Days
12
Price from
$5,162CAD

Despite overflowing with varied natural beauty, Venezuela is still somewhat overshadowed by its South American neighbours, but with 43 national parks covering much of the country, this land offers so much for nature and adventure lovers. From the modern streets of Caracas to the traditional small towns nestled high up in the Andes, and from the white sand beaches of the north to the deep forest canyons of the south, you’ll discover a land of incredible variety and diversity on this independent journey. Hike the glacier lakes of the Andes, search for jaguars, crocodiles and anacondas in Los Llanos, trek through jungle to the base of the tallest waterfall on the planet and swim through pristine Caribbean water filled with a rainbow of tropical fish on an unforgettable Venezuelan adventure.


Start
Caracas, Venezuela
Finish
Caracas, Venezuela
Country
Venezuela
Style
Independent Journeys
Code
PSVNJ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Explore the colonial towns of the Andes

  • Walk around serene glacier lakes high up in the mountains in Altamira de Caceres

  • Drive the highest mountain pass in Venezuela

  • Observe incredible wildlife in Los Llanos

  • Stand at the foot of the world highest waterfall - Angel Falls

  • Snorkel the crystal clear waters of Los Roques National Park

Itinerary

Arrive in Caracas and transfer to your hotel.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Fly to Merida and explore the lower Andes around the town. We will drive along the winding streets of the Andes, through cloud forest, until arriving at the small Andean village of Jají. After exploring its beautiful colonial streets, we continue to the old coffee plantation Hacienda El Carmen, with its small museum.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Explore the Páramo region of the higher Andes. We will visit the Andean villages of Tabay, Mucurubá and Mucuchíes (where a special type of large and fluffy mountain dog is bred). We reach Laguna Mucubají, from where we hike for 2 hours to Laguna Negra, a beautiful glacial lagoon at 3000 meters, whose dark waters mirror the surrounding landscape. We will visit the biological station of Mifafi, working to protect the endangered Frontino Bear and to reintroduce the Condor to the Venezuelan Andes. We will drive along Pico El Aguila, at 4100 meters the highest mountain pass in the Venezuelan Andes, with spectacular views.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Extending from Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, through 1.000 kilometers of Venezuela to the Orinoco Delta, the vast plains of The Llanos cover an area of about 320.000 square kilometers. The Llanos are an incredible place to see wildlife. Apart from more than 300 species of birds (including scarlet ibis, hoatzin, screamers, soldier storks, spoonbills and many more) you may be lucky enough to spot jaguars, ocelots, anteaters, honeybears, capybaras and alligators, in an environment still relatively undisturbed by man.

Our accom is a working cattle ranch, with the mission of protecting the spectacular wildlife of the Llanos.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning and afternoon animal-watching excursions are done by open trucks, boat, or on foot. A true paradise for naturalists, birdwatchers and everybody who wants to discover nature from close up with the guidance of professional naturalist guides.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Fly to Puerto Ordaz. Set on the southern bank of the Orinoco River, at its confluence with the Caroní River, the bustling city of Puerto Ordaz is the gateway to the Gran Sabana, the Orinoco Delta, and Canaima National Park.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Fly to Canaima.

Between the rainforest of the Amazon Basin and the watershed of the Orinoco River, is a rugged wall of remote mountains and deep, heavily forested canyons. This is Canaima National Park . Many of the mountains have precipitous rock walls that rise thousands of meters where they end in an almost perfectly flat top. These formations are known by their Indian name: Tepuis. Originally the tops of the tepuis were joined together in a vast
continuous plateau that stretched over a large part of northern South America from the Colombian Mountains into Guyana. Over the time erosion carved steep-walled valleys and crevices into the plateau leaving fragments of the plateau completely isolated. The region remains one of the most thinly settled and one of the most beautiful of all natural areas in South America.

We board our dugout canoes at Canaima beach, and cross Canaima lagoon with impressive views of its seven waterfalls. A short walk through savannah, and we start walking behind! the impressive water curtain of Sapo falls. It is a truly exhilarating experience: a cliff to the right, the roaring falls to the left, and water spray everywhere. Once on the other side of the curtain, we walk to the top of the falls for a wonderful
view of the Tepuy landscape. Return to Canaima beach. The fall might have less water in the dry season.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Early in the morning we board our motorized dugout canoes or “curiaras” in the Pemón Indian language. We travel up the Carrao river, and cross Mayupa lagoon and the Arautaima rapids, always surrounded by the spectacular landscape of Canaima National Park. We enter Churún river, winding its way through the spectacular Devil's Canyon. One more turn, and we see the highest waterfall on earth! We leave our canoes, and walk for an hour through virgin rainforest, until arriving at a rocky ledge. We suddenly stand before the magnificence of the Angel Falls, a few hundred meters away, becoming drenched by the frenzy of spray. A truly unforgettable and awesome sight! We can take a refreshing bath in the lagoon at the base of the fall. Lunch. In the afternoon return to Canaima.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Fly back to Caracas.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Situated just 160 kilometers north of Caracas, the Archipelago of Los Roques is one of the largest national parks in the Caribbean, with expansive white sand beaches, warm azure waters and an abundance of marine flora and fauna. The archipelago is comprised of 22.120 hectares of sea, strewn with 50 islands, islets and reefs ringing a central lagoon of mangrove and coral. Gran Roque is the only inhabited island, and all posadas can be found in its small village.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Los Roques is an ideal destination for diving and snorkelling, and for enjoying the sea and the sun away from the bustle of larger beach destinations.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Fly back to Caracas where your tour comes to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Plane, Boat, Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Estancia (2 nights)

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