During this round trip we visit the most beautiful and most interesting
places in eastern Venezuela. The Gran Sabana, the Angel Falls (the highest
waterfall in the world), the Orinoco Delta and the popular, by Alexander von Humboldt
discovered, Guacharo Cave make this trip to a unique adventure.
Day 1: Maiquetia (Caracas) - Puerto Ordaz (-, -, -)
Welcome at the international airport in Caracas, flight to Ciudad Bolivar,
welcome cocktail and Briefing. The overnight stay is in the beautiful Hostería Waipa
in Puerto Ordaz.
Day 2: Puerto Ordaz - Manacas (B, L, D)
We start at 8 am in Ciudad Bolivar heading to Las Claritas.
We pass traditional villages like Guasipati, Tumeremo and the legendary El Dorado
where we visit the bridge of Gustav Eiffel. In the afternoon we visit on
of the gold mines in Las Claritas. Our accommodation is in double rooms
at Camp Mantopai.
Day 3: Manacas - Mantopai (B, L, D)
After breakfast we go the the indigenous village Iboribo. From there
it is just 20 minutes by dugout at the Aponwao river to the Aponwao
waterfall (Chinak Meru). It is a great view how this huge amount of
water feeds the 107m high waterfall. After taking pictures we drive back
to the village. Later after lunch we visit the mission in Kavanayen the
fathers teach the Indians to improve their agricultural techniques. For
the last part of the way to Mantopai a 4WD car is a have-to! The tricky
path can only be done by professional drivers. The whole way is covered
by orchids and carnivore plants, similar the top of the surrounding
table-top mountains. The Camp Mantopai is next to the river Karuai on
the base of the table-top mountain Soropan.
Dinner and overnight stay is here in Camp Mantopai one of the most
beautiful camps in the Gran Sabana.
Day 4: Mantopai (B, L, D)
After breakfast we start together with a local guide a jungle walk
for 3 hours. He explains the medical plants, hunting techniques and we
visit the farm area where the Indians plant fruits and vegetables, and
brew their typical beer. With some luck we see snakes, a lot of
different kind of birds, rodents, tapirs or apes. The lunch is at the
camp and afterward we can rest for one hour. In the afternoon we explore
the Karuai river, enjoy a natural water slide and watch a small
waterfall just 15 minutes next to the camp. Many carnivore plants and
orchids grow at the bank of the river. The overnight stay is again at Camp Mantopai.
Day 5: Mantopai - Santa Elena de Uairen - Ciudad
Bolivar (B, L, D)
After breakfast we leave Mantopai and continue our tour via the Panamericana
road to the Kawi waterfall. Here we can take a bath and jump from an 8 m
high cliff into the water. Later we visit a viewpoint to the table-top
mountains and we will have lunch at the indigenous village San Francisco de Yuruani.
The next event is the La Cortina waterfall.
Water level permitting we go behind this waterfall until the middle of
La Cortina. An adrenalin pushing adventure! At last we visit the famous
waterfall Quebrada de Jaspe. The whole riverbed is read shiny Jaspe
stone and is a perfect camera occasion. Take the night bus from
Santa Elena a Ciudad Bolivar.
Day 6: Ciudad Bolívar (-, -, D)
Arrival in Ciudad Bolívar and transfer to the Posada La Casita. If you want you can visit
the centre of the Colonial town or relax at the pool. Overnight stay in the Posada La Casita
with dinner and breakfast.
Day 7: Ciudad Bolivar - Canaima (B, L, D)
In the morning we leave Ciudad Bolivar in a small 5-seat Cessna.
During the flight we have a fantastic view to the table top mountains
. After arrival we cross the famous Canaima lagoon by
dugout. This lagoon is fed by five waterfalls. It is a great photo
opportunity. In the afternoon we walk just 20 minutes and reach Salto
Sapo. We can walk behind this waterfall. For this we need bathing suits
because we will get wet! Our overnight stay is in beds in a camp
opposite the Canaima lagoon. Here we also have our dinner.
Day 8: Canaima - Angel Fall (B, L, D)
Today we drive by boat via river Carrao to the Angel Fall. It depends
on the water level, but usually the drive is for 4 hours. In dry season
it can happen that the guide has to leave and push the dugout at some
rocks. We get an unbelievable impression of Auyan-Tepuy when we reach
the devil-canyon. After the drive we walk for about 90 minutes to a
Angel Falls viewpoint. Incredible standing under the highest waterfall
in the world! At lunch time we eat fried chicken at the banks of the
Carrao river. We stay overnight in a camp with hammocks with view to the
Day 9: Salto Angel - Ciudad Bolivar (B, L, -)
After breakfast we take a morning picture and start our way back to
Canaima for the flight to Ciudad Bolivar.
