Journey to the oldest land on the planet – 9 days / 8 nights
Caracas - Gran Sabana - Canaima - Angel Falls
1: Arrival Caracas. Reception at airport and transfer to our hotel. Hotel Ole Caribe (4*) or similar.
2: Caracas – Puerto Ordaz – Gran Sabana. Early in the morning transfer to airport for our flight to Puerto Ordaz. Arrival to airport and departure for Gran Sabana. Before heading south, we make a stop at the beautiful tropical Cachamay Park, located on the banks of the Caroni River. We then head towards the Gran Sabana, through the rubber-seeking and gold mining towns of El Callao and Tumeremo. Stop for lunch on route. We then continue through El Dorado with its famous prison camps, wind our way up the “Escalera”, and in the late afternoon reach the northern boundary of the mystic Gran Sabana. The eastern part of the Canaima National Park is known as the Gran Sabana, an area of clear rivers, romantic waterfalls and an endless tepuys, the oldest geological region in the world, estimated to be over 2,000 million years old. Overnight and dinner at a basic and comfortable camp.
3: Gran Sabana. After breakfast we explore the Gran Sabana! We drive to the Pemon Indian village of Liworibo, and from there take a 30-minute dugout-canoe ride to beautiful Chinak Meru, the highest waterfall in the Gran Sabana. We will stop at the water holes of Pozo Escondido and Pozo de Los Enamorados, where we'll enjoy our picnic lunch and have time for a refreshing bath. In the afternoon return to our camp for overnight and dinner.
4: Gran Sabana – Santa Elena de Uairen (Brazilian border). After breakfast we head south to the Brazilian border. We will pass by clear rivers and waterfalls, driving through rolling savannah and forest, always accompanied by the impressive scenery of the Tepuys (table top mountains). We will stop at the waterfalls of Kawi and Kama Meru, the lookout point El Oso, and Arapan and Soroape falls, where we will stop for a picnic lunch. We continue south, stopping at Jaspe Falls, a shallow stream flowing over a wide bed of pure, semi-precious jasper, in sheets of glowing yellows, oranges and reds. In the afternoon we arrive at the border town of Santa Elena de Uairén. Overnight and dinner in simple and comfortable inn.
5: Santa Elena – Puerto Ordaz. After breakfast we return to Puerto Ordaz for overnight before heading to Canaima National Park. Accommodation at Hotel Roraima Inn Express (4*).
6: Puerto Ordaz - Canaima. Breakfast at hotel and transfer to airport to take flight to the village of Canaima, in the middle of Canaima National Park. We stay for 2 nights at Waku Lodge (superior lodge), including all meals and a boat ride on the Canaima Lagoon. After lunch at the camp, we depart for a half-day excursion to Sapo Falls. 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, during the dry season – January to April - we can 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. Canaima National Park, 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. 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: Tepuyes. From one of these Tepuyes plummets the world's highest waterfall: Angel Falls (3,212 ft). Dinner at camp.
7: Canaima. Depending on the season, we can choose between a wide range of excursions in this amazing destination. Our program includes during the rainy season a Full Day excursion to the base of Angel Falls by canoe. 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. Dinner at camp.
8: Canaima - Caracas. After breakfast fly to Puerto Ordaz and connecting fly to Caracas. Transfer to Hotel Ole Caribe or similar.
9: Departure Caracas. Breakfast and transfer to international airport.
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