excursion is a perfect combination of off-road driving, jungle
trekking, Indian culture and wild romantic outdoor camps. Mantopai is
known as one of the most beautiful camp of the Gran Sabana. It is also
possible to combine this trip with a El Pauji Tour.
Day 1: Santa Elena - Mantopai
start from Santa Elena in the morning and go to the Jaspe Waterfall
which is hidden in the jungle. With its red shiny stones it offers a
great photo opportunity. After a four to five hours drive we reach
Kavanayen, in the heart of the Gran Sabana. We visit the mission where
the fathers teach the Indians to improve their agricultural techniques.
The further way to Mantopai is covered with orchids and insect eating
plants. The camp is located next to the Karuai River and is at the foot
of the Sororopan Tepuy (Flat Top Mountain). Mantopai is one of the most
beautiful camps in the Gran Sabana.
Day 2: Mantopai
the morning we walk through the jungle and observe different medicinal
plants. The local Indian guide will explain some techniques of hunting
and we will see the Indian way of planting their vegetables and fruits.
We will also experience how they brew their typical beer.
In the afternoon we can enjoy a natural waterslide and a waterfall just
15 minutes from the camp. The shore is covered with insect eating
plants and orchids. We stay one night more in Mantopai.
Day 3: Aponwao - Salto Kavanayen
go to the Indian village Iboribo and taking a small boat for 20 minutes
in order to arrive at Chinak Meru, also known as Aponwao waterfall
which is the highest waterfall in this region. It has 107m free fall!
We will have the chance to walk down to see the enormous power of the
water from nearby. Afterwards we return to the Indian village for lunch
and we go to our camp Rápidos de Kamoiran.
Day 4: Salto Kavanayen - Santa Elena
breakfast we will visit Kawi waterfall with an 8m high drop from
where you we jump into the water. Afterwards we walk to a viewpoint of
the flat top mountains and have lunch in the Indian community of San
Francisco. The last attraction is the adrenalin pushing walk behind the
waterfall: La Cortina. This attraction depends on the water level
because safety comes first, but in 80% of the excursions we can do it!
An unforgettable experience! Then we return to Santa Elena, where we
will arrive in the late afternoon.
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