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Roundtrips | Experience eastern Venezuela

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During this round trip we visit the most beautiful and most interesting places in eastern Venezuela. The Gran Sabana, the Angel Falls (the highest waterfall in the world), the Orinoco Delta and the popular, by Alexander von Humboldt discovered, Guacharo Cave make this trip to a unique adventure.
This trip is organized by Kreis deutschsprachiger Posadas mit Tourangeboten.

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

Welcome at the international airport in Caracas, flight to Ciudad Bolivar, welcome cocktail and Briefing. The overnight stay is in the beautiful Posada La Casita in Ciudad Bolivar.

Tag 2: Ciudad. Bolivar - Las Claritas, Anaconda Camp (F, M, A)

We start at 8 am in Ciudad Bolivar heading to Las Claritas.
We pass traditional villages like Guasipati, Tumeremo and the legendary El Dorado where we visit the bridge of Gustav Eiffel. In the afternoon we visit on of the gold mines in Las Claritas. Our accommodation is in double rooms at Camp Anaconda.

Tag 3: Las Claritas - Mantopai (F, M, A)

After breakfast we go the the indigenous village Iboribo. From there it is just 20 minutes by dugout at the Aponwao river to the Aponwao waterfall (Chinak Meru). It is a great view how this huge amount of water feeds the 107m high waterfall. After taking pictures we drive back to the village. Later after lunch we visit the mission in Kavanayen the fathers teach the Indians to improve their agricultural techniques. For the last part of the way to Mantopai a 4WD car is a have-to! The tricky path can only be done by professional drivers. The whole way is covered by orchids and carnivore plants, similar the top of the surrounding table-top mountains. The Camp Mantopai is next to the river Karuai on the base of the table-top mountain Soropan.
Dinner and overnight stay is here in Camp Mantopai one of the most beautiful camps in the Gran Sabana.

Tag 4: Mantopai (F,M,A)

After breakfast we start together with a local guide a jungle walk for 3 hours. He explains the medical plants, hunting techniques and we visit the farm area where the Indians plant fruits and vegetables, and brew their typical beer. With some luck we see snakes, a lot of different kind of birds, rodents, tapirs or apes. The lunch is at the camp and afterward we can rest for one hour. In the afternoon we explore the Karuai river, enjoy a natural water slide and watch a small waterfall just 15 minutes next to the camp. Many carnivore plants and orchids grow at the bank of the river. The overnight stay is again at Camp Mantopai.

Tag 5: Mantopai - Santa Elena de Uairen (F,M,A)

After breakfast we leave Mantopai and continue our tour via the Panamericana road to the Kawi waterfall. Here we can take a bath and jump from an 8 m high cliff into the water. Later we visit a viewpoint to the table-top mountains and we will have lunch at the indigenous village San Francisco de Yuruani. The next event is the La Cortina waterfall.
Water level permitting we go behind this waterfall until the middle of La Cortina. An adrenalin pushing adventure! At last we visit the famous waterfall Quebrada de Jaspe. The whole riverbed is read shiny Jaspe stone and is a perfect camera occasion. Overnight stay is in Santa Elena in the camp Ya koo.

Tag 6: Santa Elena de Uairen - Canaima (F, M, A)

In the morning we leave Santa Elena in a small 5-seat Cessna.
During the flight we have a fantastic view to the table top mountains and the Gran Sabana. After arrival we cross the famous Canaima lagoon by dugout. This lagoon is fed by five waterfalls. It is a great photo opportunity. In the afternoon we walk just 20 minutes and reach Salto Sapo. We can walk behind this waterfall. For this we need bathing suits because we will get wet! Our overnight stay is in beds in a camp opposite the Canaima lagoon. Here we also have our dinner.

Tag 7: Canaima - Angel Fall (F, M, A)

Today we drive by boat via river Carrao to the Angel Fall. It depends on the water level, but usually the drive is for 4 hours. In dry season it can happen that the guide has to leave and push the dugout at some rocks. We get an unbelievable impression of Auyan-Tepuy when we reach the devil-canyon. After the drive we walk for about 90 minutes to a Angel Falls viewpoint. Incredible standing under the highest waterfall in the world! At lunch time we eat fried chicken at the banks of the Carrao river. We stay overnight in a camp with hammocks with view to the Angel Falls.

