Venezuela Family Adventure
This family holiday in Venezuela experiences a wide variety of terrain and adventure. Venezuela is a country of contrasts; from the jagged, snow-capped Andean mountains to Spanish colonial towns. After a comprehensive tour of Caracas, travel northeast into the Orinoco Delta, second only to the Amazon. The Orinoco basin is a labyrinth of canals through forests, inhabited by Warao Indians who live in thatched houses, built in stitches over the water.
Continue south, through the gold-mining town of El Dorado and the infamous Papillion, to the rainforests of Canaima National Park. Take a flight over the majestic Angel Falls, one of the seven natural wonders. Choroní village, west of Caracas has pastel-painted houses of colonial times, now restored as guesthouses. In the neighbouring fishing village of Puerto Colombia are palm-lined beaches, some of the most stunningly beautiful in the country. It makes a perfect place to end a family holiday in Venezuela.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY VENEZUELA FAMILY FUN HOLIDAY…
And, stay in Choroní village with fine sand beaches backed by coconut trees.
Start in Orinoco is 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 may see small paddle canoes travelling between villages. You may also visit the Warao Indians, who inhabit the shores of the canals in typical wooden and thatched houses built in stitches over the water.
Continue south, through the old gold-mining towns and the infamous El Dorado, reminiscence of the ‘gold rush’ and the infamous Papillon. Marvel at the landscapes of mountains, waterfalls and savanna before journeying on to the rainforests of Canaima National Park. