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Trekking | Chirikayen

The Chirikayen mountain is at 1650m above sea level and is easy to climb in three days. You will cross savannah, rainforests and see small gold or diamond mines. Feel the magical world of flat-top mountains and enjoy the fantastic views from the top. This is a great trip for beginners to get the feel for trekking!

Day 1:

We go about 90 minutes by Toyota from Santa Elena to the typical Indian village of Chirikayen. From here we start our 4 and a half hour hike to the foot of the Chirikayen mountain. “Chirika” means in the Pemon's language "small parrot" and “yen” means "place". Our overnight stay is in tents next to a small lagoon.

Day 2:

After breakfast it takes 45 minutes to reach the mountain and nearly two hours to hike to the top at 1650m. Then you cross the mountain which takes another two hours. . You won't forget this view! The rest of the afternoon is spent exploring the top of Chirikayen and discovering unique plants and taking pictures. We have dinner and sleep in tents on the same place.

Day 3:

After breakfast we cross the mountain again and spot orchids or carnivorous plants. Then we walk a different way back to Santa Elena. We walk around seven hours, and the other way back to Indian Village of Chirikayen, take around 4 hours, mostly through the Gran Sabana!  Lunch is served on the way. With some luck you can see anteaters or deer. One group even saw a jaguar! When you get on the road to the Village of Chirikayen, the car is waiting with refreshing drinks.


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Chirikayen trek 3 days to untouched table montain and nature
Key information:
Number of days: 3
Price for 2 persons: 240,- EUR
Price for 3 persons: 210,- EUR
Price for 4 persons: 180,- EUR
Level of difficulty:
(1=easy  5=difficult)
Minimum 2 persons required.
All prices are per person.


The sleeping bags and ground mats can be rented for 20.-euros. 

The day before there is a meeting at 17:00pm o´clock.

What's included:
Camping equipment
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
Guides and porters for food
(everyone carries their own personal belongings and equipment)
What to bring:

insect repellent
sun protection
swim wear
light clothing
good walking shoes
pocket knife

How to get to Santa Elena:

Daily plane from Ciudad Bolivar to Santa Elena by Rutaca (80euros one way).
Bus connection from Caracas (22h), Ciudad Bolivar (9h) and Puerto Ordaz (8h). We recommend the comfortable busses from Expresos OccidenteLos Llanos and Caribe. If not available you can also use "Turgar" or "San Cristobal".

Other info:

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.

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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