Mantopai tour / 4 days

This tour offers a great mix of off-road terrain driving, trekking in the jungle, Indian culture and wild and romantic camps.

Camp Mantopai, one of the most beautiful camps in the Gran Sabana, is located next to the Karuai River and at the foot of Sororopan Table Mountain. We will drive to unique waterfalls such as Jaspe waterfall located in the jungle. With its red shining riverbed it offers an ideal photo motif. There are countless swimming opportunities. Enjoy the unique nature and the indescribable view of the table mountains.

4 days
TOURBEGINN 9:00 am in Santa Elena de Uairen
TOUR END 17:00 Santa Elena de Uairen
Light clothing
Insect repellent
Rain jacket
Sturdy walking shoes
Light trekking sandals
Warm clothes
Tour guide
Ride in a 4WD with experienced driver/guide
4x lunch
3x dinner
3x breakfast
Boat transfer to Aponwao waterfall
All excursions mentioned
Non-alcoholic beverages during the rides
Overnight stay in simple but clean accommodations with Indian families
Alcoholic beverages
Drinks in the accommodations and restaurants

Minimum number of participants: from 2 persons

Day 1

We start at 8:00 am from Santa Elena. Our first stop is the Jaspe waterfall. The entire riverbed is made of the bright red Jaspe stone and offers a great photo-motif! Continue for two hours along a well paved road to “Luepa”. There the off-road adventure begins with the off-road vehicle. We need two to three hours depending on the weather to Kavanayen which lies in the heart of the Gran Sabana! After lunch, we visit a religious mission, where Friars of the Franciscan Order teach the Indians an improved agriculture. For the last 15 km to Mantopai we need about an hour. An incredible way! The entire route is littered with orchids and carnivorous plants. Our camp is right next to the river Karuai and at the foot of the Sororopan Table Mountain! Dinner and overnight in one of the most beautiful camps of the Gran Sabana!

Day 2

After breakfast, we start with an Indian a 3-hour jungle hike with explanation of the medicinal plants, hunting techniques and visit the fields where the Indians cultivate fruits and vegetables and brew their typical beer. With some luck you can see snakes, birds, rodents, tapirs or monkeys. Lunch is served at the camp and we can rest for an hour. In the afternoon we explore the river Karuai, enjoy a natural water slide and see a small waterfall just 15 minutes from the camp. Many carnivorous plants and orchids adorn the river bank. Our overnight stay is once again in Mantopai.

Day 3

On the third day we will drive to the Indian village Iboribo and from there take another 20 minutes by boat on the Aponwao river to Aponwao waterfall. A breath taking spectacle when the water masses fall down the 107 m high waterfall Chinak Meru! After watching the waterfall and taking photos, we go back to the Indian village. After lunch we drive to our camp Rápidos de Kamoiran.

Day 4

After breakfast we drive to the Kawí waterfall. There we take an extensive bath under the waterfall or jump from the 8 m high cliff into the nature pool! Then we continue to a viewpoint for the Table Mountains. We will have lunch in the Indian village of San Francisco de Yuruani. The last attraction of the day is the La Cortina waterfall. If the water level allows, you can walk behind this spectacular waterfall to its centre. An unforgettable experience for adrenaline-addicts! We reach Santa Elena in the late afternoon.

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