tomato and onion.
Arepas can also be spread with natilla, a light cream
cheese, or eaten alone as an accompaniment to the
national dish, pabellón criollo. This features shredded
beef spiced with onions, green pepper, tomato,
coriander and garlic, rice, fried plantain and caraotas
negras (black beans). This is part of the staple diet of
many working-class people and also a regular on many
restaurant menus.
Similar to the arepa is the tequeño. This is made of egg
pastry dough, rolled into cigar-shaped pieces, wrapped
around strips of cheese and fried (very tasty). These are
served as pasapalos (hors d'oeuvres) or eaten anytime
as a snack. Another culinary ever-present is the
cachapa, a thick and slightly sweet pancake made with
maize. They're eaten at breakfast or as a snack with
cheese. And not forgetting the empanada, a fried
cornmeal turnover filled with cheese, meat or fish (the
trout ones in the Andes are to die for), or cachitos,
which are filled croissants (invariably ham and/or
cheese).
Venezuela also boasts fine meat, fish and mariscos
(shellfish). Beef is produced by the ton in the Llanos and
you can enjoy a big steak for less than the price of a
beer in Europe. You can choose between muchacho
(roast beef), solomo (sirloin) and lomito (steak). Serious
meat eaters can put their arteries at risk with a mighty
parrilla, or mixed grill.
Up in the Andes the lakes and streams are filled with
trucha (trout), which you would be crazy to miss, and
along the Caribbean coast you can dine on pargo (red
snapper), dorado and shellfish, like clams or oysters.
Venezuela has a bewildering selection of tropical fruits.
There's lechosa (papaya the size of a football), mangos,
guayaba (guava), guanábana, zapote (sapodilla plum),
níspero (the fruit of the medlar tree), oranges, pears,
breadfruit, melons, pineapples, strawberries, coconuts,
parchita (passion fruit), limones (lemons) and aguacate
(avocado). Not surprisingly, then, fruit juices are big
business here, and just wonderful. There's papelón con
limón (lemonade sweetened with raw sugar), or jugo de
caña (pale green sugar cane juice) and coco (coconut, of
course), drunk straight from the shell. Anything, in fact,
can be made into a mouth-watering jugo (juice), batido
(more fruit and less water than jugo) or merengada (a
milkshake). You'll find every kind of banana here -from
the short and stubby cambur, to the large plátano
(which is mostly used for frying). Very good are bags of
crisply fried, lightly salted banana chips called tostones.
DRINK
Venezuelan rum is very good; recommended brands
are Cacique, Selecto, Pampero and Santa Teresa. There
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are four good local beers: Polar (the most popular),
Regional (with a strong flavor of hops), Cardenal and
Zulia. Brahma beer (lighter than Polar) is imported from
Brazil. There are also mineral waters and gin. Now
there is a good, local wine in Venezuela. The Polar
brewery has joined with Martell (France) and built a
winery in Carora. Wines produced are 'Viña Altagracia'
and 'Bodegas Pomar'. 'Bodegas Pomar' also produces a
sparkling wine in the traditional champagne style.
Liqueurs are cheap, try the local ponche crema. The
coffee is excellent and very cheap. Chicha de arroz is a
sweet drink made of milk, rice starch, sugar and vanilla.
TIPPING
In most bars and restaurants a 10% service charge is
added to the bill. This is not a tip; it is the staff’s wages.
It is customary to leave a 5-8% tip. In more expensive
locales, it is customary to leave another 10%.
Taxi drivers are not tipped unless they carry your
luggage for you.
Porters at the airport should be tipped around BsF
20.00 (US$ 4.00) and porters at hotels are usually
tipped around BsF 10.00 (US$ 2.00.)
Tips to your tour guides, lodge staff and/or drivers are
discretionary but encouraged and welcome, as the cost
of living in Venezuela is high.
On our tours through remote areas we recruit local
villagers and porters/boatmen. If they provide you with
any special services beyond this, you may wish to show
your appreciation for their help. Your tour leader will be
able to advise you on this. Please pack T-shirts and
other items of clothing or trekking kit which you could
leave behind as practical gifts.
number). If you forget your PIN, you can usually still
obtain money at a Bank.
MONEY MATTERS AND CURRENCY UPDATE
The Bolivar Fuerte has been in circulation since 2008
and the old currency, the Bolivar, is still in circulation as
well. Please feel free to ask your tour guide about the
differences between the two currencies.
The Venezuelan unit of currency is the Bolívar Fuerte.
TELEPHONES AND MAIL
We recommend that you bring your spending money in
a combination of American Express US$ travelers
checks and US$ cash, and that you use your credit card
in few cases (do not expect this to be your main means
of payment, as they are not universally accepted
because of the high commissions charged within
Venezuela). Forms of currency other than the US$
might be more difficult to change outside of the official
change bureaus Please keep in mind that in Venezuela
there have been currency exchange restrictions since
2003; a black market has also existed since then.
