Los Llanos – Amazonia (Autana) – Canaima option – Orinoco Delta – Paria peninsula (18 days)

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1680€/Person for a group of 4 to 5 people
1500€/Person for a group of 6 to 7 people
1300€/Person for a group of 8 or more people

(The circuit can also be arranged for 1, 2 or 3 people)

The price includes:
  • An English speaking guide during the duration of the trip
  • Local guides
  • All the meals (except the ones indicated below)
  • All the accommodations
  • Ground transportations and the domestic flight
The price does not include:
  • The international flight (contact our airline partner http://flydiscount.biz/english.html)
  • Canaima option – Salto Angel (Contact us for more information)
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Meals in Caracas (days 1 and 18) (about 10€ per meal)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
DAY 1: Arrival in Caracas
An English-speaking guide will meet you and the group at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Dinner at your expense.
Transport: Vehicle (about 1hr)
Accommodation: Hotel Ávila – Caracas
DAY 2: Arrival in Los Llanos
Breakfast and transfer from the hotel to the airport (about 1hr). Flight to Barinas (about 1hr) and transfer from airport to the Mantecal Camp (about 3hr). Lunch at camp and first contact with the exotic fauna of the Llanos (caimans, capybaras, iguanas, birds, etc.). Tour of the camp and its surroundings and dinner.
Transport: Vehicle (about 4hr) and plane (about 1hr)
Accommodation: Rooms with beds and hammocks
DAY 3: Immersion in Los Llanos
Breakfast and excursion on a motorized boat. Observation of the freshwater dolphins, caimans, big turtles Mata-Mata (more than 1m long) and piranhas fishing. Return to camp for lunch followed by outing in a Jeep Safari 4x4. We will view and have contact with water snakes like anacondas. We also might encounter wild anteaters, tapirs and a large diversity of birds such as the gabán soldado whose height is 1.5m. Return to camp, dinner accompanied with a local music band from the Llanos.
Transport: None
Accommodation: Rooms with beds and hammocks
DAY 4: Horseback riding in the plains
After breakfast, we will horseback to the plains: viewing of howler monkeys, armadillos, birds and much more. Return to camp for lunch followed by excursion with horses or 4x4 according to your preference, to view the rich fauna for the last time. Return to camp and dinner.
Transport: None
Accommodation: Rooms with beds and hammocks
DAY 5: Arrival at Puerto Ayacucho, capital of Amazonia
After breakfast at camp, we will head to Puerto Ayacucho. Lunch at a local roadside restaurant. Arrival and visit of the capital city of Amazonia. Installation in the inn with swimming pool and dinner at the inn's restaurant.
Transport: Vehicle (about 5hr)
Accommodation: Manapiare Inn – Puerto Ayacucho
DAY 6: Cerro Autana
Breakfast at the inn and drive to the river port of Samariapo where we embark a "bongo", traditional motorized boat of Amazonia. We will navigate on the Orinoco River and its tributaries (about 1hr30) to arrive to the Autana River. First contact with the Indian population "Piaroa", visit to the Boca de Autana Community and walk (3hr roundtrip) in the forest. Picnic lunch on the riverbanks, swimming and fishing. Dinner and overnight at a local residents home.
Transport: Vehicle (about 1hr)
Accommodation: Camp with hammocks
DAY 7: Cerro Uripica
Breakfast and outing by boat (about 3hr) to the Piaroa de Ceguera Community in front of the Cerro Autana. Take a walk of approximately 4hr30 roundtrip to the Cerro Uripica. Picnic lunch and return to the community for a well deserved swim in the river. Dinner and overnight at the community.
Transport: None
Accommodation: Camp with hammocks
DAY 8: Rapids "Raudales de Peresa"
Breakfast and outing by boat from the community Piaroa de Ceguera to the rapids "Raudales de Peresa" (about 30 min). Arrival to our camp located in the middle of the countryside. Walk on the riverbanks (about 1hr30) to the Caño Negro Community. Picnic lunch at the Piaroa Community and we will continue our walk (about 2hr roundtrip) to an observation point with an exceptional view on the Cerro Autana. Coming back to Caño Negro community, we will take a swim in the river close by the rapids. Return to camp "Raudales de Peresa" where we will dine and sleep.
Transport: None
Accommodation: Camp with hammocks

DAY 9: River rafting on rapids
Breakfast and river rafting on the river before returning by boat to Port Samariapo (approx 4hr). Picnic lunch on the riverbanks and arrival to Puerto Ayacucho Inn. Dinner and overnight at inn's restaurant.
Transport: Vehicle (about 1hr)
Accommodation: Manapiare Inn – Puerto Ayacucho

