Day 1: Caracas. Welcome to Venezuela! Airport reception and transfer to your hotel. Overnight accommodations at the Costa Real Suites, with typical breakfast included. The hotel is conveniently located in Caracas' Central Coast, in the Tanaguarena/Caraballeda area, just 20 min drive from the airport. There are only 15 colorful suites, with a comfortable bedroom with big windows, private bathroom (shower with hot water), a spacious living room with couches and a double hammock, a/c, fan, cable TV, hairdryer, safe, and minibar/fridge. There is a swimming pool and a restaurant/bar.
Day 2: Caracas – Canaima National Park. Hotel pickup and transfer to the airport. Depart on a flight to Canaima, flying over the massive tepuis into the remote south of Venezuela. Caracas - Puerto Ordaz flight times to be advised. Proceed to your connecting flight to Canaima. Puerto Ordaz - Canaima flight times to be advised. Upon arrival in Canaima, pay National Park fee (about US$14.00), before proceeding to Ucaima Camp, a small lodge located on the banks of the Carrao River, above Hacha Falls with views of three tepuis and the Auyan Tepui in the distance. Your transfer to the lodge involves a five-minute jeep ride, followed by a five-minute dugout canoe ride to the lodge.
Ucaima Camp offers tranquility and personalized service. Accommodations are in comfortable cabanas with private bathrooms. The grassy area in front of the lodge is a perfect place to sit back and enjoy the unique backdrop of Canaima National Park, and Canaima lagoon's cool, dark but clear water offers refreshing respite from the Gran Sabana's mid-day heat. In the afternoon, set off on an excursion to Sapo Falls. Setting off in a motorized dugout canoe up the Carrao River to the Sabana (plain) de Mayupa, you will enjoy a short hike to Sapo and Sapito Falls. Depending on water levels, the rocky trail actually follows behind the powerful falls. Return to the lodge for dinner. Includes: (B, L, D).
Note: Additional excursions available at an additional expense include: Angel Falls Over Flight. Depart in a charter flight for a thrilling 45-minute over flight of Angel Falls and the Devil's canyon. En route you will enjoy views of the Gran Sabana and Auyan Tepui.
Half-day excursion to Yuri Falls
Depart Ucaima by vehicle for a 20-minute drive across the savanna to Puerto Verde where you board a motorized dugout canoe and head down the Carrao River. Arriving at Puerto Yuri, a 15-minute walk through the jungle leads to the falls and beaches of Yuri where you will have plenty of time for swimming and exploring.
Full-day trip to Kavak
After breakfast, board a single or twin-engine plane for a 20-minute flight to the Pemon Indian outpost of Kavak located at the base of Auyan-Tepui. En route, you'll catch a spectacular birds-eye view of Angel Falls and Devils Canyon in the heart of Canaima National Park. Arriving in Kavak, you will be led by a native Pemon Indian on a hike across savannah and through lush rainforest to a series of spectacular waterfalls and the Kavak gorge. There is plenty of time for exploring this remarkable area, including a swim up the narrow canyon into an ancient waterfall "bowl" carved into the jungle and rock by thousands of years of relentless stream flow. Returning to Kavak, enjoy a grilled lunch and refreshments before boarding our return charter flight to Ucaima.
Day 3: Full-day excursion to Angel Falls. *Subject to weather conditions year-round. After early morning coffee and light snack, board a motorized dugout canoe (curiara) and set off up the Carrao River, which is lined by luxuriant vegetation. After another short jeep trip around Mayupa rapids, continue up river, stopping to view the spectacular scenery of the "Lost World." Giant tepuis loom over the savannah and jungle below and countless waterfalls gracefully descend the face of Auyan-tepui. The journey continues passing by Arautaima rapids, Pozo de la Felicidad and Orchid Island.
Upon arrival at Orchid Island, breakfast will be served. Afterward, continue upriver, leaving the Carrao River behind, and proceeding up the Churun River. After about one hour, you will reach Ratoncito Island, from where you can observe Angel Falls. From Ratoncito Island, a one hour hike leads to El Mirador, a lookout point offering superb views and photographic opportunities (weather permitting) to capture the massive rocky face of Auyan-tepui and "Salto Angel" in the warm morning sun. The rest of your morning will be spent exploring this "Lost World" on your own, and after a barbeque lunch return to Ucaima Camp in time for dinner. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Canaima - Caracas - Barinas - Hato El Cedral. At the appropriate time, you will transfer to the Canaima airstrip for your flight to Caracas. Canaima - Puerto Ordaz - Caracas flight times to be advised. You will be met upon arrival and assisted to your connecting flight to Barinas. Caracas - Barinas flight times to be advised. You will be met at the Barinas airport and transfer to El Cedral in the flat Llanos grasslands. Arrive at Hato El Cedral, a 160,000-acre working ranch and wildlife sanctuary. The campamento takes a serious approach to environmental issues, introducing the full protection of wildlife within their ranches, installing research stations and contributing to ecological funds. The Llanos is a bird watcher's paradise, with more than 300 species identified. Highlights include hoatzins, pied lapwings, king vultures, storks and ibis. See rugged Venezuelan cowboys, the llaneros, hard at work as they skillfully move great herds of cattle across the ranch. All meals included. Includes: (B, D).
Days 5-6: El Cedral. Embark on a variety of excursions in the early morning and late afternoon in the "Serengeti of South America." All meals included. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: El Cedral – Barinas - Caracas. Depending on flight schedules, you may have much of the day at El Cedral for an additional excursion. At the appropriate time, you will transfer back to the Barinas Airport for your flight to Caracas. Barinas - Caracas flight times to be advised. Airport reception and transfer to your hotel. Overnight accommodations at the Costa Real Suites, breakfast included. Includes: (B, L).
Day 8: Int'l Departure. Hotel pickup and transfer to the Intenational Airport. Includes: (B).
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