We recommend you only change a small amount
(US$50) of your spending money upon arrival in
Venezuela at the Bureau of Change in Caracas airport
(airside - just opposite the immigration desks and
before the baggage reclaim area).
In major towns and cities it is possible to obtain
Bolívares Fuertes using your credit card at automatic
cash dispensers (you will need to know your PIN
You may dial directly to any international number from
any public telephone. For shorter calls, we recommend
purchasing a telephone card. These come in amounts of
BsF. 5.00 (about US$ 1.00). These can be purchased at
any pharmacy, newsstand or bakery. If you want to
make a longer call without a time restriction, we
recommend doing so from call centers that are found
throughout any main city or town. Please, be aware
that telephoning from your hotel can be very
expensive.
You can purchase stamps or mail any items from any
post office. Please, remember that the Venezuelan mail
system is rather inefficient and a bit unreliable. Allow 34 weeks for letters or postcards to arrive.
ELECTRICITY
110 volts AC 60 cycles. American-styled two-pin plugs
are most common.
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VISAS
Visas are granted to those who want to enter the
country for the purpose of leisure, health or activities
that do not involve payment or profit, such as cultural,
artistic, scientific, sport, contact with businesses
established in the country or with people from the
public or private sector or as a journalist for special
events.
A tourist visa is valid for one year, is multiple entry and
allows visitors to stay for a period of up to 90 days,
which can be extended by the Ministry of the Interior
and Justice.
The exception to this rule is tourists and visitors who
are nationals of countries that benefit from the DEX-2
Tourist Card. This will be granted by travel agencies and
transportation companies authorized by the Tourism
Corporation of Venezuela. They are valid for 90 days,
for one entry only, and cannot be extended.
TOURIST CARD (DEX-2)
Where can you get a tourist card? These are given out
by the commercial airlines. They are valid for one entry
only and are valid for a stay of up to 90 days.
The citizens of the following countries can enter
Venezuela with a Tourist Card (DEX-2):
List of countries whose citizens enjoy the Benefit of
Cancellation of Visas for Non-Migrants for ordinary
passport holders, according to Resolution No 115
published in the Official Gazette No 38.653 dated 27
March 2007.
Countries
ANDORRA
ANTIGU Y BARBUDA
ANTILLAS
NEERLANDESAS
ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BARBADOS
BÉLGICA
BELICE
BRASIL
BULGARIA
CANADA
COREA (SUR)
COSTA RICA
CHILE
CHIPRE
CROACIA
DINAMARCA
DOMINICA
ESLOVENIA
ESPAÑA
ESTADOS UNIDOS
ESTONIA
FINLANDIA
FRANCIA
GRAN BRETAÑA
GRECIA
GRENADA
GUATEMALA
HONG KONG - (RAE)
HUNGRIA
IRLANDA
ISLANDIA
ITALIA
JAMAIC
Governments
LETONIA
LIECHTENSTEIN
LITUANIA
LUXEMBURGO
MALASIA
MALTA
MÉXICO
MONACO
NORUEGA
NUEVA ZELANDA
PAISES BAJOS
PANAMA
PARAGUAY
POLONIA
PORTUGAL
REPUBLICA CHECA
REPUBLICA ESLOVACA
RUMANIA
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SANTA LUCIA
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
SAN MARINO
SAN VICENTE Y LAS GRANADINAS
SUDAFRICA
SUECIA
SUIZA
TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO
TURQUIA
URUGUAY
Passport:
All foreigners who wish to enter the country must be in
possession of a valid passport with at least six months
left to run, issued by the relevant authority and, if
necessary, apply for a visa from the Consular Section of
the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
CONFIRMATIONS OF FLIGHTS
International
It is essential to reconfirm your flight home at least
72 hours prior to departure. Natoura will be pleased to
do it for you if you give us your return flight details
before you arrive in Venezuela.
Domestic
We will reconfirm all domestic flights for you.
BAGGAGE
We recommend that you bring as little luggage as
possible in order to travel lightly with a M A X I M U M O F
20 K G S . L U G G A G E A N D 5 K G S . H A N D L U G A G G E
O N D O M E S T I C F L I G H T S , P E R P A S S E N G E R . We
recommend bringing one main piece of luggage such as
strong bag, rolling suitcase or bag, or a
backpack/rucksack AND one smaller bag such as
shoulder bag or purse, or daypack. This should be large
enough to hold any item to which you would need easy
access during the day, i.e., camera, sunglasses, water
bottle, guide/notebook and/or light sweater.
Please note that charter flights do not allow you to
carry more than 10 Kg luggage and 2 Kg for hand
luggage (T O / F R O M L O S R O Q U E S & C A N A I M A ),
P E R P A S S E N G E R ; this is due to security reasons.
