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'Country Walks in the Andes'

Itinerary map for Venezuela 'Country Walks in the Andes' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Caracas
  • 2 San Jose
  • 3 San Jose
  • 4 La Mesa de los Indios
  • 5 Merida
  • 6 Sierra la Culata NP
  • 7 Sierra la Culata NP
  • 8 Sierra la Culata NP
  • 9 Caracas
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Country Walks in the Andes'

DAY 1

Arrive Caracas

Arrive Venezuela. Positioning night on the coast near the airport.

DAY 2
LD

to the Andes - San Jose and the Tostos Valley

An early morning flight from Caracas the Andes area, where you are met and looked after throughout your stay by an experienced English-speaking local guide. First, you take a leisurely drive through varied countryside before taking a winding road up to 7,500 ft (with panoramic views) to arrive at the remote village of San José to stay 2 nights at a delightful chalet-style guest house.

DAY 3
BLD

Starting from San José, there is a fairly easy trail around the hills into the peaceful Tostos valley. Eucalyptus trees border fresh mountain rivers as the trail passes meadows with lilies, and fields where farmers plough with oxen. In the scattered hamlets corn is still ground by hand.

DAY 4
BLD

Cloud forest around La Mesa de Los Indios

A leisurely start before driving down into the Chama valley. Continue driving to a charming posada in a traditional courtyarded house in the village of La Mesa de los Indios for 2 nights. Here on a Saturday night you might stroll to the Plaza Bolívar to hear a recital by the local wind orchestra school.

DAY 5
BL

to Merida

A morning walk in the local cloud forest to enjoy the luxuriant vegetation and perhaps bathe at a waterfall. Then transfer up to the university city of Merida. There will be time to visit the covered market to purchase snacks for your following days of trekking in the Sierra de La Culata.

DAY 6
BLD

Village to Village staying in Mucuposadas in Sierra La Culata National Park

You are collected from your hotel in Mérida by your English speaking local trekking guide and driven up to the high moors to limber up with a walk to Laguna Negra. Perhaps visit the nearby Astronomic Observatory before spending the night at your first mucuposada in the village of Mitibibó at 3,400m. This trek in the Sierra La Culata National Park supports a community-based rural project. You walk, with a mule to carry your pack, between mucuposadas—traditional adobe and stone houses renovated to offer food and lodging in a simple and warm manner.

DAY 7
BLD

A half day’s walk through the beautiful landscape of the Sierra La Culata through a changing scenery passing through the region of wheat and potato cultivation to the Valle de El Banco, then crossing the tree line and walking on the páramos moor. Spend the night in La Toma Alta.

DAY 8
BLD

A full day’s trek takes you through a glacial landscape of lakes, huge frailejónes and endemic plants up to a high point, the Alto de Muruzoque, at 4,264m. You then follow an old royal road to your final mucuposada at Misintá.

DAY 9
B

return via Merida to Caracas

A leisurely start to enjoy the tranquillity of the high mountains and Doña Rosa’s garden. In the mid-morning you will be collected from Misintá by 4WD and driven to a paved road, then back via Mérida, where you will be reunited with any stored luggage, and transferred down to El Vigia airport for a late afternoon flight back to Caracas. E.g. fly El Vigia/Caracas 17.00/18.15 You will be met on arrival and transferred back to a hotel on the coast near the airport for a positioning night. [Note: this would combine well with an optional extension to the Llanos - either as a nature excursion or as an additional multi-day village-village downhill hike, , or from Apr-Dec a visit to the southern shore of Lake Maracaibo for the Catatumbo Lightening display].

DAY 10
B

a.m. transfer to Caracas airport for an onwards flight to your next destination - perhaps add a beach extension to Margarita or Los Roques

Guide prices for 'Country Walks in the Andes'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Guide Price £1,065
Prices are per person and include:
  • all transport in Venezuela
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • all excursions described below, services of private English speaking local trekking guide on Days 2-9 inclusive.
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • airport and departure taxes
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Country Walks in the Andes'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

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Seasonal information for 'Country Walks in the Andes'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Caracas 25°C rainfall 30mm
4 La Mesa de los Indios 23°C rainfall 27mm
5 Merida 21°C rainfall 34mm
6 Sierra la Culata NP 15°C rainfall 26mm
7 Sierra la Culata NP 15°C rainfall 26mm
8 Sierra la Culata NP 15°C rainfall 26mm
9 Caracas 25°C rainfall 30mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Country Walks in the Andes'

Day 1

Buenavista Inn

Catia La Mar

This is one of the few decent, mid-price B&B options  conveniently situated for Caracas airport in the nearby coastal town of Catia La Mar. It is a ideal for a positioning night. Its 20 rooms are bright, simply furnished with wi-fi and cable TV.

There is a veranda with hammock chairs and ocean breezes.

Note: No pool

A restaurant has recently opened serving lunch and dinner.

Buenavista Inn
Days 2 - 3

Martin's Posada

Paramos village

Martin's Posada
Exterior
Day 4

Posada Papa Miguel

La Mesa de los Indios

Posada Papa Miguel is a traditional courtyarded house situated in the village of La Mesa de los Indios.

Posada Papa Miguel
Hotel
Day 5

Posada Casa Sol

Merida downtown
rating

Average rating 4.2 (9 ratings)

Our favourite posada in downtown Merida. This is a stylishly renovated colonial house with interior patio garden where breakfast is served. The public areas are decorated with modern handicrafts created by local artisans.

Rooms are comfortably furnished and have private bathrooms, safes, laptop internet connections and TVs.

Posada Casa Sol
Day 6

Mucuposada D1 Mitibibo

Mucuposada D1 Mitibibo
Day 7

Mucuposada D2 - La Toma Alta

Mucuposada D2 - La Toma Alta
Day 8

Mucuposada D3 - Misinta

Mucuposada D3 - Misinta
Day 9

Buenavista Inn

Catia La Mar

This is one of the few decent, mid-price B&B options  conveniently situated for Caracas airport in the nearby coastal town of Catia La Mar. It is a ideal for a positioning night. Its 20 rooms are bright, simply furnished with wi-fi and cable TV.

There is a veranda with hammock chairs and ocean breezes.

Note: No pool

A restaurant has recently opened serving lunch and dinner.

Buenavista Inn