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Venezuela- A Land Of Contrast (17 days)

Duration: 17 days/16 nights

Minimum group: 4 people

Route: Caracas-Choroní-Chuao-Barinas-Mérida-El Paramo-Los Nevados-Barinas-Apure-Los Llanos-Ciudad Bolívar-Canaima-Caracas

This tour of 17 days takes you right round the country, from west to east, and shows you the real contrast of the Venezuelan landscapes.

You will start in white sand beaches, see the snow topped mountains in the Andes, go on safari on the flatlands in Los Llanos, travel through the jungle to reach the table-mountain Tepui´s of the Gran Sabana, see the bustling cities, the colonial villages, the country life of the campesinos, and hear the drumbeats of the Caribbean beaches. This tour is accessible to anyone, but does include some days of gentle walking in the Andes.

Highlights:

  • Caribbean beaches

  • Colonial villages

  • Trekking in the Andes

  • The hot springs of the Musui

  • Safari in Los Llanos

  • Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world

  • The Gran Sabana and the Tepui Mountains

  • Wide variation in habitats and vegetation

Itinerary:

  • Day 1– Pick up in Caracas airport at the time that your flight arrives, and instant transfer to the Caribbean beach town of Choroní, roughly 4 hours from Caracas. We will accommodate ourselves in our Posada there, and if there is time, explore the colonial relics of the town.
  • Day 2– We will travel by boat to the village and beach of Chuao, famous for its cocoa plantations (supposedly of the best quality in the world), where we will spend the day sunning ourselves and seeing the small colonial town and its attractions, before returning by boat in the evening to Choroní.
  • Day 3– Leaving Choroní, we will travel by jeep, via Barinas, to the Andean City of Merida, considered one of the most beautiful in the country, arriving in the afternoon to our posada in the center of the city, at an altitude of 1700m.
  • Day 4– We will take you on a full day trip to the highest hot springs in Venezuela, La Musui, at 3,200m, where you will have the chance to do some walking both here in the National Park of La Culata as well as the National Park Sierra Nevada, at 3700m. The walking is of an easy level, accessible to all types of person, and a great chance to really connect with the beautiful Andean landscape. We return to Merida in the evening.
  • Day 5– We leave after breakfast on the rustic road deep into the mountains of the National Park Sierra Nevada towards the iconic village of Los Nevados, at 2800m. Here we will have a great chance to not only observe the culture, architecture, and lifestyle typical to the Andes, but also eat their typical food and listen to their typical music. We spend the night in our Posada amongst the clouds close to Los Nevados at 3000m.
  • Day 6– We will leave Los Nevados by the local transport system- mules, travelling upwards, deep into the National Park, and towards the route of the famous Teleferico of Merida, and very close to the highest peak in the country, Pico Bolivar (5007m). We will reach 4200m above sea level, where, amongst the rocky crags, we will find our refuge house where we will spend the night at about 3500m.
  • Day 7– From our refuge, we will descend by foot, through deep cloud forest, descending into the small village of Mucunutan, and we will travel back to Merida by jeep and back to the comforts of our Posada!
  • Day 8– Today is our chance to relax!  Merida has many beautiful sites of interest in the city itself, which you will have the chance to explore on your own this day. Equally it is a chance for the really adventurous types to try some additional activities such as paragliding, Canyoning, or Mountain biking. Equally it’s a great chance to pick up those all important souvenirs and presents for the family, or not least rest the legs!
  • Day 9– Next we leave Merida on the one of the most beautiful roads in Venezuela in the direction of the famous safari plains called Los Llanos. Going up to 3700m of altitude and the descending to sea level, we will arrive in the afternoon to our campamento far, far away from civilization, where all there is are caiman, birds, snakes, and many other varieties of animals!!
  • Day 10 and 11– We will spend these days in the area of Los Llanos doing various activities. We will go out on safari on the river, on horseback, by jeep, and we will do some fishing for piranha! This is our chance to observe the thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles (and with some luck the famous Anaconda) that make Venezuela one of the best countries in the continent for animal-life!
  • Day 12-Leaving our campamento after breakfast, we set off on the road for the trip to the eastern colonial town of Ciudad Bolivar, the original capital of Greater Colombia which Venezuela was originally a part of after the war of independence. We will arrive in the evening, and settle into our posada there.
  • Day 13– From Ciudad Bolivar we leave by plane (as it is the only way to get there!) to the indigenous village of Canaima deep in the ´Garden of Venezuela´, La Gran Sabana. Here we will spend the morning, visiting the famous red water lake of Canaima, and the 7 waterfalls that fall into it, before leaving by boat, in the shadow of the giant Tepui´s, up the river to our campamento.
  • Day 14- We will travel further up the river by boat, deep into the jungle, and to the base of the highest waterfall in the world, and Venezuela’s most famous attraction, Angel Falls, named after Jimmy Angel, the North American pilot who discovered it. There is a short walk through the jungle to reach the base, where we will spend the day before returning to our campamento for the night.
  • Day 15– We return by boat to the village of Canaima, and then by plane to Ciudad Bolivar, having time in the afternoon to visit some of the waterfront of the River Orinoco and the old parliament buildings in the city.
  • Day 16- We leave Ciudad Bolivar and travel back to the capital, Caracas, where we will spend the last night of our tour.
  • Day 17– It’s time to go! Depending on the time of your flight, you may have some time to see some of the sites of the capital, or maybe go straight to the airport Maiquetia in Caracas. It’s time for you to say goodbye to Venezuela until your next holiday opportunity!

Included in the package:

  • All accommodation for the 16 nights. 2 nights in Choroní, 4 in Merida, 2 in the area of Los Nevados, 3 in Los Llanos, 2 in Ciudad Bolivar, 2 in the area of Angel Falls, 1 in Caracas.
  • All transport costs from the moment you arrive into Caracas, by jeep, plane or boat
  • With respect to the food, included, throughout the 17 days, are 7 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 7 dinners. For the rest of your meals, your guide will be able to recommend some good options of where to eat, and where you can try some local dishes.
  • Bilingual guide for the 17 days
  • All activities listed

Not included in the package:

  • Airport taxes
  • Any additional activities which you may wish to do in the 17 days (such as snorkeling, paragliding, etc).
  • Entrance to the national parks
  • Tips

Additional Information:

  • This tour is available all year round, with a minimum of 4 people. Some modifications may need to be made depending on specific conditions of the dates (for example, over Christmas or public holidays), but wherever possible we aim to stick to the itinerary explained here. However in general it is necessary to be flexible as tourist here in Venezuela.
  • No special equipment is needed for this trip. A list of equipment will be sent to you by email on confirmation.
  • Please inform us at the point of conformation about any food allergies, vegetarians, or any physical disabilities within the group.
  • The majority of our accommodation will be in “Posadas” (Guesthouses), but on certain activities a hammock is recommended. Hammocks are provided, and there is always the option of a bed if anyone suffers from back problems.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PRICES, DEPARTURE DATES, AND TO MAKE A RESERVATION, CONTACT US AT:

website@posadayagrumo.com