'The Natural Life'

Itinerary map for Venezuela 'The Natural Life' holiday


  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Caripe
  • 2 Paria
  • 3 Paria
  • 4 Paria
  • 5 Paria
  • 6 Paria
  • 7 Paria
  • 8 Paria
  • 9 Caracas
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'The Natural Life'


to Caripe - exodus of the Oilbirds

You will be collected from Ciudad Bolivar/Puerto Ordaz/Orinoco Delta dock 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.


Humboldt Cave & water buffalo ranch

a.m. return to walk inside the massive Humboldt's Cave. Explore inside to see most Oilbirds fast asleep on their ledges, while others shriek noisily. p.m. drive to Finca Vuelta Larga on the Paria Peninsula where you stay for 2 nights a working water buffalo ranch.


wildlife viewing

A full day based at 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.


thermal pools & coconut beach

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 relax at your new beachside lodge on a former coconut plantation, this is your base for two nights.


Playa Medina beach

Transfer to one of Venezuela's loveliest local beaches for the day.


chocolate farm visit and Cumana

Learn about the process of cacao cultivation and chocolate production at a local village micro-business and explore the small fishing town of Rio Caribe where you have lunch, then continue along the Northeast coast to the city of Cumana where you spend the night in a characterful posada near to the cathedral.


to Mochima National Park

Visit the Mochima National Park taking a boat ride out to the uninhabited islands which have golden sandy beaches. The water here is profoundly deep and in seasons whales can be spotted here with their calves. Stay at a small hotel perched on a bluff above the village of Mochima for two nights.


off-shore island beaches

Return visit to an island within the marine national park for relaxation with a cool box of refreshments, sun umbrella and beach chairs. Snorkeling and diving opportunities are available locally at additional cost


to Caracas

Transfer to Cumana airport for a flight to Caracas. Fly Cumana/Caracas 13.15/14.00 (X6) in good time for onwards international flights home.

Guide prices for 'The Natural Life'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Guide Price £1,750
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

Customer reviews for 'The Natural Life'

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Seasonal information for 'The Natural Life'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Caripe 23°C rainfall 76mm
2 Paria 30°C rainfall 50mm
3 Paria 30°C rainfall 50mm
4 Paria 30°C rainfall 50mm
5 Paria 30°C rainfall 50mm
6 Paria 30°C rainfall 50mm
7 Paria 30°C rainfall 50mm
8 Paria 30°C rainfall 50mm
9 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 'The Natural Life'

Day 1

Finca La Cuchilla, Caripe

Finca La Cuchilla, Caripe
Days 2 - 3

Finca Vuelta Larga

El Pilar

Average rating 5.0 (1 ratings)

Finca Vuelta Larga is an ecological Waterbuffalo farm and a great location for birdwatchers.  The ranch is owned and operated by Klaus Muller and birding excursions are conducted by his son Daniel.



Finca Vuelta Larga
Day 5

Playa de Uva

at beach

Playa de Uva
Day 6

Posada Bubulina, Cumana

Cumaná town

Posada Bubulina, Cumana
Days 7 - 8

Mochima Lodge


Mochima Lodge