Venezuela National Parks
This Venezuela tour features spectacular landscapes, fascinating national parks and amazing white sand beaches. On this adventure, you will experience three prominent national parks: Los Roques, Orinoco Delta and Canaima. Los Roques is one of the largest national parks in the Caribbean with expansive white sand beaches, warm azure waters and an abundance of marine flora and fauna. Activities include diving and snorkelling, and unspoilt remote beaches.
Continue to Orinoco Delta, second only to the Amazonian delta. Take paddle canoes between villages and visit the Warao Indians, who inhabit the shores of the canals in typical wooden and thatched houses. Next travel to Canaima National Park, located between the rainforest of the Amazon Basin and the watershed of the Orinoco River. visit the world's highest, and arguably most spectacular, waterfall: Angel Falls, and take an exhilarating walk behind the immense curtain of water of Sapo Falls.
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And, enjoy the sun, snorkel or dive around the Los Roques archipelago.
On this adventure you will experience three prominent national parks: Los Roques, Orinoco Delta and Canaima. Start with a relaxed stay in Los Roques, one of the largest national parks in the Caribbean with expansive white sand beaches, warm azure waters and an abundance of marine flora and fauna. Enjoy unsurpassed opportunities for diving and snorkelling, and relax on unspoilt sands of remote beaches.
Continue to the Orinoco Delta, the second largest in the American continent second only to the Amazonian delta. It is a labyrinth of canals that form impenetrable green islands which give the impression of the jungle expanding and swallowing the course of the river. In the midst of these canals, you will small paddle canoes travelling between villages and visit the Warao Indians, who inhabit the shores of the canals in typical wooden and thatched houses.
Next travel to Canaima National Park, located between the rainforest of the Amazon Basin and the watershed of the Orinoco River. It is a rugged wall of remote mountains and deep, heavily forested canyons. From here visit the world's highest, and arguably most spectacular, waterfall: Angel Falls, and take an exhilarating walk behind the immense curtain of water of Sapo Falls. End this fabulous itinerary, if you wish, on the beautiful Margarita Island.
The Avior and SBA Airlines offer direct flights to Miami but not to any other US or European destinations. European carriers such as Air France, Iberia and Air Europa operate direct flights from mainland Europe. Nearly all international visitors arrive at Caracas' Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar in Maiquetía, 26km from Caracas. The national carrier is Conviasa.
Venezuela National Parks
Los Roques, Orinoco Delta and Canaima National Park
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Caracas Arrive in Caracas and take a private transfer to your selected hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Alba.
Day 2 – Transfer
Los Roques Archipelago Early in the morning you will transfer to the airport for your 40-min flight to Gran Roque, the only inhabited island of the spectacular Archipelago Los Roques. Your baggage will be transferred to your Posada, while you head directly to the beach to board a Catamaran for a full-day excursion to the islands of the archipelago. Snorkelling equipment is available.
Overnight posada in Gran Roque (L, D)
Day 3 – Explore on a Catamaran
Los Roques Archipelago Today, continue to explore the islands of the archipelago on board a Catamaran. Drift through this South American paradise with an expert guide on-hand to introduce your senses to the array of flora and fauna found in the region. Later, enjoy a buffet dinner at your Posada.
Overnight posada in Gran Roque (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Transfer
Orinoco Delta Take a morning flight via Margarita Island, to Maturin, and then travel by boat to your camp in the Orinoco River delta. Explore its vast, intricate labyrinth of waterways which weave through the simmering jungle. The Delta carries the waters of the Orinoco River to the Atlantic Ocean and has been forming over the course of thousands of years. Visit the native inhabitants of the Delta, the Warao Indians and marvel at their cultures and traditions.
Overnight: Orinoco Delta Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Experience Warao Culture
Orinoco Delta Travel by fast boat to the most remote and primitive areas of the delta, visiting the Warao communities and enter the narrowest canals. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a fantastic jungle-walk to discover the local flora and fauna identified by your expert local guides.
Overnight: Orinoco Delta Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Transfer
Canaima National Park Today, transfer to Maturin airport, and take a flight to the Canaima National Park and stay at the beautiful Arekuna Lodge. After lunch you will explore the surrounding area. You may take advantage of the camp's kayaks or simply relax and bathe in the refreshing waters of the Caroni River.
Overnight at Arekuna Lodge (L, D)
Day 7 – Private Touring
Canaima National Park Take a morning excursion to Sapo Falls. We board a dugout canoe at Canaima beach and cross Canaima lagoon with impressive views of its seven waterfalls. After a short walk through savannah, walk behind a magnificent curtain of water of the impressive Sapo Falls! It is truly an exhilarating experience: a cliff to the right, the roaring falls to the left, and water spray everywhere. Once on the other side of the curtain, walk to the top of the falls for a wonderful view of the Tepuy landscape.
