Day 1: Caracas Airport - Catia La Mar. Meet our travel assistant at the Maiquetía airport in Caracas. He/she will welcome you to Venezuela, answer all your questions, and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 2: Catia La Mar - Caracas Airport - Maturín. Early in the morning take a flight to Maturin. From the Maturin Airport you will be transferred to a magnificent ranch. The ranch is a beautiful cattle property with vast prairies interrupted by "morichales" of water and palms.
When you arrive at the ranch you will be greeted with a cocktail. After checking-in, grab one of the terrain bikes the ranch offers its guest to go out and explore or if you are too tired, enjoy the billiard and pin-pong tables or just relax in the pool or take a nap in a hammock. At around 8:00 pm dinner will be served (Venezuelan style). Overnight at the ranch. Includes: (L, D).
Day 3: Maturín - Puerto Ordaz/Ciudad Guayana - Maturín. After breakfast (7:00 AM), you will be transferred to the millennial Guayana region in the Bolivar State and cross the great Orinoco River on a ferry or "chalana" for automobiles.
When we arrive at La Llovizna National Park - an area endowed by the nature of beautiful landscapes of forest combined with majestic waterfalls - you will get a chance to walk through the park and visit the Macagua II hydroelectric power station. After La Llovizna, travel to Cachamay, a park of similar characteristic as La Llovizna where we will stop for lunch.
After lunch, continue the journey east to Los Castillos de Guayana, a fortresses built during the Spanish reign to protect the riverside villages against pirate and corsair attacks in the XVI and XVII centuries. At Los Castillos de Guayana see panoramic views of the Great River and visit a small museum. Return to the ranch for dinner. Overnight at the ranch. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Caripe - Maturín. Today we head to the Guacharo Cave located on the northern side of the Monagas State (3hr drive) . The cave is the biggest and one of the most famous caves in Venezuela. This cave has as its centerpiece a large limestone cave, which is home to thousands of oilbirds (guácharos in Spanish; scientific name Steatornis caripensis). The cave is a limestone cavern over 10 km long, with a number of large chambers and spectacular rock formations.
Its most unique feature is the huge number of birds who live inside, which the Indians have named “Guacharos”. Like bats, these birds possess an ultrasonic orientation system, are the only vegetarian night-birds on earth and are found only in this cave. The cave was explored 200 years ago by Humboldt. Later, Alfred Hitchcock sent a team to Venezuela to capture the sounds of the cave for his famous movie “The Birds”.
After visiting the cave, we will have lunch at a typical Venezuela restaurant where you will also have an opportunity to visit little shops that sell local handicraft. At this place you will also be able to walk to El Salto la Paila (a 70 m. waterfall). At around 6:00 PM, return to the cave to see how hundred of birds exit the cave from its interior going in search for food. The birds are expected to return right before sunrise. Overnight at a posada (guest house) in Caripe. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Caripe - Orinoco Delta - Maturín. We leave Caripe at 8:00 AM and head to the Orinoco Delta river (30 min) where you will take a boat tour of the river. During the trip, observe the great flora and fauna variety of the delta. Spend sometime with the Warao Indians. Visit their village, get to know their culture, customs and way of living. Take sometime to walk in the rainforest. Taste the worm of themoriche palm, very rich in proteins, and do a bit of piranha fishing and with some luck observe the beautiful blue butterfly (Morpho).Lunch will be eaten on the road as we head back to the ranch. Overnight at the ranch. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Maturín - Caracas Airport. Wake up early (6:00 AM) to milk the cows at the ranch! Breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM. After breakfast, do a bit of horseback riding. Observe and participate in the grouping of the livestock and the techniques used by the local cowboys. Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Maturin airport. Fly back to Caracas. Includes: (B, L).
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