Venezuela touring & wildlife holiday ideas:
Andes & Margarita
A popular mix: a week of easy touring in mountain scenery and a week of sun on Margarita Island.
with an optional day trip to Canaima and Angel Falls
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 2 nights at a stylish posada in the historic quarter.
Day 3 BL Tour the high páramos region north of Mérida
Day 4 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. Drive to the village of La Mesa de Los Indios. On Saturday nights the village wind orchestra usually plays in the main square. Stay at a pretty guest house.
Day 5 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 on the edge of cloud forest for two nights full board. The owners are charming and very hospitable but speak only a little English.
Day 6 BLD Free day at the cloud forest lodge—walking, birdwatching, relaxing.
Day 7 B Drive back to Mérida, perhaps stopping to visit a studio of silk weavers and textile artists (prior appointment essential).
Day 8-14 BD Morning flight from Mérida to Margarita via Caracas. Met on arrival and transferred to our favourite boutique hotel there for 7 nights half-board. You might choose to visit Canaima and Angel Falls on an optional day trip.
Day 15 B Late morning transfer to the airport. Fly to Caracas for your chosen international flight home.
Guide price £1,565*
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, all accommodation (12 nights hotels, 2 nights tourist lodges), most meals (except for 8 lunches and 4 dinners - allow £100 spending money for these).
* Margarita high season Easter, August, 15 Dec - 15 Jan: add £75pp
Optional day trip from Margarita to Canaima, with a scenic flight over Angel Falls en route (weather permitting), £300pp inc lunch.
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