Day 1: Caracas. Arrival in Caracas or Margarita. Our friendly staff will greet you and transport you to your hotel. Balance of the day at your leisure.
Day 2: Caracas-Uruyen Camp. Flight to Uruyen Camp in Canaima National Park, with first views of Angel Falls (in clear weather). We will spend the day exploring the surrounding canyons, jungle and waterfalls. Accommodations are in lovely thatched-roof huts.
Day 3: Uruyen Camp-Kavak Camp. Hike to Kavak Camp through jungle and savanna. Visits will be made to several small villages. At Kavak Camp you will sleep in hammocks or beds, in clean rustic rooms, for two nights.
Day 4: Kavak Camp. Day-hike through the surrounding virgin jungle to the Kavak Cave and Honeybee Waterfall. In the afternoon, those who are interested can join in a soccer game with local Pemón Indians.
Day 5: Kamarata-Arenal Camp. Departure for Kamarata, time permitting including a visit to the Capuchin Mission. Here we begin our river journey to Angel Falls in curiaras (dugout canoes). We overnight at the lovely Arenal Camp.
Day 6: Ratoncito Camp-Angel Falls. River journey continues into Devil's Canyon, to the base of Angel Falls. From our camp on Ratoncito Island we will hike to several spectacular views of the falls.
Day 7: Canaima Lagoon-Caracas. Return to Carrao River. Journey to Sapo Falls and Canaima Lagoon. Afternoon departure for Merida via Caracas. Arrive Merida, transfer to hotel, Mérida is the capital and university city of Mérida State. It is situated on a plateau at the foot of the highest mountain in Venezuela, Pico Bolivar, at the border of Sierra Nevada National Park. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Merida. Cable car excursion, city tour, and market visit. In the morning a one-hour ride on the famous cable car which brings you to an altitude of more than 4700 meters at the cable car station at Pico Espejo. In the afternoon, you'll go on a tour of the beautiful city of Mérida and visit the colorful market stalls of Mercado Principal where you will find typical Venezuelan and Andean handicrafts native to this region. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Village and Lagoon Excursion. After breakfast we drive for about 1 ½ hours through the Andean villages of Tabay, Mucuruba, and Mucuchies to the Mucubaji lagoon from where we take a short walk to Laguna Negra. It is a pleasant walking-tour on a small path which winds through the green countryside. Once in a while you can have a glance at the valley of Santo Domingo. The color of the water changes depending on weather or season from dark blue to milky dark green. Always different! Surrounded by the mountains and in peaceful silence we rest here before starting back for Mucubaji Lagoon. For lunch you'll warm up (remember - you're in the Andes mountains) with a hot cup of cocoa, tea, or coffee at a small restaurant and you can try fresh local trout!
We travel on up to Pico El Aguila, the highest pass of Venezuela. Even walking a few steps at this altitude makes you realize how thin the air is! Next we'll take a side trip to the condor breeding station, where strong efforts have been undertaken in recent years to reintroduce and encourage breeding of the endangered Andean Condor. With a little luck we may see one of these magnificent birds circling in the sky - or at least an eagle or two. In the afternoon we head back to Merida, taking our time to stop at the handicraft stalls lining the road along the way. Specialties of the region are hand-woven carpets and simple, robust ceramics. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 10: Maracaibo. Flight to Maracaibo and city tour. Maracaibo is the most important city in western Venezuela. Includes: (B).
Day 11: Sinamaica Lagoon-Ciudad Bolivar. Morning excursion to Sinamaica Lagoon, home of the Guajiro Indians, visiting their traditional homes and villages and having lunch in a typical restaurant serving traditional local foods, then back to Maracaibo for a flight to Ciudad Bolivar via Caracas.
Day 12: Ciudad Bolivar. Morning city tour of this beautiful city with its fascinating history, then flight to Caracas to make your connection for your flight home or extension trip to Los Roques National Park, where you'll be able to relax on the beach as a perfect finale to an amazing Venezuelan Reverie.
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