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'Gran Sabana Discovery'

Itinerary map for Venezuela 'Gran Sabana Discovery' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Puerto Ordaz
  • 2 Kavanayen
  • 3 Kavanayen
  • 4 Santa Elena de Uairen
  • 5 Santa Elena de Uairen
  • 6 Canaima
  • 7 Caracas
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Gran Sabana Discovery'

DAY 1

Arrive Caracas

p.m. you will be met on arrival at Caracas airport and transferred to a hotel on the nearby coast at Macuto for a positioning night

DAY 2
LD

Gran Sabana

A morning flight from Caracas to Puerto Ordaz in eastern Venezuela where you meet your guide. Driving south from Puerto Ordaz, you pass through ranchland then into rainforest. There is a gold and diamond mining region where you can stop to see the mining and then perhaps walk in untouched rainforest in contrast. You will then be driven up the steep escarpment known as La Escalera for dramatic views over rainforests stretching to the horizon. Ascending to the Gran Sabana you have your first views of the table mountains. Stay at a tourist lodge beside the Kamoiran rapids.

DAY 3
BLD

Today you turn on to a dirt road to visit Chinak-merú—a very impressive tall waterfall with great views from the top across the savannah. You can walk down to the base of the falls. Continue to a remote lodge in the heart of the northern Gran Sabana at Kavanayén, your base for 2 nights.

DAY 4
BLD

Take a day to explore the area around Kavanayén. This Pemón village is in a breathtaking setting overlooking the rainforest and ringed by tepuis. A rough track leads to little Karuay Falls, you might drive part-way then walk on to Hueso Falls for a swim.

DAY 5
BLD

Driving south next day there are wonderful views of tepuis from the road. You stop to see Kawi and Kamá Falls and perhaps take a dip at Suruape cataract, then pass Mount Roraima (in the distance but still impressive) and continue to Santa Elena de Uairén—a bustling small border town, your base for 2 nights.

DAY 6
BLD

From here you can visit the memorable Jaspé Falls, Aguas Frías and Puerta del Cielo, where clear streams run over beds of semi-precious stone in reds and oranges. There is also the opportunity to shop in the Brazilian frontier post of Villa Pacaraima, border guards permitting.

DAY 7
BLD

Canaima and Angel Falls

Say farewell to your guide and board the spectacular flight over the heart of the Gran Sabana tablelands to Canaima. Privately chartered 5-seat Cessna fly Santa Elena/Canaima. If the plane is on time and the weather is good it is usually possible to pay a "tip" to the pilot to divert over the Angel Falls before landing at Canaima. The afternoon boat ride on the lagoon to get a close look at Hacha Falls and to walk behind Sapo Falls. Stay at a tourist lodge x 2 nights. Note: it is possible to upgrade to a lake shore lodge here should you wish.

DAY 8
BLD

Free day based at Canaima. Optional excursions are available here locally at additional cost e.g. river trips, or sightseeing flights over the Angel Falls.

DAY 9
B

Return to Caracas

a.m. transfer to the landing strip at Canaima. Fly via Puerto Ordaz to Caracas, arriving back in the mid afternoon. Fly Canaima/Puerto Ordaz Tras 11.30/13.00 daily airport assistance Fly Puerto Ordaz/Caracas R7744 14.00/15.00 daily you will be met on arrival and transferred back to the hotel on the coast near the airport for a positioning night. [Note: this trip could combine with catching a late evening flight to Coro or Margarita].

DAY 10
B

Depart

Transfer to Caracas airport for your chosen onwards flight.

Guide prices for 'Gran Sabana Discovery'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Guide Price 2 people sharing £1,855
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Venezuela
  • all accommodation
  • English speaking local guide with 4x4 vehicle on Days 2-7 inclusive
  • Domestic flights by light plane from Santa Elena to Canaima and Canaima to Puerto Ordaz
  • 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

Customer reviews for 'Gran Sabana Discovery'

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.

Average customer rating 93%

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Canaima, Angel Falls, waterfalls on Sabana and Curacao.

Seasonal information for 'Gran Sabana Discovery'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Puerto Ordaz 30°C rainfall 27mm
2 Kavanayen 25°C rainfall 62mm
3 Kavanayen 25°C rainfall 62mm
4 Santa Elena de Uairen 27°C rainfall 63mm
5 Santa Elena de Uairen 27°C rainfall 63mm
6 Canaima 30°C rainfall 43mm
7 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 'Gran Sabana Discovery'

Day 1

Ole Caribe

Macuto
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Average rating 4.1 (23 ratings)

Due to its convenience for Caracas airport, the coastal town of Macuto is the ideal place to stay for a positioning night. All the hotels here are rather characterless. Ole Caribe is the best of the 4* options, but nothing special. All the rooms have: Satellite TV, a/c, mini-bar, hair-dryer, security box and the hotel has a swimming pool.

Ole Caribe
Hotel
Day 2

Kamoiran

Kamoiran

Kamoiran
Days 3 - 4

Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge

Kavanayen

Kavareauven or "Cock-of the Rock" in the Pemon language is situated in the remote mission village of Kavanayen. It has 20 rooms all with private bathrooms (hot water) and fans.

Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge
Cabin
Days 5 - 6

Yakoo Lodge

Santa Elena
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Average rating 4.3 (3 ratings)

Yakoo Lodge is situated 3km outside the frontier town of Santa Elena de Uairen.  With its quiet hillside setting and natural "swimming pool", on a clear day you even have a distant view of Kukenan Tepuy.

14 ample sized rooms all with twin beds and a private bathroom (hot water) and either a Shared porch or balcony. In our opinion this is the nicest property in the Gran Sabana.

Yakoo Lodge
Days 7 - 8

Parakaupa Lodge

Canaima
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Average rating 4.7 (6 ratings)

Located at a short distance from the Laguna Canaima, the Parakaupa Lodge offers a distant view of the water falls of Laguna de Canaima from the edge of its property.

All rooms have a  private bathrooms and ceiling fans, ice makers, and mineral water.

There is  a dining room, bar and a communal living area

Parakaupa Lodge
Day 9

Ole Caribe

Macuto
rating

Average rating 4.1 (23 ratings)

Due to its convenience for Caracas airport, the coastal town of Macuto is the ideal place to stay for a positioning night. All the hotels here are rather characterless. Ole Caribe is the best of the 4* options, but nothing special. All the rooms have: Satellite TV, a/c, mini-bar, hair-dryer, security box and the hotel has a swimming pool.

Ole Caribe
Hotel