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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
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
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.
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