Tag 8: Salto Angel - Ciudad Bolivar (F, M, -)

After breakfast we take a morning picture and start our way back to Canaima for the flight to  Ciudad Bolivar. Pickup and overnight stay in Posada La Casita.

Tag 9: Ciudad Bolivar - Tucupita- Orinoco delta (F, M, A)

Very early in morning we drive from Ciudad Bolivar to Tucupita, the capital of state Delta Amacuro. A highlight is the overnight stay at the swimming comfort hotel  "Flotel Warao" in the lonely river arm "Cano Madre vieja" among the Orinoco delta. This Flotel came from a fantastic idea. The base is a catamaran with the hotel on top made of wood. Huge windows only covered by gaze give a crazy view to untouched nature and the play of the dolphins and otter. Pickup is at the harbor of Caigual. The first trip by boat impresses immediately. It is possible to see water hyacinthine, sweet water dolphins (toninos), giant otter, water turtles and many snakes, maybe an anaconda. The excursion in the afternoon is in canoes.

Tag 10: Orinoco delta (F, M, A)

A big animal tours starts early in the morning. We navigate down a main river of the Orinoco  river and have uncounted opportunities to watch the wonder of the fauna. These plant rich banks we see Howler- and Capuchin-monkeys running. The dolphins will guide our boat and we can watch crowds of birds. Lunch is at a shadow place in middle of the delta. In the afternoon we can visit a typical village of the local Warao Indigenas. Before we return to our Flotel, we fish some Piranhas for dinner.  Piranhas are known as Caribe in Venezuela.

Tag 11: Orinoco delta - Caripe (F, M, -)

This day we start at dawn, the best time to watch the animals close to the Flotel. We cross a nearby lagoon and will see a lot of animals very closely.
After breakfast we start another tour through the narrow mangrove canals. Again we can watch and tape new species animals. The tour ends at the harbor where our car is waiting to bring us to Serrania de Turimiquire in Caripe. When we arrive in time at the famous Humboldt Cave, we can watch the start of the Guacharos (Fettschwalme) . An ear-aching spectacle.

Tag 12: Caripe - Carupano (F, M, -)

After breakfast we visit the famous Guacharo Cave again. Only 11 km are explored so far, the real size is sill unknown. Unique by the amount of here living Fettschwalme, called "Los Guacharos".
These birds navigate by ultra-sonic, are the only vegetarian night birds and only live in this cave. This cave is also the hugest stalactite cavern of South America. 200 hundred years ago Alexander von Humboldt discovered this cave, and even Alfred Hitchcock send a team to this cave for the soundtrack of "The birds". After visiting the cave and lunch in a typical but very good restaurant we walk for just 1 km through tropical forest to the waterfall "La Paila". Afterwards we visit the beautiful village Caripe which is also called  "el jardin del oriente" ("the garden of the east"). In the afternoon we drive through cloud forest to the coast of Carupano, where we stay in the comfortable Posada Nena directly at the beach.

Tag 13: Carupano (F, M, -)

Today we discover the untouched Paria peninsula, where the time stopped one-hundred years ago. To heat our senses, as the phase says, we visit the thermal springs of El Pilar. This melting pot of nature with its sulfur ambient reminds us of Faust "Witch hubbub". We get a late breakfast and boil eggs. Afterwards we visit the buffalo ranch "Rio de Agua" in the savannah of the gulf of Paria. Here we watch the water buffalos in the mud and the savannah with its birds from a viewpoint. Who want can taste fresh buffalo cheese. Then we follow the beautiful roadt via Bohordal through primary forest with immense bamboos grove until we reach "Playa Medina". Here we rest and spend some time. In the afternoon we visit the cacao hacienda "Bukare", where the owner explains how to increase the quality of cacao in a natural way. We are invited to learn the secrets of making cacao. On our way back to Posada Nena we pass the colonial village Rio Caribe and drive along the beautiful coast road.
Spending more nights at Posada Nena always possible..

Tag 14: Carupano - Caracas (F, -, -)

After breakfast we a brought to the airport of Carupano and enter our plane to Maiquetia to get the international flight.

Die next tours starting at:

22.08.2006
08.10.2006

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

Angel Fall / Salto Angel Salto Sapo
waterfall
   
Highlights of eastern Venezuela
Key information:
Number of days: 14
Price per person: 1.940,- EUR
Level of difficulty:
(1 = easy  5=difficult)
2
Minimum 2 persons required.

Next tours:
22.08.2006
08.10.2006
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:

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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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