Later, return to Canaima beach to spend the afternoon at your own leisure. You may just relax at Canaima lagoon and enjoy the magical surroundings, or choose from a variety of optional excursions.
Overnight at Arekuna Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Flight over Angel Falls & Depart
Via Margarita Island Today you will take a scenic flight over the spectacular Angel Falls!
Mid-afternoon you will depart for Margarita Island where you will take your connecting flight to Caracas, or beach-stay in Margarita Island.
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
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Overview Venezuela is a country of striking natural beauty; it has the white-sand beaches in the north, the steamy Amazonian jungles in the south, ranges of the snow-capped Andean peaks in the west, and a beautiful Gran Sabana plateau, with its strange flat-topped mountain in the east.
Venezuela also has a few geographical superlatives; it has the world's highest waterfall, South America's biggest lake and the third longest river. It also has jaguars, armadillos and some of the most spectacular landscapes you'll ever see.
Although Venezuela is geographically a part of South America, it has the feel and flavour of a Caribbean country. Its vast palm fringed beaches could easily be mistaken for that of some paradisiacal Caribbean island, and at night the discos in Caracas come alive with rhythms from all over the Caribbean.
Where to go Caracas: Venezuela's capital is a city of soaring skyscrapers and crumbling shanty towns. It is also a surprisingly green city, spread along the fringes of the lush Avila National Park, and is one of Latin America's most cultured capitals, with superb modern art galleries and a thriving theatre scene.
Isla Margarita: Venezuela's prime island beach resort and one of the Caribbean's most popular budget destinations for Europeans and North Americans who want to enjoy sun and surf without seriously denting their wallets.
Islas Los Roques: A corner of paradise is how most visitors describe the archipelago of Los Roques, lying approximately 166 km north of Maiquetía, a small plane flight of about 40 minutes. With some 40 islands and cays large enough to bear names, pristine white sand beaches and crystalline waters, it is one of the country's most popular yet idyllic hideaways.
Orinoco Delta: For millennia, the world's eighth-largest river, the 2,140-km long Orinoco has surged towards the Atlantic, creating some 44 metres of new land each year. With the opening of tourist lodges in the interior of this water wonderland, visitors have a chance to observe its abundant fauna and learn about its original and principal inhabitants, the Warao people.
Angel Falls: The star attraction of Canaima National Park in the vast Gran Sabana, this is the highest (978 metres) and longest (807 metres) free drop of water in the world. The whole region draws adventure seekers, for exploration of its tannin-dyed rivers and mysterious flat-topped tepuyes (plateaus).
Mount Roraima: The biggest and most famous of the hundreds of tepuyes that dominate the horizon of the Gran Sabana in southern Venezuela. Climbers explore its labyrinthine surface, which is pitted with potholes, filled with lush carnivorous plants and bristling with age-worn rockscapes.
The Llanos: Covering nearly a third of Venezuela, from the base of the Andes to the delta of the Orinoco, the vast plains or llanos comprise enormous expanses of land occupied only by huge ranches or hatos. Some of the hatos have established ecotourism camps geared up for safaris of the region's impressive wildlife.
When to go Venezuela’s proximity to the Equator allows few climatic variations making it a year round destination. The best time however, is the dry season, which is more pleasant and runs from December to April. The wet season runs from May to November and is not all that bad for some sights, including the famous Angel Falls that are certainly more impressive in the wet season.
On the coast, there is less rain and fewer mosquitoes, if slightly higher temperatures. In the Andes, it is more difficult and uncomfortable to climb the popular snowcapped peaks in the wet season, when freezing rain and snow are frequent. In Los Llanos, wildlife spottings are much more abundant during the dry season, when the animals congregate at the few watering holes, and hordes of pesky mosquitoes make walking very unpleasant during the wet season. Travel in the Guayana region is more comfortable during the dry season, though Angel Falls tends to be fuller and therefore more spectacular during the wet season.
Venezuelans are great travellers and like to visit their friends and families during the holidays, especially during Christmas, Carnaval (days before the Ash Wednesday) and Semana Santa (Holy week before Easter Sunday). However, these periods are also colourful and entertaining. The average temperature in Venezuela is about 27C, but cooler temperatures prevail at higher elevations, especially in the Andes, where jackets are needed.
Visa Visas for Venezuela are not required by British and other EU countries, Australian and Canadian citizens. However, they require a tourist entry card, which is issued free of charge by an authorised air carrier on presentation of valid air tickets (including return or onward ticket) for stays of up to 90 days. Foreign nationals arriving by sea or land do need a visa in advance from a Venezuelan Embassy or Consulate.
For British Citizens: British nationals arriving by air, can enter Venezuela for up to 90 days on a tourist card issued on arrival. You must have a valid return ticket. If you are arriving overland, or by sea, you must get a visa in advance from your nearest Venezuelan Embassy or Consulate.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months for entry into Venezuela.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk