Day 1: Mérida-Highlands.
Today we will ride the world’s longest (7.7 miles) and the highest (15,635 feet) aerial cable car - the Teleférico. This remarkable 1 1/2 hour mountain journey starts from Mérida, sweeps across the valley and rises above steep forested hills, cascading rivers and waterfalls to the summit - a wonderful panorama of snow-capped mountains, glaciers and lakes. Following our descent and lunch, we continue to the Mifafí highlands - home of the Andean Condor. There we will visit the Juan Manuel Paez Biological Station where we will learn about this impressive bird. We will visit Mucubají Lagoon and discover the diversity of Andean vegetation in this tropical, high-mountain climate.Dinner and overnight in Santo Domingo, a beautiful Andean town at an altitude of 2,200 meters. A quaint Andes village by Sierra Nevada National Park.
Day 2: Llanos.
After breakfast we will head down to Barinas, the gateway of the Venezuelan grasslands. Today we will drive to the heart of Los Llanos. We will lunch and relax before embarking on a safari type tour of the wildlife sanctuary by jeep. The grasslands and lush gallery forests offer us a unique opportunity to see a vast array of tropical wildlife in a single day. In fact, a greater variety of wildlife than just about anywhere else in the world - giant anteaters, iguanas, capybaras, red howler monkeys, tapir, deer, giant river otters, caiman, crocodiles, anacondas, armadillos, ocelots, and more than 300 species of birds. and has a brand of its own unforgettable folk music. At sunset watch the beautiful spectacle of thousands of birds flying back to their nests. After dinner we will enjoy an evening of "joropo" folk music. Overnight in hammocks at local camp. Red howler monkeys.
Day 3: Llanos.
Breakfast. In the morning we will visit different nesting sites and possibly find an anaconda or two. Our guides will take us to several spots where we can see armadillos, owls, anteaters, ospreys, aplomado falcons, red scarlet ibis, Orinoco geese, and maybe a glimpse of the elusive cougar. After lunch we will prepare for one of the best experiences the llanos has to offer - the boat tour. By boat we will view spectacled caiman and Orinoco crocodiles and, depending on the season, fish for piranha. If we are lucky we will enjoy a beautiful sunset over the vast expanse of surrounding wetlands. Dinner and overnight at the camp with the possibility of a night tour. Red scarlet ibis and great egrets.
Day 4: Llanos.
After breakfast we will enjoy another morning observing wildlife in the areas surrounding the camp. After lunch we will go rafting in the white waters of the Andean foothills. Our guide will show us the best way to do this exciting activity. Dinner at the camp and overnight bus to Maracay by 10pm. Llaneros are very friendly and authentic people. Our guides catching a médium size Anaconda.
Day 5: Henri Pittier National Park & Puerto Colombia.
Early arrival to Maracay. Bus ride to Puerto Colombia, a small fishermen village located by the eastern coast of Henri Pittier National Park. After checking in in our local guesthouse we will have some leisure time to enjoy the spectacular beach of Playa Grande. Lunch, shade and chairs not included. Overnight at local guesthouse. Local buses to Puerto Colombia.
Day 6: Henri Pittier National Park & Puerto Colombia.
Breafkast. We will go hiking into the Henri Pittier National Park. We will have a walk through primary and secondary forest with information from our experienced guides on the diverse flora and fauna viewed on the way. Hopefully we may see the boa constrictor and the bushmaster snakes which are some of the most infamous of the park. We will also have the unique opportunity of visiting an old and currently operational sugar cane mill that still uses equipment from the late 1800's interesting food plantations of the local people, cross beautiful streams and have various stops to eat lunch and enjoy the exuberant nature this forest has to offer. This experience is one of the best insights into the majestic nature of one of the most famous National Parks of the world. After that we will drive to Maracay to catch the bus to Ciudad Bolivar at 830pm. Fishing boats in Puerto Colombia.
Day 7: Canaima National Park & Angel Falls Expedition.
