Venezuela touring & wildlife holiday ideas:
Visit historic towns on the Orinoco, before exploring the secret worlds of its labyrinthine delta, ending with the simple paradise of the Paria peninsula.
Day 1 Met at the airport on arrival, stay in Macuto.
Day 2 LD Fly to Ciudad Bolívar in eastern Venezuela. Met at the airport and driven into town to a fine posada in a renovated colonial house in the historic quarter, for 2 nights. The posada has a small swimming pool. After lunch your guide will take you on a tour of this historic and atmospheric river port on the Orinoco.
Day 3 BLD Fly to Canaima. Weather permitting, the pilot will fly past Angel Falls en route hoping for good views of the mighty Auyán-tepui, the Devil’s Canyon, and Angel Falls itself, before landing at Canaima with views of Auyán and several smaller tepuis. Lunch is provided and you will be taken on a boat ride on the beautiful Canaima lagoon to see Hacha Falls. There may be time to explore the village or relax by the lagoon before your return flight to Ciudad Bolívar in time for dinner.
Day 4-6 BLD Your guide collects you for your trip into the Orinoco Delta. The first part of the journey is by road through farmlands, arriving at a landing stage where you board a boat to your lodge in the unique environment of the delta, for three nights on a full board basis. Daily excursions are included, usually by dugout boat, combining some wildlife viewing and experiencing the flooded forest habitat, and getting to appreciate the lives of the Warao people who live here in stilt villages. You can stay one night at a remote hammock camp if you wish.
Day 7 BLD A last river trip, this time back to the dock where you will be met and driven north to the pretty hill town of Caripe. Visit Guácharo Cave in the evening to watch the exodus of thousands of oil birds that roost there during the day, emerging in waves that darken the sky. They are the only birds to fly by echo location, emitting audible clicks to navigate in the darkness of the cave.
Day 8 BLD Return to the cave to walk inside its massive main cavern, then drive to the Paria peninsula to ‘stay on a chocolate farm in paradise’ at Hacienda Bukare for 4 nights, full board.
Day 9 BLD This cacao hacienda is one of our favourite places in the whole of Venezuela, with a nice variety of things to see and do all around, and wonderful beaches where you can take it easy if you prefer. On your first day you might like to learn about the process of cacao cultivation and chocolate production at the hacienda, and maybe free to relax in the garden after lunch or walk in the local area
Day 10 BLD Today you visit the Finca Vuelta Larga water buffalo ranch. The habitat is somewhat similar to the Llanos and it is a great place for water birds such as anhinga, horned screamer and scarlet ibis. Howler monkeys, caiman and capybara can all be seen here too.
Day 11 BLD In the morning visit Hacienda Aguasana which has 17 different pools which are heated geo-thermally to different temperatures. Some pools are sulphurous water, others thick mud pools. In the afternoon either relax in the garden of the hacienda or at one of the local beaches.
Day 12 BLD Transfer to one of the lovely local beaches for the day, with a picnic lunch provided by the hacienda.
Day 13 BTransfer to Carúpano airport for a flight to Caracas. Fly Carúpano/Caracas in good time for onwards international flights home.
Guide price Ł1,880
Sample independent holiday itinerary.
13 days / 12 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 English speaking local guides (Day 2 and 4-8), shared excursions from Hacienda Bukare, accommodation (3 nights hotels, 9 nights tourist lodges), most meals (except 1 breakfast, 1 dinner - allow Ł15).
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