Culminating in a visit to Canaima Lagoon with its seven waterfalls- we will end our expedition by experiencing the raw energy of Sapo Falls and traversing the hermit Anatoly’s man made path behind them. Canaima National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 1: Caracas - Uruyén.
Early morning transfer to airport. Fly to Puerto Ordaz transfer to a light plane for two hour flight to Uruyén, landing on the same landing strip where both Jimmie Angel and Ruth Robertson set up base camps before their respective expeditions. Jimmie first discovered Angel Falls (in 1935) and Ruth later (May 1949) proved they were the tallest in the world. Spectacular overflight of Angel Falls included (weather permitting). Afternoon hike to Yurwan Canyon and local waterfalls with indigenous Pemón guides. Overnight at the Pemón lodge of Uruyén in beds. Uruyén camp located by the foothill of Auyan Tepuy. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 2: Uruyén - Kavak.
Transfer to Kavak by jeep, or hike through the savannah and rainforests visiting local Pemón village’s enroute. Afternoon hike to Kavak Canyon and the sacred cave of Kavak with Pemón guide. Overnight at Kavak Lodge in beds. Uruyen-Kavak trail, one of the most scenic hikes of Venezuela. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Kavak - Arenal.
Early morning transfer to Kamarata port for riverboat expedition (curiaras) to Angel Falls. First stop will be Kamarata to visit the local school children at school or homes of the local Pemón. Overnight in hammocks at Arenal camp on the bank of the Carrao River with spectacular views of the river and the tabletop mountains of Uey-tepuí and Auyántepui. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Arenal - Angel Falls.
We take to the river early morning for the penultimate leg of our expedition. Entering the awe inspiring “Devil Canyon” on the Rio Churún we will make our final approach to Angel Falls. Trek through the rainforest to “Laime’s Lookout Point” – the same point where Laime and Ruth stood in May 1949 to photograph the falls. Overnight at Ratoncito Island camp in hammocks. Exciting river expedition onto the Carrao and Churum rivers. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Angel Falls - Canaima - Ciudad Bolivar.
Early morning curiara trip to Canaima along the Churún and Carrao rivers. We will pass close by Mayupa airstrip where Ruth finished her epic journey on May 17th. One last adventure - before bidding farewell to our captain and his Pemón crew – Sapo Falls beckons. Walk behind the gushing curtain – one of seven waterfalls unloading its raw energy into Canaima Lagoon with great vistas from the top of the falls. Fly to Ciudad Bolivar; visit with Jimmie Angel's famous plane at the airport. Overnight at Hotel La Cumbre. Boat ride onto Canaima Lagoon. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Ciudad Bolivar - Caracas.
Morning city tour of Ciudad Bolivar (optional extra). Transfer to airport for flight to Caracas - for return journey home, an extra night of fun in Caracas or on to Henri Pittier for a few days relaxation at Coral Lagoon Lodge (or other Venezuelan eco-destinations). Includes: (B).
Suggested Items to Bring:
- Hiking boots and socks
- River shoes or sandals with good tread and closed toes
- Light cotton trousers, shorts, tee shirts, long-sleeved shirt
- Rain protection (poncho)
- 2 bathing suits, one towel
- Sun protection / sun block
- Head protection - baseball cap, hat or scarf
- Insect repellent (suggestion - Johnson's
Baby Oil, alcohol and / or "deet")
- Small flash light and spare batteries
- Small backpack for daily essentials
- Camera with plenty of film and a spare battery is advised!
- Plastic bag for your wet clothes
Jun 15, Jun 29, Aug 4, Sep 6, Oct 6, Nov 24.
Special departure dates can be arranged for groups of 4 or more.
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