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Roundtrips | Active Bike & Hike

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A sportive and active journey in Venezuela. Paragliding in the Andes, visiting Pico Humboldt and trekking to the table-top mountain Roraima !
This roundtrip is organized by Kreis deutschsprachiger Posadas mit Tourangeboten.

Tag 1: Maiquetia (Caracas) (-, -, -)

Welcome at the international airport in Caracas, Transfer to Hotel Santiago

Tag 2: Merida - Paragliding (F, -, -)

Flight from Caracas to Merida.
In Merida we are welcome by our guide. We will visit the colonial center of Merida and the market.
In the afternoon we go by 4WD to Tierra Negra, for Tandem-Paragliding together with a professional pilot. Weather permitting we glide 20 to 40 minutes in the air. The start is at 1600m above sea level, just some steps and we take off. At around 300 days per year the wind blows smoothly up the canyon which is perfect for paragliding. The wind permits that mostly the takeoff an landing is at the same place. But even the path and area are just wonderful.
In the late evening we are in our beautiful Posada Casa Vieja.

Tag 3: Canyoning (F, M, -)

At the moment Canyoning is the most adrenalin pushing sport in the Andes. We follow a riverbed and are abseiling through currents and waterfalls (12,18 and 35 m high). There are also some naturals water slides surrounded by cloud forest with huge fern trees, bromeliads and lianas.
Only waterproofed cams or waterproofed single-use-cams are able to take pictures! Glasses need to be fixed, but soft contact lenses usually stay in place.
The overnight stay is again in Posada Casa Vieja.

Tag 4: Pico Humoldt Trek (F, M, A)

Pico Humboldt is with 4942 m the second highest mountain of Venezuela. The summit needs very good condition and health but mountaineering experience is not necessary.
We start in the morning and drive to la Mucuy in the Sierra Nevada National Park. Beginning at 2000 m above sea level with a 5-hour walk through subtropical cloud forest. At 3100 m we reach the Laguna Coromoto where we put our tents for the night.

Tag 5: Pico Humoldt Trek (F, M, A)

Today we walk via Paramo to Laguna Verde passing elf forests which impress the landscape and change later on the walk to Paramo-vegetation. We will cross mighty rocks which were extruded from the mountains during the last ice age. Our over night stay is at Laguna Verde next to the snow covered Humboldt-glacier.

Tag 6: Pico Humoldt Trek (F, M, A)

After breakfast we are heading to the deep turquoise Laguna el Suero. From here we walk and climb to the base of the glacier. Now we need ropes, crampon, pickaxe and slings to continue our way. It takes about 30 minutes to cross the glacier and to reach the summit of Pico Humboldt. The breathtaking round view to the other mountains is just awesome. After resting we climb down back to the base camp at Laguna Verde.

Tag 7: Pico Humoldt Trek (F, M, -)

It takes about 7 hours to the way back via Laguna Coromoto to La Mucuy. At the office of Inparques our transport is already waiting to take us back the the Posada Casa Vieja for having a shower and dinner.

Tag 8: Heading to the Gran Sabana (F, -, -)

In the morning we are taken to the airport in Merida and fly to Puerto Ordaz where we enter the luxurious night bus to Sta. Elena at 9 pm.

Tag 9: Arrival per night bus in Sta. Elena - Paraitepuy (F, M, A)

After arrival in Santa Elena a rich breakfast is waiting for us and of cause a shower if needed. Refreshed we a going by 4WD to the indigenous village Paraitepuy which takes about 2 hours. Our mountain bikes (of the Spanish brand "Merida") are prepared and ready to go. For today we just go 22km starting at 1.2000m above sea level we cross a valley with two rivers at 1.050m until we reach the wall of the table top mountain Roraima at 1.800m. We spend the nights in Hilleberg-Tents in the center of the so called "Lost World".

Tag 10: Base camp - Roraima high plateau (F,M,A)

After breakfast we start to climb the mountain. The first two hours we are crossing the rain forest with uncounted orchids and bromeliads. Continuing 90 minutes more the climb "the Ramp" until reaching the top were huge fern trees and bizarre appearing. We set up our camp under huge rocks called "hostels". After lunch we discover the closer surrounding.

Tag 11: Roraima high plateau- camp Coati (F,M,A)

After the first night on top of Roraima and after breakfast we are heading north. We see stone formation which remind of fairy tales and the valley of crystals. At the "Triple-point" the three states Venezuela, Brazil and British Guyana meet. After 6 hours we reach the camp Coati looking like a inner rock garden among the stone labyrinth.

Tag 12: Camp Coati - La Proa - Coati (F, M, A)

Today we try to reach the northern cliff of Roraima. Breathtaking views to the rainforest of Guyana and Brazil topping the fact that this part of Roraima is almost never visited. It is so remote that we are pioneers in this area. In the afternoon we return to camp Coati.

Tag 13: Coati - Southern cliff of Roraima (F, M, A)

Walking back to the southern cliff of Roraima we explore the Yacuzzis and the window, where we have a view to the neighbor Kukenan. Quite often the fog charms this viewpoint into a mystic version of the roman "The lost World".

Tag 14: Roraima - Santa Elena (F, M, -)

After breakfast we take a last morning picture and descend from Roraima. Having a light lunch at the base camp, we take the bikes again and drive back to Paraitepuy. The 4WD cars are waiting to bring us to Santa Elena were we stay overnight at the comfortable Camp Ya Koo.

Tag 15: Sta. Elena (F, -, -)

Today is for relaxing and a good occasion wash the worn clothes. The camp has a natural and a build pool and hammocks in a cherished garden. We are leaving Santa Elena at 7pm by night bus to Puerto Ordaz.

Tag 16: Pto. Ordaz - Caracas (-, -, -)

Arrival in Puerto Ordaz at about 7 in the morning, the airport and flight to Caracas.

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

Salto Sapo
waterfall
 
Adrenalin Active Trip
Key information:
Number of days: 16
Price per person: 2.330,- EUR
Level of difficulty:
(1 = easy  5=difficult)
4
Minimum 2 persons required.

What's included:
Flugticket
Bustickets
Überdachtes Boot mit Außenbordmotor
Transport im Toyota 4WD
Übernachtung viermal in Hängematten und neunmal in komfortablen Camp oder Hotel
Professioneller Reiseleiter, zweisprachig
Zwölf mal Frühstück, acht mal Mittagessen und elf mal Abendessen
Alle Ausflüge laut Programm
What to bring:

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

Other info:

カラカス空港、またはポル=ラ=マール空港でお手伝いが必要な方には迎車を出すこともできます。

Recommended books:

Recommended Travel map from Int. Travel maps, www.itmb.com, ISBN 0-921-46359-6

Guidebooks from Lonely planet, Footprint or Bradt Travel Guide

Books:
"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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