|Ciudad Bolivar, Orinoco River Front & Colonial Town
Transfer Airport/Hotel (TRSINCBL)
Transfer Ciudad Bolívar/Pto Ordaz (TRSCBLPZO)
International standard of ground transportation service, with air-conditioned cars and coaches, bilingual guides. 1 kms approx distance to suggested hotel, and 121 kms distance to Ciudad Bolívar from Pto.Ordaz airport.
|Full Day Tour
|Historical & Sightseeing (FDCBL-1)
|Visiting the historic heart of the city, Bolívar square, where looms the massive barroc Cathedral, Half of the western side of the square is Casa del Congreso de Angostura Museum (Deputé building on colonial times), three blocks south will find the pleasantly shaded square Plaza Miranda, and Museum of Centro de las Artes. We'l go to highest hill in the city to provide the best view over the colonial area on the fortress Fortín El Zamuro, and beyond the fort another colonial Museum, Casa de San Isidro. And finishing the tour visit of the Etnographical Museum, the first venezuelans newspaper Museum of Correo del Orinoco, and well stroll of river side Boulevard Paseo Orinoco and stop midway of along the boulevard at the narrowest point of the Orinoco River Mirador Angostura.
|Orinoco River Trip (HDCBL-3)
|Transfer to the wharf of the local fish market La Carioca to board a boat going upriver passing front of the colonial city center, the emergent rock of la piedra del medio local river level exact measurement (set-up by Alexander Von-Humboldt german naturalist of the XVIII century). Angostura bridge (only bridge crossing the Orinoco). Most probably well be able see funny fresh-water dolphins localy called Toninas. Full Day tour is a combination of the above tours described with lunch at local restaurant.
|Puerto Ordaz, Caroni River Front City & Gate-Way to Gran Sabana
Transfer Airport/Hotel (TRSINPZO)
Transfer Pto.Ordaz/Ciudad Bolívar (TRSPZOCBL)
International standard of ground transportation service, with air-conditioned cars and coaches, bilingual guides. 20 Kms approx distance to suggested hotel, and 121 kms distance to Puerto Ordaz from Ciudad Bolívar.
|Llovizna & Cachamay Park (HDPZO-1)
|Pleasant riverside parks, Llovizna & Cachamay on the outskirts of Puerto Ordaz. Its here that the Caroní River picks-up speed turning into a serie of rapids and into a wonderful 400 mts wide-line of waterfalls. Several vantage points within the parks will let you see the falls
from various angles. Nearby Cachamay falls well have a short visit of the mini-zoo. Loefling Park.
|Full Day Tour
|Visiting the historic heart of the city, square Bolívar, where looms the massive barroc Cathedral. Half of the western side of the square is Casa del Congreso de Angostura Museum (Deputé building on colonial times), three blocks south will find the pleasantly shaded square Plaza Miranda, and Museum of Centro de las Artes. Well go to highest hill in the city to provide the best view over the colonial area on the fortress Fortín El Zamuro, and beyond the fort another colonial Museum, Casa de San Isidro. Finishing the tour visit of the Etnographical Museum, the first venezuelans newspaper Museum of Correo del Orinoco, and well stroll of riverside Boulevard Paseo Orinoco and stop midway of along the boulevard at the narrowest point of the Orinoco River Mirador Angostura. Lunch included.
|Guri Hidroelectrical Dam (FDPZO-2)
|Due southwest of Puerto Ordaz is the 2nd biggest hidroelectrical project in the world, the Guri dam. The gigantic 1304 mts long dam, was constructed during 23 consecutive years, and it water surface covers approx. 4.250 sq kms. Our trip will include the visit of the impressive machine-room where the giants hidroelectrical turbines are locatedand the enginner escort well show is and offer us many explanations.
|Canaima National Park
|Nature & Adventure Packages
Hoturvensa Lodge (CAJ-HOT)
Waku Lodge (CAJ-WAK)
Distance Apt Caj/ lodge 10.
Accommodations 3d/2n + RT transfer in Canaima included.
Buffet full board services each day included in package.
National Park included.
Available all year round.
Comfortable lodge with private bathrooms
Rain jacket, swim suit, sturdy shoes recommended.
|Day 01: Meeting at Canaima apt, handling assistance, transfer from airport to lodge, check-in assistance. Lunch.
Day 02: Day at leisure. Enjoy the programmed excursions or optional tours available. Meals and lodging included at Camp.
