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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 (€ 50 per night)
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

Thursday 13 October – Caracas

  • Our guide will meet and collect you at Caracas airport.
  • At the hotel you will meet the rest of the group.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Friday 14 October – Caracas – Galipan

  • 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.
  • Highlight: We take the Avila National Park Televirico cable car. This is a cable car ride like no other, you go slowly up the mountain where you have an incredible overview of Caracas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Overnight stay in Caracas.

Saturday 15 October – Caracas – Merida – Concha – Ologo

  • Flight to Merida, a city in southwest Venezuela.
  • We meet our new guide for this region.
  • 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. We stay two days to maximise the chance of seeing it ourselves.
  • First attempt to experience the Catatumbo Lightning.
  • Overnight stay in Ologa Camp.

Sunday 16 October – Ologo – Congo Mirador

  • 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.
  • Highlight: Second attempt to experience the Catatumbo Lightning.
  • Overnight stay in Ologa Camp.

Monday 17 October – Ologo – Concha – Merida – Caracas

  • Boat trip back to Puerto Concha.
  • Drive to Merida.
  • If there’s time: city tour of the colonial city of Merida.
  • Flight to Caracas
  • Overnight stay in Caracas.

Tuesday 18 October – Caracas – Orinoco Delta

  • Morning flight to Maturin.
  • We meet our guides who take us to San Jose de Buja.
  • Highlight: Boat trip to our Orinoco Delta Eco Camp. The Orinoco Delta is as big as Belgium in surface area.
  • After arrival at the camp you can rest or join in some piranha fishing.
  • Highlight: Visit to the Warao Indians, in the middle of the delta. They will show us around their village and the jungle.
  • Watch the beautiful sunset over the Orinoco Delta.
  • Highlight: Night trip to see the nocturnal world with crocodiles and snakes.
  • Overnight stay in the Orinoco Delta Eco Camp.

Wednesday 19 October – Orinoco Delta – Ciudad Bolivar – Canaima

  • Drive to Ciudad Bolivar.
  • Highlight: From Ciudad Bolivar we fly further by small plane to Canaima, situated in the park of the same name.
  • After arriving in the village we change into a small boat.
  • 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.
  • Trip back to Canaima.
  • Overnight stay in Canaima.

Thursday 20 October – Canaima National Park

  • After breakfast 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 21 October – Canaima National Park – Ciudad Bolivar – Caracas

  • Boat trip back to Canaima.
  • Flight with a small plane in the direction of Ciudad Bolivar.
  • Flight to Caracas.
  • Overnight stay in Caracas.

Saturday 22 October – Caracas

  • More city sightseeing if time allows it.
  • Airport drop off.
  • End of tour.

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