Venezuela Paria Peninsula
Paria Peninsula in northern Venezuela, is a large peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. It’s characterised by beautiful beaches lined with coconut palms, forested mountains and savannahs. The seaside town of Carúpano serves as a gateway to nearby towns such as Rio Caribe, with beautiful colonial buildings. Further east, Playa Medina is the state's best, yet isolated beach with soft golden sand. Across the Gulf of Paria is the island of Trinidad & Tabago.
Travel through the vast plains of Llanos and witness a myriad of flora and fauna. Adventure into the Venezuelan Andes and admire the high plains covered in bright flowers, with shimmering lakes and villages. Explore the city of Merida, framed by the snow-capped peaks and take the world’s highest and longest cable car- the infamous Teleferico. Next to the Paria Peninsula characterised by beautiful beaches, thickly lined with swaying coconut palms and small colonial coastal towns.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY PARIA PENINSULA ADVENTURE…
And, take an excursion to Mochima National Park to see its wonderful islands.
Travel through the vast plains of Llanos, witness a myriad of flora and fauna in stunning and unspoilt settings. Adventure into the Venezuelan Andes and admire the high plains covered in bright flowers, decorated with shimmering lakes and villages. Explore the city of Merida, framed by the snow-capped peaks of the ‘Five White Eagles’ and take the world’s highest and longest cable car- the infamous Teleferico.
Later, travel to the Paria Peninsula characterised by beautiful beaches and thickly lined with swaying coconut palms. The area is known for its varied terrain; from mountains and beaches to forests and savannahs. And its buffalo farms, small colonial coastal towns, and cacao plantations, which for hundreds of years where the wealth of Paria.
Its beauty consists mainly on the contrast between the clear emerald waters and the dense vegetation that surrounds it. Many consider it a beautiful site for boat rides as its calm waters make it pleasant to sail and soak in all the beaches around it.
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 Paria Peninsula
The Andes, The Llanos, Paria Peninsula
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Caracas Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Alba Caracas Category: 4 star.
Day 2 – Transfer
Llanos Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Barinas. After a reception at the airport, transfer to a working ranch, where you will be warmly welcomed by the Concha family. Here you will enjoy morning and afternoon animal-watching excursions in open trucks, by boat, or on foot
Overnight: Hato Cristero (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Working of a Ranch
Llanos Take a full day experience of watching animals and gain insight into the real working of a ranch. The area of Llanos that runs between Colombia and Venezuela is one of the world’s richest tropical grasslands. This is a “cowboy country” with vast plains through which the mighty Orinoco River flows through the heart of its landscape. It passes through dry forests, grasslands, and plains – that it floods seasonally – before it disperses into a river delta of swamp forests and coastal mangroves as it approaches the Atlantic.
There are over 300 species of birds (including scarlet ibis, hoatzin, screamers, soldier storks, spoonbills and many more) and jaguars, ocelots, anteaters, honey bears, capybaras and alligators, in an environment still relatively undisturbed by man.
Overnight: Hato Cristero (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Transfer
Hato in Andes Today we drive through the Santo Domingo valley, into the Venezuelan Andes. Along the way, we stop at points of interest to take in the landscapes. This is a wonderful panoramic drive until you arrive at a working coffee hacienda in Hato.
Overnight: Estancia Mucunuy (B, D)
Day 5 – Optional Activities
Hato in Andes Explore the beautiful town of Merida, known for its Spanish colonial architecture, its parks and squares, and as a base for outdoor activities in the nearby Sierra Nevada and Sierra La Culata national parks. Take a guided tour to local villages, to the coffee and sugar cane plantation or to the Páramos.
Overnight: Estancia Mucunuy (B, D)
Day 6 & 7 – Transfer
Paria Peninsula North Transfer to the Merida airport, for your flight to Caracas, and connecting flight to Carupano, a city in the eastern Venezuelan Caribbean coast. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your Hacienda, a working buffalo ranch, where you will be welcomed by its owner Klaus Mueller.
Next day explore with Klaus the ranch and surroundings.
Overnight: Hacienda Vuelta Larga (B, L, D)
Day 8 & 9 – Beach Activities
Paria Peninsula South After breakfast we will take an excursion into the northern Orinoco Delta, where we will navigate its channels on dugout canoes. Then drive to Posada Playa de Uva for 2-night stay.
Enjoy the beautiful beach of Playa de Uva, for a day of sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. You can have a delicious seafood lunch on the beach.
Overnight: Posada Playa de Uva (B, D)
Day 10 & 11 – Beach Activities
Mochima National Park Travel to Mochima National Park (4-hour drive). You will stay for the next 2 nights at beautiful Villa Majagual. The beautiful accommodation has a small private dock with kayaks and pedal boats available to hire. The area is ideal for snorkelling and as a base for visiting the beaches of Mochima National Park.
A day to relax or take part in an optional excursion (snorkelling in Mochima National Park; driving along the Humboldt Route or explore the old town of Cumana).
Overnight: Villa Majagual: (B, L, D)
Day 12 – Depart
Caracas We drive to Cumana or Barcelona airport, for our flight to Caracas. (B)
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