Day 03: Breakfast. Transfer to airport to take the flight back to Caracas.
|Angel Falls River Trip (CAJ-RIV)
| Excursion effective only from May to November (rainy season)
3 day/2 nights in hammock + Fap + RT Transfer in Canaima.
Rain jacket and sturdy shoes recommended
|Day 01: Meeting at Canaima airport and handling assistance. After lunch transfer to the wharf, check-in assistance for the boating upriver Carrao, bording more Tepuyes and crossing some little rapids. Upon arrival at Ratoncito island, rest and overnight in hammocks.
Day 02: Well continue with a 2 hours soft hike upto the foot of the Majestic Angel Falls. Picnic, rest and refreshing bath at sightseeing point of El Mirador de Laime (Laime was and old ukranian adventurer who lived in Canaima lake surroundings as an hermit). Rest
and overnight at Ratoncito islet on hammocks.
Day 03: Back to Canaima airport, visiting first Orchid Island. Arrival at airport and assistance to take flight back.
|Yuri Falls (CAJ-YUR)
| Available all year long
Bathing suit mandatory
Sturdy shoes recommended
Yuri Falls are situated 10 Km down-river from the Canaima Lagoon. In front of the fall the river flows into in a magnificent beach with pink sand of pure quartz. Ideal for a refreshing bath. The excursion is made on special vehicles cruising through the savannah for about 20 min. Several stops for pictures while the guide tells us about the formations we see all around. Then its a 20 min boat ride in the famous curiaras (Indian dug out canoes) along the jungle and admiring the tepuys (table mountains). After this short boat ride, we disembark in a small port for a short walk through the jungle to find a few minutes later the Yuri Falls all across the Carrao river. After admiring this fall, another 10 min hike takes us to the Paradisiacal Yuri beach. At this point, the contrasts of the river colors, the thick jungle, the pinky beaches appeal for a total relaxation.
|Sapo Falls (CAJ-SAP)
| Available All year
Bathing suit mandatory
Sturdy shoes recommended
Sapo Falls is famous due to its water curtain. Visitors
walk behind it as in the movies
The excursion starts at the Canaima Lagoon in curiaras (dug-out canoes). Many falls will be seen on the way. After 10 min navigation a short walk through the forest or the savannah, depending on the season (rainy or dry). Sapo Fall is a 20 mt high and 120 mts
wide cascade. In a natural and endless way, nature has made a path along it, irregular but safe. The water fall makes no contact with the visitor but the soaked wind guarantees a good shower. Its a unique sensation!. Once on the other side of the fall, the view is spectacular, an excellent spot for pictures. Then the excursions continues to the top of the cascade to appreciate its 20 mts fall. From there the color of the Carrao river is impressive. Time for a bath. Return to camp enjoying on the way the Sapito Falls. Same return itinerary.
|Orchid Island (Full Day) (CAJ-ORQ)
Available All year
Bathing suit mandatory
Sturdy shoes recommended
On board of the local Bongo we will begin the cruise-up the Carrao river entering the Auyantepuy, admiring the rocky formations that are more than two billions years old. At our arrival to Orchid Island, rest and time to take a bath. Picnic lunch and non alcoholics drinks included.
At 08:30 departure from lodge to the top of the Canaima Lagoon Falls, to Ucaima port by 4 wheel vehicles. From there up river in curiaras (dug out Indian canoes) for a 20 minutes ride to the Mayupa Savanah. Here we disembark for another 20 minutes cross country by jeep to the other side of the savannah where again we take our boat for an hour and a half. On the way the forest gallery is impressive with trees and plants in total harmony. The Auyantepuy or Devils Mountain (so called by the Pemon Kamaracoto Indians). This formation is the biggest of the park and the worlds oldest. The mountain, during the rainy season (May to November) allows more than 800 falls to drop forming like a big curtain moved by the wind. Some time to relax and take pictures at Happiness well. We take again our curiara towards Orquid Island where well walk a little to appreciate the fauna and flora of this magnificent place. Orquids are found mostly during the month of May. Time for a refreshing bath. Picnic lunch. Return to camp not before visiting Sapo Falls (20 mts hight and 120m wide) that will be crossed behind the water curtain. More unforgettable
pictures and return to the lodge by curiara to Ucaima port and by four wheel to camp site.
