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Feel like Indiana Jones in Venezuela

Join our group tour to Venezuela. A country of many extremes. Together we will get acquainted with the impressive and vibrant capital city of Caracas, before traveling on to see the famous Catatumbo Lightning. To top it all off we visit the world famous Angel Falls and the Orinoco Delta. During the trip you will be assisted by experienced local and Western guides.

General info

Start dateThursday 13 October 2022
End dateSaturday 22 October 2022
Days10 days / 9 nights
Price€ 2,995
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 350)
Insurance
Visa
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Wednesday 12 October – Caracas – optional day

  • Arrival in Caracas of the first group members.
  • Our guide will meet and collect you at Caracas airport.
  • Relax at the hotel.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel.

Thursday 13 October – Caracas – Canaima National Park

  • Very early arrival in Caracas. (if not arrived on Wednesday 12 October)
  • Our guide will meet and collect you at Caracas airport.
  • 8:00 – morning flight to Canaima National Park.
  • We take our motorized canoe for the trip to Angel Falls. On the way we sail through the Carrao and the Churún river while we have a beautiful landscape in the background.
  • Highlight: Upon arrival at Devil’s Canyon you can see Angel Falls flowing from the top of Mount Auyán-Tepuy. With a height of approx. 1 km the waterfall is the highest in the world.
  • One hour walk through the jungle to the Mirador Laime viewpoint.
  • Highlight: Arriving at one of the pools at the bottom of the waterfall, if you like you can take a refreshing dip.
  • When you return to our camp there will be a campfire, before you fall asleep in your hammock with the sound of the waterfall.

Friday 14 October – Canaima National Park

  • If you want you can relax around the camp or join the guide to the wall of the waterfall.
  • We head back to the village of Canaima. 
  • Highlight: We sail via the lagoon to the Hacha Falls.
  • A short walk through the pink sandbanks will take you to the Sapo Falls.
  • Swimming by the waterfalls.
  • Overnight stay around the village of Canaima.

Saturday 15 October – Canaima National Park – Puerto Ordaz

  • Depending on the final departure time, we’ll do a morning walk through the village of Canaima.
  • Late morning flight to Puerto Ordaz (Ciudad Guyana)
  • Upon arrival in Puerto Ordaz we’ll explore the city. The place has a nice charming old town, where we’ll wander around.
  • See the confluence of the Orinoco and Caroni river.
  • Overnight stay in Puerto Ordaz.

Sunday 16 October – Puerto Ordaz – Caracas – El Vigia – Maracaibo

  • Morning flight to Carcacas.
  • Afternoon flight to El Vigia.
  • Drive to Puerto Concha, a harbour village on Lake Maracaibo, on the way we’ll pass by the Andes.
  • Transfer to a boat in Puerto Concha. Maracaibo Lake is the largest lake in South America.
  • With a bit of luck we’ll spot some dolphins during our boat trip.
  • Highlight: After arriving in the Juan Manuel National Park, we sail on to Ologo, where our overnight camp is.
  • Highlight: We will try to experience the Catatumbo Lightning. This special phenomenon takes place 140-160 days a year. It can take place up to 10 hours a day and up to 280 times an hour.
  • Overnight stay in Ologa Camp.

Monday 17 October – Maracaibo

  • Highlight: Visit the Congo Mirador water village. In this local village we visit the church, market, school, shops and local houses.
  • Crab (cangreja) fish.
  • With a bit of luck we see several animals, including the aracari, otter, tiger cat, capuchin monkey, tamanduas, caiman and many others.
  • Return to Ologa Camp.
  • Night trip to see the nocturnal world with crocodiles and snakes.
  • Highlight: Second attempt to experience the Catatumbo Lightning.
  • Overnight stay in Ologa Camp.

Tuesday 18 October – Maracaibo – Merida

  • Boat trip back to Puerto Concha.
  • Drive to Merida, along the way we make various stops;
  • Sugar Cane Plantation.
  • Visit to a coffee farm.
  • Paragliding – this area is world famous for its incredible paragliding (optional)
  • Free afternoon in Merida to explore this colonial village. Back in the days, Merida was famous as the outdoor capital of Venezuela.
  • Overnight stay in Merida.

Wednesday 19 October – Merida – Paramo

  • We drive into the Andes mountains (Sierra la Culata), here you’ll see a completely different side of Venezuela.
  • We visit various local villages and see what life is like in this part of the country.
  • Short hike downhill to Laguna Victoria, starting in Mucubaji.
  • Overnight stay in the mountain village of Paramo.

Thursday 20 October – Paramo – Caracas 

  • After breakfast we head back to Caracas via Merida airport.
  • Walk along the Sabana Grande Boulevard. This used to be the main shopping street of Caracas.
  • Plaza Altamira, where there have been many anti-government protests in recent years. 
  • Stop at some of the well-known places for socialist street art.
  • Walk past Avila Mágica in the village of Galipan. This area is a famous weekend trip for the locals as the air here is much cooler. Next to the road you will find several souvenir and food stalls.
  • Overnight stay in Caracas.

Friday 21 October – Caracas

  • Highlight: We will visit the Eternal Commander Hugo Chavez Mausoleum in Cuartel de la Montaña. His mausoleum is located in one of the socialist districts of the city.
  • Highlight: We take a walk through the 23 Onero neighbourhood. This socialist neighbourhood was a stronghold of socialism during the Chavez era. Our guide explains exactly what this meant for the local population.
  • El Calvario Park, one of the best parks in Caracas and a perfect way to mingle with the locals.
  • Highlight: Walk through the historic city centre, along the way we pass places like:
  • Simon Bolivar Museum, the most important museum about the life of Simon Bolivar.
  • National Pantheon, this is Simon Bolivar’s mausoleum.
  • Simon Bolivar’s birth house.
  • Plaza Bolivar, the central square of Caracas.
  • Cathedral.
  • City Hall.
  • National Assembly, one of the most important government buildings.
  • San Francisco Church.
  • Overnight stay in Caracas.

Saturday 22 October – Caracas

  • Airport drop off.
  • End of the tour.