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Tours | Mantopai

This 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

We 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

In 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

We 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

After 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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Mantopai 4 day gran sabana tour with table mountains, water falls overnight stay with indians
Key information:
Number of days: 4
Price for 2 persons 430,- EUR
Price for 3 persons 330,- EUR
Price for 4 persons 270,- EUR
Level of difficulty:
(1=easy  5=difficult)
Minimum 2 persons required
All prices are per person.
What's included:
Professional bilingual tour guide
Three breakfasts, four lunches and three suppers
Excursions like named 
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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