|Angel Falls (Ratoncito) (CAJ-ANG)
May to November. Please check for other periods
Bathing suit mandatory
Sturdy shoes recommended
This is the most complete of available excursions in the area. Only feasible during the rainy season (May to November). It starts a 04:30 am in 4 wheel drive vehicles up to the top of the Canaima Falls know as Ucaima Port, from there by curiaras (dug out canoes) for a 20 min ride up the Mayupa river. Again, another 10 minutes crossing by 4x4 to the other side of the savannah to take another boat to continue the expedition up river for an hour and a half. On the way of course an impressive view of the Auyantepuy the biggest rock formation of the national park and the oldest in the world, home of the unique Angel Falls!. After reaching orquid island breakfast is organized before proceeding another 15 minutes up the Carrao river to reach the Churum river. Well navigate this river for two hours along its meanders, its rapids and rocks, a real spectacle along Devils canyon. With good weather, at this point, well have at last the breathtaking view of angel falls and its 1000 mts. Cascade. Well then reach base camp of Ratoncito island. A walk to a closer range of Angel Falls is optional. Thats a hike through the jungle a little complicated as there is mud, rocks, ups and downs and many roots. It takes about an hour to find Mirador de Laime. Time to rest and take the pictures, feeling the rain produced by the fall. Return to camp is the same way around. Bathing and lunch. After lunch return on the same rivers but stopping this time at Sapo Falls, a 20 minutes hight and 120 mts wide impressive fall that well cross behind the water curtain. More pictures. Finally its the way back to Canaima and your lodge.
|Kavac Cañon (CAJ-KAV)
Available all year round
Swim suit is a must
Sturdy shoes recommended After an overfly some circling over the majestic Angel falls, continue to the south-eastern side of the Auyantepuy Massif and well land on Kavac-strip.
With vertical walls of the narrow entrance, a crack in the Table-Top mountain (tepuy) hides the wonderful small canyon, ending in a multicoloured arched roofed cave with a stream falling from a crevice in the roof. Lunch ande soft drinks included.
|Nature and Adventure Packages
Gran Sabana (GSB-PKG/1)
Day 01: We pick you up at the Puerto Ordaz airport and drive you to Las Claritas lodge where well spend the night. On the he way well visit a gold mine in El
Day 02: After Breakfast well visit majestic Aponwao water fall (110mts) near the village Iboribo. An indian dug out will take us to see the fall. Then we will return to the village, have lunch and go to sleep at Chivaton Camp which is located north-west of the park.
Day 03: After breakfast, we will drive to Sta.Elena stopping at Kawi for swim and lunch. Also, we will stop at Kama Fall and Jaspe Creek. Sta.Elena is a border town main activities are catering to gold and diamond miners and trade with Brazil. It is situated at 900 mts above sea level just to the south Canaima Nat.Park. It has approximately 12.000 inhabitants and is the capital of the Gran Sabana Municipality. Well stop to observe Mt.Roraima in the distance. Today well sleep at Camp Yakoo.
Día 04: After breakfast, well visit water falls Agua Fría and Puerta del Cielo; there will be bathing apportunities. We will stop to observe the sights of sabana and tepuys (table mountains) and then we have lunch at Suruape river. Later on, well visit Villa Pacaraima, a
small Brazilian border town. Back to Camp Yakoo in Santa Elena.
Day 05: Breakfast and transfer to Airport.
|The Trek to Roraima (GSB-PKG/2)
Day 01: We pick up you at The Sta.Elena airport and check you into the hotel. After lunch well visit Jaspers falls, whose riverbed is solid red jasper a semi.precious stone. Then, on to Yuruany falls. Returning to Sta.Elena.
Day 02: Well take us from Sta.Elena de Uairén to the little Pemon Village of Paraitepuy. Here we start the trek and walk for 4 hours until we arrive at the Río Kukenan. Bathe in the cool refreshing Kukenan while your guide prepares tea and cofee, later followed by the evening dinner. The Gran Sabana is walking counny so our pace is always relaxed. Most
importantly, you walk at your own pace. Well see to it that you do not get lost. To get to todays camp, we most wade across two small rivers.
Day 03: The trek continues 4 hours to the Roraima base, where we make camp for the night and spend the later hours of the afternoon relaxing, watching how the inmense sandstone wall before us changes colours. The view of the Savanna below and all around is breathtaking. Altitude gain approx.800 mts.