Pickup and overnight stay in Posada La Casita.
Day 10: Ciudad Bolivar - - Orinoco delta (B, L, D)
Very early in morning we drive from Ciudad Bolivar. From the comfort
of our boat you have the chance (with a little luck) to observe a wide
variety of flora and fauna - water hyacinth, pink dolphins, giant river
otters, anacondas, and side neck turtles. Along the riverbanks you will
see Indian villages. Upon arrival at the Camp you will be shown to your
private rooms. After lunch you will experience the wild, natural habitat
of the virgin jungle from inside of a small wooden canoe. When you
return to the camp, you will be able to relax before dinner. If you
wish, you may take a swim in the river (in winter time, when there are
not so many Piranhas), or just sit and observe one of the fabulous delta
sunsets. After a delicious dinner you will have the chance of enjoying
the silence of the Orinoco river and listen to the dolphins, some days
playing in front of the place.
Day 11: Orinoco delta (B, L, D)
The morning will see you navigate the Orinoco in search of the
various species that live there - among the highlights are river
dolphins and spectacled caiman in the water, capuchin and red howler
monkeys up in the dense foliage, hummingbirds and kingfishers in the
skies above. After lunch on a beautiful spot inside the Delta,
it’s back into the boats for a trip to some of the Warao villages (palafitos)
that line the riverbanks in this part of the Orinoco. Your guide will
explain about Warao culture, and the flow of the community's daily life
– a truly fascinating experience. In the afternoon, just before
returning we make a stopover to pick up our dinner. We will go out to a
quiet spot in the river to do some Caribe fishing (this is the
Venezuelan name for the Piranhas). Back to camp and another evening trip
around the lagoon we will have a special dinner and wait for the
Day 12: Orinoco delta - Caripe (B, L, -)
At daybreak we go along the channels of the Delta to watch and hear
awake the jungle. This is the time of day when the animals are most
active facilitating observation. After having breakfast we make another
roundtrip to places we haven't seen before and to learn everything about
the flora of the delta.
After another delicious lunch, we take our boat back to our
Day 13: Caripe - Playa Puipuy (B, -)
After breakfast we visit the famous Guacharo Cave again. Only 11 km
are explored so far, the real size is sill unknown. Unique by the amount
of here living Fettschwalme, called "Los Guacharos".
These birds navigate by ultra-sonic, are the only vegetarian night birds
and only live in this cave. This cave is also the hugest stalactite
cavern of South America. 200 hundred years ago Alexander von Humboldt
discovered this cave, and even Alfred Hitchcock send a team to this cave
for the soundtrack of "The birds". After visiting the cave and lunch in
a typical but very good restaurant we walk for just 1 km through
tropical forest to the waterfall "La Paila". Afterwards we visit the
beautiful village Caripe which is also called "el jardin del oriente"
("the garden of the east"). In the afternoon we drive through cloud
forest to the coast of Carupano, where we stay in the comfortable Posada Nena
directly at the beach.
Spending more nights at Posada Nena always possible..
Day 14: Puipuy - Cumana (B, -)
Today we discover the untouched Paria peninsula, where the time
stopped one-hundred years ago. To heat our senses, as the phase says, we
visit the thermal springs of El Pilar. This melting pot of nature with
its sulfur ambient reminds us of Faust "Witch hubbub". We get a late
breakfast and boil eggs. Afterwards we visit the buffalo ranch "Rio de Agua"
in the savannah of the gulf of Paria. . Then we follow the beautiful roadt via Bohordal
through primary forest with immense bamboos grove until we reach "Playa
Medina". Here we rest and spend some time. In the afternoon we visit the
cacao hacienda "Bukare", where the owner explains how to increase the
quality of cacao in a natural way. We are invited to learn the secrets
of making cacao. On our way back to Posada Nena we pass the colonial
village Rio Caribe and drive along the beautiful coast road.
Day 15: Cumana - Caracas (B, -, -)
After breakfast we a brought to the airport of Cumana and enter our
plane to Maiquetia to get the international flight.
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