'Gran Sabana Mini-adventure'

Itinerary map for Venezuela 'Gran Sabana Mini-adventure' holiday


  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 La Escalera
  • 2 Gran Sabana (Canaima NP)
  • 3 Gran Sabana (Canaima NP)
  • 4 Kavanayen
  • 5 Gran Sabana (Canaima NP)
  • 6 Caracas
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Gran Sabana Mini-adventure'


Your English-speaking local guide collects you from your hotel in Puerto Ordaz or the airport in a 4WD vehicle. Drive south on the Transamazonica through rainforest region with gold and diamond mining.


Drive up La Escalera, we pause near the top for the view over the rainforest then enter the vast landscapes of the Gran Sabana itself. Turning off the road we drive on dirt tracks to Salto Kawi waterfall for the start of a two day trek. You could cool off with a swim in the pool below the falls before 4 hours’ easy walking across open savannah to a small farm where a Pemón family are our hosts. Camp nearby and sleep under an infinity of stars.


Set out trekking early in the morning to reach the little community of San Jose de Tuaoken, about 5 hours away, where 15 Pemón families live. Today’s trail is somewhat harder, over grassland and through forest, with some ups and downs. Camp at Tuaokén and meet the locals – our arrival will cause some very good-natured excitement.


Today we board a dugout canoe with a Pemón crew who will paddle us up the Aponguao river for approx 3 hours. There is forest on both banks which from time to time gives way to views of the savannah. At one point we have to leave the canoe and walk for 15 min where the Aponguao river flows through a hole! After some further navigation we leave our dugout and trek for about 40min to a high point on the river which we cross by canoe then walk down to see the impressive Chinak-merú waterfall. After relaxing, and swimming below the falls if you wish, a motorized dugout will ferry us from above the falls to the village of Puerto Iboribo where a vehicle is waiting to drive us to the mission village of Kavanayén where we stay overnight at a simple tourist lodge.


A full day exploring the Gran Sabana by road visiting Kamá-merú, Yurauni Falls, San Francisco de Yurauni where the local community sells Pemón handicrafts, Jaspé Falls where a clear stream runs over a bed of semi precious stone, and some other viewpoints on the way. Stay at a tourist lodge at Kamoirán.


We return on the Transamazonica Highway to Puerto Ordaz. You would arrive in time to catch the late afternoon flight to Caracas or to drive onwards to Ciudad Bolívar, or you could stay overnight in Puerto Ordaz if travelling onwards to the Orinoco Delta or Paria.

Guide prices for 'Gran Sabana Mini-adventure'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Guide Price 2 people sharing £1,055
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Venezuela
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
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

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Seasonal information for 'Gran Sabana Mini-adventure'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 La Escalera 25°C rainfall 31mm
2 Gran Sabana (Canaima NP) 26°C rainfall 70mm
3 Gran Sabana (Canaima NP) 26°C rainfall 70mm
4 Kavanayen 25°C rainfall 62mm
5 Gran Sabana (Canaima NP) 26°C rainfall 70mm
6 Caracas 25°C rainfall 30mm

Typical weather for January


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

Hotels for 'Gran Sabana Mini-adventure'

Day 1

Anaconda Lodge

Las Claritas, km85

Anaconda Lodge comprises of 13 spacious A-frame cabins each with a private bathroom (hot water) and a/c.

The lodge is set within a lushly vegetated walled compound, located in the middle of the tough gold/diamond rush village of Las Claritas. It makes a convenient positioning night if moving to/from the Gran Sabana and is the best accommodation in the local area.

Anaconda Lodge
Days 2 - 3



Average rating 4.5 (2 ratings)

Day 5

Posada in Gran Sabana

Posada in Gran Sabana