Venezuela touring & wildlife holiday ideas:
Andes, Llanos, Caracas
A neat itinerary with just 2 internal flights, but giving plenty of variety, insight and relaxation.
Day 1 Met at the airport on arrival, stay in Macuto.
Mérida and the Andes
Day 2 L Morning flight to Mérida, met by your guide with vehicle. Afternoon city sightseeing in Mérida. Stay a night at a stylish posada in the historic quarter.
Day 3 BLD Visit the lush coffee growing region south of Mérida, the restored colonial village of Jají and a traditional coffee hacienda. Continue on scenic small roads to a lodge by the cloud forest for one night full board.
Day 4 BL Enjoy the gardens around the lodge or walk a cloud forest trail to emerge on open páramo, with long views in fine weather. Lunch at the lodge then return to Mérida with time to stop along the way. Stay at your posada in Mérida for two more nights.
Day 5 BL Ride on the cable car, stopping at the penultimate station. If the weather is fine you can decide to buy a ticket for the final section. Rest of day free.
Day 6 BLD Tour the high páramos region north of Mérida. Stay at a simple comfortable lodge on the way down to the Llanos, or high on moors at Hotel Los Frailes.
Day 7 BLD Descend to the Llanos reaching Hato El Cedral for lunch. Go on a wildlife safari in the late afternoon.
Days 8-9 BLD Two full days of safaris at Hato El Cedral.
Day 10 B After breakfast, transfer to Barinas for the flight to Caracas. Met on arrival and driven to your 3-4* hotel below Mt Avila, with pool, gardens and city views.
Day 11 BD Morning tour of Caracas, with a stroll in the historic quarter and visit Simón Bolívar’s birthplace. Drive (2hr) and boat across Tacarigua lagoon to the beach lodge for 4 nights full board.
Day 12-14 BLD Three days at the beach hotel. Excursions available locally at extra cost include fishing and nature tours of the lagoon.
Day 15 B Return by boat and road to Caracas for your international flight home.
Guide price £1,695
Sample independent holiday itinerary.
15 days/14 nights.
Starts and ends at Caracas airport.
The guide price is per person based on 2 people travelling together and sharing twin/double accommodation.
Guide price includes: all travel in Venezuela, private services of experienced English speaking local guides in Andes, shared guides in Llanos, all excursions and all accommodation (5 nights hotels and 9 nights tourist lodges), most meals (except 4 dinners and 2 lunches - allow £50).
* Llanos high season 15 Nov - 30 Apr: add £45pp
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