DAY 10: Petroglyphs, "Slide of the jungle" and Panare Indian Community
Breakfast and transfer by vehicle (about 45min) to visit the petroglyphs (rock engravings) of Puerto Ayacucho. Bath in another natural toboggan called "Slide of the jungle". Lunch in a restaurant and we drive to the village "Los Pijiguaos" (about 4hr), which is a Panare Indian Community. This is the ethnic part of the trip. We will have dinner and sleep there.
Transport: Vehicle (about 5hr)
Accommodation: Camp with hammocks
DAY 11: Conuco
Breakfast and 2 hours walk (roundtrip). Visit to the Conuco (plantation of cassava and other vegetables) and visit to the Panare Indian school. We continue our trip to Ciudad Bolívar. Lunch in a local roadside restaurant. Arrive at hotel with swimming pool. Dinner at hotel's restaurant.
Transport: Vehicle (about 5hr)
Accommodation: Hotel La Cumbre – Ciudad Bolívar
DAY 12: Canaima-Salto Angel
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the airport for those who have chosen the Canaima - Salto Angel. Departure by Cessna plane at 8:30 AM and return at 4:30 PM: visit of the lagoon and fly over the Salto Angel, the highest waterfall of the world. For those not taking the Salto Angel option, a guided walk to the historical center of Ciudad Bolivar in the morning and outing by boat on the Orinoco River in the afternoon with a local guide. Return to hotel at the end of the afternoon for dinner.
Transport: Vehicle (about 30min)
Accommodation: Hotel La Cumbre – Ciudad Bolívar
DAY 13: Arrival at the Orinoco Delta
Breakfast at hotel followed by drive to the Orinoco Delta. Lunch in a local roadside restaurant. Arrival at the river port "Boca de Uracoa" where we embark a motorized boat and navigate (about 1hr30) on the Manamo River to the Warao Camp on the riverbanks. First contact with the flora, fauna and the Delta Warao indigenous community. Swim in the river and return to camp. Local regional dinner and overnight at camp.
Transport: Vehicle (about 3hr)
Accommodation: Camp with beds
DAY 14: Flooded forest and nocturne excursion
After breakfast we walk to explore, see and learn about the flooded forest guided by a local Warao Indian. He will explain to us the medicinal and culinary use of the local trees and plants. Return to camp for lunch. Excursion in a traditional Warao canoe: ride in the canals to observe the flora and fauna of the Delta and swim in the river. Return to camp for dinner and night outing to catch, observe and release snakes (e.g. peaks) and caimans with the use of a headlamp. Back to camp for overnight.
Transport: None
Accommodation: Camp with beds
DAY 15: Arrival to Caribbean Seacoast
After breakfast, return by boat to the Boca de Uracoa (about 1hr30) and drive to the city of Rio Caribe in the Paria Peninsula. Lunch in a roadside restaurant and arrival at the inn. Free afternoon in the beach and dinner in a seaside restaurant.
Transport: Vehicle (about 4hr30)
Accommodation: Shalimar Inn – Rio Caribe
DAY 16: Playa Medina
Breakfast at the inn and transfer to Playa Medina, known as one of the most beautiful beach of Venezuela. Picnic lunch on the beach. Late afternoon visit Bucare Ranch and their cocoa plantation and its chocolate production site factory. The Paria Peninsula is well known for the quality of its cocoa. Dinner and overnight at inn.
Transport: Vehicle (about 1hr)
Accommodation: Shalimar inn – Rio Caribe
DAY 17: Playa Puy-Puy
Breakfast at the inn and transfer to playa Puy-Puy, another wonderful beach of Paria. Lunch on beach and at the end of the afternoon, drive to Cumana, a colonial city. Dinner in a restaurant and overnight at inn.
Transport: Vehicle (about 4hr30)
Accommodation: Bubulina's Inn – Cumana
  DAY 18: Return to Caracas
After breakfast, drive to Caracas Maiquetia International Airport. Lunch at your expense on roadside restaurant followed by your international return flight.
Transport: Vehicle (about 6hr)
 
SUMMARY:
Level: Easy
Transport: Regular
Displacement: Walking, canoe, boat, car, plane
Luggage transfer: By car
Accommodation: Hotels, inns and camps

The strengths of this circuit:

  • Observation of the abundant wildlife of Los Llanos (many birds and caimans among others).
  • Immersion in the largest forest in the world, the Amazonia: walk around the mountain Cerro Autana , and contact with the Piaroa Indian communities.
  • River rafting on the rapids of the tributaries of the Orinoco River.
  • Flight over the highest waterfall of the world, the Salto Angel or visit of the historical center of Ciudad Bolivar (depending on option chosen).
  • Identification of howler monkeys and freshwater dolphins and also the discovery of the culture and way of life of the Warao Indians of the Delta.
  • Excursion to heavenly beaches at Paria Peninsula and visit to a cocoa/chocolate factory.
Depending on the number of participants in the group and date and period of travel, the suggested accommodation in the trip description may change but will be of equivalent class.