The wildlife and scenery is simply spectacular. Jaguar, puma, ocelot, red howler and capuchin monkeys, capybara, agouti, giant otter, manatee and dolphins are just a handful of the countless species of mammal that can be observed in their natural habitats. Among the extensive bird population are hoatzin, macaws, parrots, toucans, caciques, kingfishers, cormorants, egrets, falcons, hawks, harpy-eagles, weaverbirds and hummingbirds. There is also an untold number of amphibians, reptiles and fish species, including anaconda, boas, vipers, fer-de-lance, coral snakes, iguana, cayman, turtles, piranha, stingrays and catfish.
Owing to low sediment and high tannic acid concentrations, there significantly reduced numbers mosquito's in the Blackwater area as they cannot breed.
Day 1-6 : Departing from Jakera Lodge in Playa Colorada to the Morichal Largo a wildlife-rich tributary of the Orinoco. Paddling the way of the 'Warao' Indians (the people of the canoe) as they have for 20,000 years. We will paddle down these sublime waterways - going deep, deep into untouched areas. The Warao people are as amazed at seeing us as we are seeing them in this isolated area. Learn about their unique culture. Try traditional foods caught and gathered in this dense and seemingly endless jungle. Encounter red howler and cappuccino monkeys, piranhas, anaconda, river otters, rare manatee, pink river dolphins, huge Macaw, parrots, and much more. This is truly a unique and wonderful experience. Transfer back to Playa Colorada by jeep. BLD
Technical Notes: Put in point Morichal Largo bridge, then paddle the full length of Morichal largo to Isla Guamal and onto the mighty Cano Manamo for the final stretch to Boca do Uracoa. 180 km total, 110 km down stream with about 1 - 2 knots in our favour and around 70 km of tidal navigation. Some days may involve up to 8 hours of paddling so a minimum level of fitness is required...
Accommodation will vary from comfortable jungle lodges, sharing a traditional Chawata with small indigenous Warao families and makeshift Jakera camps set in primary jungle. This expedition can be shortened (or extended) depending on your requirements. There are two guides for the trip - one local guide with outstanding regional knowledge and experience, and a kayak and safety expert. When in the Delta we will be joined by indigenous Warao Indian guides from the areas we will be kayaking. Please note that a trip of this nature can be subject to influences such as weather and personal abilities. It is possible that the itinerary may need to be juggled en-route to accommodate these factors.
Day 7: Flight to Canaima with over flight of the famous Angel Falls. Opportunity to visit the beautiful waterfalls and lagoons of Canaima. Accommodation will be in a very comfortable lodge.
Canoe trip across Canaima lagoon to view her waterfalls before lunch. Excursion to El Sapo and Sapito Falls and dinner back at camp. Evening trip to the beach by Hacha Falls. Sleep in beds or hammocks. BLD
Day 8 : Set off in a canoe for Camp Isla Raton. First view of Angel Falls. Swim by wishing well waterfalls and short trip around Mayupa rapids. Hike to the base of Angel Falls. Sleep in hammocks in a simple rustic camp with toilet fascilities. BLD
Day 9 : Head back to Canaima village to check arts and crafts. Afternoon scenic flight back to Ciudad Bolivar and transfer back to Playa Colorada for late evening. B
Suggested Personal Items:
- Wide brimmed hat & Sunscreen
- Shorts & 2 T-Shirts
- Lightweight long-sleeved shirt and trousers
- Sport Sandals
- Compact Toiletries
- Pack-towel or sarong
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