We will arrive to Ciudad Bolivar by 6am. We will fly to Canaima National Park by 730am. At our arrival to Canaima we will get driven to Churum Vená Camp for check in and relax. Lunch. Boat ride onto Canaima lagoon and hike to Sapo Falls for 20 minutes. Return to the camp and relaxation with an spectacular view of Salto Hacha late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in bedrooms with private bathroom at Churúm Vená Camp. Fly to Canaima in a Cessna.
Day 8: Canaima National Park & Angel Falls Expedition.
After breakfast we will navigate onto the Carrao and Churúm Rivers to reach Angel Falls bottom. Picnic lunch enroute. We will hike to Laime's view point to Angel Falls and water permitting we may swimm at the falls pool. Return by foot to our base camp right front of the falls by Churúm river. Dinner and overnight in hammocks at basic camp with shared bathroom. Angel Falls seen from Laime view point. Walk behind a curtain of water at Sapo or Hacha Falls.
Day 9: Canaima National Park & Angel Falls Expedition/ Ciudad Bolivar.
Breakfast. We return to Canaima lagoon for lunch and our flight back to Ciudad Bolivar by 2pm. Leisure afternoon on your own; you can visit the old district and few museums or simply relax by the swimming pool with a nice view of the Orinoco river from the window of your bedroom. Dinner on own. Overnight at Posada del Rosario. Wey tepuy seen from Carrao River.
Day 10: Orinoco Delta & Waraos.
Transfer from Ciudad Bolivar to Maturín by 6am. Orinoco Delta trip. We travel by road to the Buja River, and then by water-taxi to our Boca de Tigre camp. The camp is located in the middle of dense rainforest, on one of the many tributaries of the Orinoco river. From the comfort of our boat you can observe a wide variety of flora and fauna - water hyacinth, pink dolphins, giant river otters, anacondas, and sideneck turtles. Along the riverbanks you will see Indian villages with their unique raised dwellings (palafitos), built over the river's edge. Upon arrival at the camp you will be shown to your private cabins, and afforded some time to relax before lunch and your first excursion.
After lunch, it’s time to take a leisurely walk through the rainforest that surrounds the Orinoco. Here you will experience the wild, natural habitat of the virgin jungle. Once under the canopy, your Warao guide will point out edible plants which you will get a chance to taste, or if your stomach is strong enough you can try the juicy grubs that can be found living in the dead trees and vegetation!
When you return to the camp, you will be able to relax before dinner. If you wish, you may take a swim in the river by the camp, or just sit and observe one of the fabulous delta sunsets. After a delicious dinner you will have the chance of enjoying the silence of the Orinoco river from the harbor of the camp. A Warao house by the Orinoco River.
Day 11: Orinoco Delta & Waraos.
The morning will see you navigate the Orinoco in search of the various species that live there- among the highlights are river dolphins and spectacled caiman in the water, capuchin and red howler monkeys up in the dense foliage, hummingbirds and kingfishers in the skies above. After returning to the camp for lunch, it’s back into the boats for a trip to some of the Warao villages and palafitos that line the riverbanks in this part of the Orinoco. Our guide will explain about Warao culture, and the flow of the community's daily life – a truly fascinating experience. Here we will have an opportunity to meet some of their craftsmen, and inspect some of their workmanship, first-hand. Back to camp in the evening for a hearty meal and maybe even a few beers or Cuba libres! A Warao fishermen canoeing onto the Orinoco.
Day 12: Orinoco Delta & Waraos.
This morning you will be taken out to a quiet spot in the river to do some Piranha fishing, and then, conditions permitting, to the Orinoco ‘beach’ in the middle of the river where you can swim and relax. After lunch we travel by river one last time to rejoin the Buja river and drive up to Maturín for our bus back to Caracas at 9pm. Red billed toucan.
Day 13: Caracas.
Arrival to Caracas by 6am. Assistance by our staff for your trip beyond. End of service. The program may change according to nature conditions and availability.
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.
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