Day 04: We leave the base at sam and trek to the summit of Roraima. This takes approx. 4 hours. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the area around the camp. Roraimas summit is one of the worlds most unusual and surreal places. One look at it and you will
see why an indigenous guide must accompany all groups.
Day 05: Today we hike to the Roraima Triple Point. This is where Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana meet. We leave at 8:00 am. This long day hike is for those who are feeling quite fit today. About 3 hours into the hike, we come to the Cristal Valley, followed soon by the triple point. After well have lunch and return to camp.
Day 06: We descent, leaving at sam and walk for 6 to 8 hours as far as the river Tek (the first river we crossed on our way to Roraima.
Day 07: Leave camp at 8:00 am and walk to Paraitepuy, where the jeep will be waiting with lunch and a few cold drinks. Then it is back to Santa Elena Hotel and spend the night.
Day 08: After breakfast, well take you to the airport.
Round Trip transfers in Santa Elena
Accommodations and meals in Santa Elena
Transportation (4x4) to Paraitepuy
Specialist English speaking guide
Native porters for tents, kitchen, food
It does not include: sleeping bags nor isolators (each member has to bring its own), porters for personal equipment.
Sturdy boots or good rubber shoes
A pair of extra shoes
Isolator (to put under the sleeping bag)
Light cotton wear
Cocoa cream for lips
|Bird-watching in Venezuela
South América can perfectly be called The Bird Continent:around 2.936 species of birds inhabitat its mountains, forests and plains. That means 1/3 of the 9.016 species of birds know throughout the world. Venezuela has 44% of all the known species of birds in South América. 20 orders. 82 famihies. 589 genus. 1.346 and about 1700 subspecies have been recorded. 47 spevies of Parrots. 137 species of Flycatchers. 97 species of Hunimingbirds. 90 species of Antbirds and a total of 115 country and regional endemies, give you an idea of the bird diversity of Venezuela.
To the birding enthusiast Venezuela offers just about everything anyone could desire. It offers an astonishing variety of habitats and ecosystems from the endless savannas of the Llanos to the snow-capped peaks on the Sierra Nevada in the Venezuelan Andes; from rain washed lands in the legendary Great Sabana to pristine jungles in the low lands, the Orinoco Delta and the coastal mountain range. There is a fairly good system of paved roads and a variety of habitats within a relatively small territory.The ease of accessibility offers both birder and general nature lover an unequaled opportunity to increase their knowledge of neotropical flora and fauna.
|Birding in Bolívar State (ITI-BRD)
Day 01: Transfer to hotel in CARACAS.
Day 02: After breakfast, transfer to airport to take flight to Puerto Ordaz. Ground transfer to the town of El Palmar where well bird watch the next days at Río Grande and the Imataca Forest reserve. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at Posada Taguapire. Double rooms bathrooms.
Day 03/04: breakfast. Full Day birding at Río Grande and Imataca. Picnic lunch. Dinner.
DAY 05: Breakfast.Ground transfer to Km 88 birding in the road to Anacoco on the way. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at Barquilla de Fresa. Double rooms shared bathrooms.
Day 06:Breakfast. Full day birding The Capuchine Road and the Guyana Trails. Lunch.
Day 07: breakfast. Full day birding in the Escalera road. Picnic lunch. Overnight.
Day 08: breakfast. Ground transfer to Santa Elena birding in the Escalera road, the Gran Sabana and around Santa Elena along the way. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at Yakoo camp. Double room bathroom.
Day 09: breakfast. Full day birding on the Pauji road. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at Yakoo camp.
Day 10: Early birding around Santa Elena. Breakfast after birding. Departure by plane to
Pto.Ordaz Ciudad Bolívar or to Canaima.
|Orinoco Delta Lodge (DTA-ODL)
Day 01: Meeting at Puerto Ordaz or Maturín airport, handling assistance and ground transfer to the wharf. Boarding our boats and starting a wonderfull ride ending at Orinoco Delta Lodge. Check-in and scouting of the surroundings.
Day 02 (&3): Navigation through smaller channels deep into the RainForest, and well explore the remote places within The Delta. Some stops on Warao amerindian settlements to buy its handycrafts. Overnight at lodge.
Day 03 (or 4): Transf back to Puerto Ordaz or Maturín.
|Delta & Canaima from Margarita (ODL-PKG)
You can obtain detatailed description of this itinerary in our Margarita section.