DEPARTURE TAX
The Venezuelan government levies a tax on all
international flight departures with tourists paying an
additional charge. These taxes must be paid in local
currency or US$ cash, normally at or near your airline’s
check-in desk. This is not included in your tour package.
Once paid keep the form safely in your passport, and
once you have checked in go to the departure gates
where the form will be collected by the emigration
officials. Each airport in Venezuela levies a tax of a
minimum of Bs.F. 32,50 (US$ 6,40) on each passenger
flying out of the region. These are collected at a
specially assigned desk at any of the airports, and are
not included in your tour package. For international
flights a tax of US$ 43.61 – US$ 57,59 (BsF 187,50 – BsF
247,50) must be paid.
NATIONAL PARK FEES
National Parks such as Canaima and Los Roques levy a
small fee for all visitors. The charge in Canaima is
currently Bs.F. 35,00 (US$ 8,15) and for Los Roques
Bs.F. 130,00 (US$ 30,25) per person, and is NOT
included in your tour package.
EVENTUALITIES
Our objective is that each client has the most
memorable experience possible in Venezuela. We have
made great efforts to provide the client with advance
information via our website and email correspondence,
but it’s important to note that unexpected events can
occur in Venezuela. The client should be prepared that
not everything may occur according to plan. We
suggest that each client comes prepared to be flexible
and ready to accept these changes with a positive
frame of mind--this will help facilitate an enjoyable
experience for you.
COMPLAINTS
If for any reason you have any complaints while on the
tour please raise it with your guide as soon as possible.
If he/she does not resolve the problem to tour
satisfaction then contact Jose Luis Troconis of
Useful Information
Natoura Tours in Mérida; tel: 0274 – 252 4216, his
home: 0274 – 263 2696, or his mobile: 0416 – 674
8442 (he also speaks fluent English).
Raising your complaint on the spot or as soon after as
possible means that they can do their best to put
matters right for you.
We are very happy keen to hear all your observations,
criticisms, complaints… and compliments too! We’d be
delighted to hear from you when you get home. If you
do have a complaint, and you would like to raise it
formally, please write us within 28 days of the end of
your trip. We will acknowledge your complaint,
investigate if fully and report back to you.
Throughout your trip we ask you to remember that
Venezuela is a developing country with its own
cultures and ways of doing things. Travelers have to
be flexible as conditions and availability of transport
–specially flights- and other facilities can change with
little or no warning.
Natoura Travel & Adventure Tours offers nature-based
excursions in one of the most beautiful, diverse, and
fascinating countries in the world. To maintain
sustainable practices, we focus on small-group
excursions and avoid the destinations of large tourist
groups, providing our clients with the natural solitude
and ethnic authenticity of the locations we visit.
Moreover, we make an active effort to conserve and
educate our clients about the natural resources of
Venezuela by providing local, educated guides, who
understand the importance of plant and animal species
such as the frailejon and Andean condor. Our priority is
to provide our clients with the natural solitude and
ethnic authenticity of the locations we visit, coupled
with the natural adventure Venezuela offers.
ENVIRONMENT
We make every attempt possible to preserve the
natural environment. To do this, we only take small
groups. We do not permit anyone from these groups to
take souvenirs, such as feathers, rocks or plants, nor
partake in any activity that will damage the landscape.
In addition, we only use vehicles for transportation
when absolutely necessary. Our vehicles use unleaded
gasoline and meet Western emission standards.
COMMUNITY
Most accommodation provided on our tours is in locally
owned guest-houses (posadas) in order to stimulate
economic growth and cultural enrichment. We also
contract all services locally whenever possible.
GUIDES, PORTERS AND MULETEERS
We make sure to take care of those who take care of
you. We provide them with any equipment they require
for all of our trips. They receive compensation for any
time lost due to illness or injury. No employees are ever
required to carry more than 25 kilograms of equipment.
Moreover, they enjoy the same sleeping and food
arrangements as our paying clients.
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NATOURA: Calle 31 entre Avenida Don Tulio y prolongación Avenida 6 # 5-27.
(Diagonal Bomberos ULA).Mérida 5101 Venezuela, South America
Call + 58-274-2524216 To Speak to one of our Travel Consultants.
Or Within the US at 303-800-4639
Monday-Friday 8:30AM-6:30 PM Eastern Time
Unsere Telefonnummer in Deutschland:
05906-30 33 64
Unsere Bürozeiten:
15:00 Uhr - 0:30 Uhr (deutsche Sommerzeit)
14:00 Uhr – 23:30 Uhr (deutsche Winterzeit)
8:30 Uhr – 18:00 Uhr (venezolanische Zeit)
Appelez depuis Francia Téléphone : 0970 449 206
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