Backpacker Tours
Agencia de Viajes,
Posada y Restaurante.
Calle Urdaneta,
Santa Elena de Uairen,
Edo. Bolívar,




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Roundtrips | The Lost World

This trip is a combination of all the highlights of the Gran Sabana. Get to know the beauty of the oldest formation on earth, the lost world!

Day 1:Arrival in Caracas

Arrive in Caracas and welcome at the airport by our assistant. Overnight stay in a Posada close to the beach, near the airport.

Day 2: Bus ride Caracas - Santa Elena

Transfer to the Bus terminal and a 20 hour bus ride in a luxury bus to Santa Elena.

Day 3: Santa Elena - Pauji

Arrive in Santa Elena at 07.00am for breakfast. Leaving Santa Elena to the border town la Linea in Brazil. After buying some Brazilian Souvenirs will we drive  back to Venezuela and over a very adventurous road for 2,5 hrs to Salto Cathedral. A beautiful waterfall hidden in the jungle.

We reach El Pauji in the late afternoon and we stay in a Camp  run by a young gold and diamond seeker. it would not the first time that some folks get a very inexpensive deal on some diamonds. 

Day 4: El Pauji - Santa Elena 

After breakfast you hike for 3 hrs to the abyss of Pauji . After app. 40 minutes you pass so many orchids (maxillaries) that it looks like a carpet. When you arrive at the top, you have an amazing view over the rainforest from both Venezuela and Brazil! It's the northern part of the biggest rain forest of the world (3.5 million km²). Then you go to a small cave, the entrance is covered with moss and ferns. This cave is home to hundreds of bats, who represent over half of Venezuela's 300 species of mammals! From there, you return to El Pauji for lunch and in the afternoon you relax in the emerald waterfall, in the woods. Then you go back to Santa Elena, with a stop over at Brazilian border town of "La Linea". You get back to Santa Elena late afternoon.

Day 5:  Santa Elena - Mantopai 

Today you drive first to the very famous Jaspis waterfall with his red shiny stone to take brilliant pictures and later to the Indian village Iboribo. From there you take a small boat trip of 20 minutes to get to the Chinak Meru, the highest waterfall in this region with 107m free fall!!

After a lunch will you continue your drive to the Camp Mantopai. It will takes you about 2 hours to the entrance and the last 15 KM to Mantopai takes another hour. It's an unbelievable journey, covered with orchids and insect eating plants. It's like driving over the top of a flat-top mountain!! The camp is just next to the Karuai river and at the foot of the Soropan Tepuy (flat-top mountain)! Supper and overnight stay is in one of the most beautiful camps in the Gran Sabana.

Day 6:  Mantopai

After breakfast you take a 2-4 hr walk through the jungle. This is one of my favorite jungle walks because you'll see many medicinal plants, our local Indian guide will explain some techniques for hunting and you'll see the Indian way of growing their vegetables and fruits, also you'll see how they brew their typical beer. Lunch will be in the camp and afterwards you'll have an hr to chill-out. In the afternoon you'll enjoy a natural waterslide and a waterfall just 15 minutes from the camp. The shore is covered with insect eating plants and orchids. Overnight stay is in Mantopai.

Day 7:  Mantopai - Santa Elena

After breakfast you can enjoy a swim at the Kauí waterfall with a 8m high drop. If you dare to jump in, just do it!! Next you go to a view point of the flat-top mountains and have lunch in the Indian community of San Francisco. The last attraction is the walk behind the La Cortina waterfall. This all depends on the water level. Safety first, but in 80% of the excursions we can do it!! An unforgettable experience for adrenalin junkies!!! You arrive in Santa Elena late afternoon. End of our service!!

Day 8:  Puerto Ordaz- Caracas oder Küste

 Arrival in Puerto Ordaz in the early morning. This is the perfect place to connect your journey to the Orinoco delta, to the Angel fall, to Caracas or to the coast.


Photos... (You will find more photos in our Photo Gallery)

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Key information:
Number of days: 8
Price per person: 555,- EUR
Level of difficulty:
(1=easy  5=difficult)
Minimum 4 persons required

What's included:
Bus tickets
Professional Tour guide, bilingual
Overnight in beds
Five breakfast, five lunches and five supper
Excursions as listed 
What to bring:

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

yellow fever vaccination!

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:

On our map is with point no. 1 Santa Elena listed. To the west and to the north is the "lost world" located.

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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