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'West Coast Discovery'

Itinerary map for Venezuela 'West Coast Discovery' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Macuto
  • 2 Coro
  • 3 Coro
  • 4 Coro
  • 5 Paraguana
  • 6 Paraguana
  • 7 Coro
  • 8 Coro
  • 9 Morrocoy
  • 10 Choroní
  • 11 Choroní
  • 12 Choroní
  • 13 Choroní
  • 14 Caracas
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'West Coast Discovery'

DAY 1

Caracas

Met at the airport on arrival, stay in Macuto.

DAY 2
LD

to Paraguaná Peninsula & Dunes

Early morning flight to El Vigia in western Venezuela, where you will be met on arrival by your English speaking local guide and explore the arid Paraguaná Peninsula. Inland the landscape is scrubby and dry, aloe vera is one of the few crops. There is a scattering of small villages, such as Pueblo Nuevo with its quaint church. Artisans make rocking chairs from cactus wood, and adobe mud bricks bake dry in the sun.There are salt flats where flamingos and scarlet ibis are seen. You then take the road along the isthmus of shifting sand-dunes to the mainland coast. Here you stay for four nights at a mid-range, beachside guesthouse on a Coconut plantation while exploring the area.

DAY 3
BLD

Coro

This morning you visit the photogenic streets in the historic part of Coro, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including lunch. In the afternoon visit the Botanical Garden with its collection of xerophytic plants, then the artist community of Tara Tara and the nearby archaeological museum and excavation site of Taima Taima. You could take a walk with your guide in this fascinating arid landscape, perhaps to see some petroglyphs, or to a lighthouse. You could also visit local artists, potters, stone carvers, and weavers in studios in the village.

DAY 4
BD

Relaxing by the coast on a Coconut Plantation

A free day for relaxation by the lodge’s swimming pool, or at the beach on this coconut plantation.

DAY 5
BLD

Sierra de San Luis mountains

A completely different day, exploring the Sierra San Luis mountains. Driving with your guide into the hills, the air becomes fresher and the vegetation more lush with ferns, palms, orchids and impatiens. Oranges and organic coffee are grown here, and you may see coffee beans drying in the sun by (and sometimes on) the road. Take a walk along a part of an attractive old Spanish ‘royal road’ through forest to limestone caves. You can scramble into a large cavern where there are impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

DAY 6
BLD

Morrocoy marine national park

Drive along the coast to a posada with hilltop views across the mangrove-fringed lagoons and coral islands of the Morrocoy marine national park. In the afternoon take a boat to the islands where soft white sands meet calm blue green water. Return to the posada for some wonderful home cooking.

DAY 7
BD

Free day in the Morrocoy area, the hotel can arrange for you to have another boat trip out to the coral islands if you wish (at additional cost locally)

DAY 8
B

Choroní - cloudforest at the coast

Today you will be transferred from Morrocoy, through the beautiful coastal cloud forest of the Henri Pittier National Park, to Choroní. Here you stay for three nights at an attractive mid-range posada with pool in a country setting mid way between the small town of Choroni and the fishing village of Puerto Colombia.

DAY 9
B

Free day to do excursions. From your posada you can walk into the village of Puerto Colombia and its beach, or take a fishing boat to one of the nearby beaches that can only be reached from the sea. Excursions available locally at extra cost include walks in the forest and a trip by boat and on foot to a cacao farm.

DAY 10
B

Second free day for relaxation by the hotel's pool or for local excursions

DAY 11
B

Caracas

You are collected in the morning for the drive to Caracas airport (4hrs) in time for your chosen onwards flight.

Guide prices for 'West Coast Discovery'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Guide Price 2 people sharing £1,175
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Venezuela
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • ll excursions described below with a private English speaking local guide
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 'West Coast 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.

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Seasonal information for 'West Coast Discovery'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Macuto 28°C rainfall 58mm
2 Coro 31°C rainfall 25mm
3 Coro 31°C rainfall 25mm
4 Coro 31°C rainfall 25mm
5 Paraguana 31°C rainfall 19mm
6 Paraguana 31°C rainfall 19mm
7 Coro 31°C rainfall 25mm
8 Coro 31°C rainfall 25mm
9 Morrocoy 29°C rainfall 71mm
10 Choroní 28°C rainfall 32mm
11 Choroní 28°C rainfall 32mm
12 Choroní 28°C rainfall 32mm
13 Choroní 28°C rainfall 32mm
14 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 'West Coast Discovery'

Day 1

Ole Caribe

Macuto
rating

Average rating 4.1 (24 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
Days 2 - 5

Granja el Ojito

beach, 40km from Coro

A sensible choice for a beach front stay on the coast of Falcon State.  Situated 24 miles east of the historic town of Coro. This mid-range posada has a lovely setting amid an old coconut plantation. It is a 3 minute stroll through the tall palm trees to reach the sands.

There are 12 clean, simple bedrooms all with private bathroom, central air conditioning, TV and telephone with a private terrace area facing the palms and the sea. There is an open-air restaurant, bar, swimming pool and tennis court. Free Wifi. We recommend guests stay on a half-board basis.

The owners offer a number of interesting excursions at extra cost so that you can explore the local area inc. Coro, the Paraguana Peninsula, the Sierra de San Luis, Sand dunes and Taima-Taima.

Granja el Ojito
Exterior
Days 6 - 7

Posada El Solar de la Luna

Morrocoy
rating

Average rating 4.5 (2 ratings)

Posada El Solar de la Luna has a beautiful hilltop setting with a view over the coast across the mangrove-fringed lagoons and coral islands of the Morrocoy marine national park.

Posada El Solar de la Luna
Exterior
Days 8 - 10

Posada Las Garcia

Choroni
rating

Average rating 5.0 (5 ratings)

Posada Casa de las Garcia is a restored colonial house, and was originally part of a cocoa-producing hacienda. It has a lovely flower-filled courtyard garden and a swimming pool.  The 15 rooms have private bathrooms, ceiling fans and a/c and antique furnishings.

The posada has a tranquil, country setting between the seafront village of Puerto Colombia & Choroni. It is a 15 minute walk to the village of Puerto Colombia where there are bars and restaurants and from where  fishermen offer boat transfers to beaches which can only be accessed from the sea.  Or you can walk via the village to the broad local beach. Candle lit dinners can be served in the garden (pre-book locally).

Posada  Las Garcia
Hotel