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Merida's "Top Adventure Activity" Canyoning
Exploration traveling down an incredibly beautiful canyon (Santa Catalina) just 30 minutes away from our office. How? - by walking, sliding, rolling and abseiling (rappelling) down waterfalls dressed with neoprene wet suits and Petzl harnesses and equipped with special static "Mammut" canyoning ropes.


This is not a trip for the faint hearted. This is the full-on adventure trip. Expect to feel the adrenaline pumping! Only those who want a real adventure should participate. Fitness is NOT required - but some guts are!


Meet at Arassari Treks cybercafé and office at 9 am on the departure day. Put on the wet-suits and drive 30 minutes to the location. Expect some amazing views of Mérida (possibly the best available). Another 30 minute walk (mainly downhill) to the site. Some abseil training is given - then it's time for the adventure of your life !!! There are several small "chutes" to slide down, a heart pounding 7- 8 meters natural hydro slide (where you will get airborne !!), and three powerful waterfalls to abseil (rappel) down including a 35 meter monster at the end. The trip will return around 4pm (depending on numbers and speed). The actual time in the canyon is around 4 hours app. A real hard-core adventure, can you handle it?!!


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Key information:
Number of days: 1
Price per person: 40,- EUR
Level of difficulty:
(1=easy  5=difficult)
Minimum 2 persons required

What's included:
Transport to / from Merida
Snacks and a late (4pm) Lunch, plus unlimited water
All Canyoning equipment including helmets, harnesses, neoprene canyoning wet suits etc. 
A maximum guide/client ratio of 1:5.
Drilled and installed Petzl safety features with chains in the canyon.
Professional internationally trained instructors 
What to bring:
Swimming costume or similar (to wear under your wet suit)
Shoes for canyoning (they will get very wet!!!·and please wear socks.)
Clothes for the end of the trip - and a towel.
A great sense of adventure for a fun time!! 
What about Glasses/cameras etc: 
Glasses or contacts are normally OK - bring a string for glasses. For the canyon, disposable cameras or waterproof cameras are recommended. Normal Cameras cannot be used in the canyon. Leave watches, earrings and other jewelry at home or at the office. You will want photographic evidence of this one !!
How to get to Merida:

From Caracas to Vigia fly Conviasa, Santa Barbara (150,- $US one way). Bus connection from Caracas (12h), Ciudad Bolivar (16h) and Puerto Ordaz (17h). We recommend the comfortable busses from Expresos Occidente, Los Llanos and Caribe. If not available you can also use "Turgar" or "San Cristobal".

We also provide a pick up service or assistance at the international airport in Caracas or Porlamar (Isla de Margarita).

Furthermore we have printable travel brochures for you.

Other important points:

If you have a medical condition which could affect this trip, please make this known to your guides as soon as possible and bring your medication. 

We will make every practical attempt for you to canyon - but due to rain or other reasons if the canyon becomes unsafe we reserve the right to cancel the trip. A full refund will be given if we cancel the trip. 

Note: Arassari Trek has introduced Canyoning in Venezuela after careful studies and explorations done in the surroundings of Mérida. Our trips correspond to international safety regulations, as does our equipment, installations and the training of our guides. No other company offers the same standards, nor do they choose  the same canyons where we go. 

Recommended books:

Recommended Travel map from Int. Travel maps,, ISBN 0-921-46359-6

Guidebooks from Lonely planet, Footprint or Bradt Travel Guide

"into the heart" an Amazon love story from Kenneth Good ISBN 0-241-12792-0. One of the most fascinating books I read over a anthropologist who felt in love with a Yanomami woman in the unexplored Amazon jungle. Read it!!!

"The lost world", Arthur Conan Doyle, ISBN 0-812-97213-9

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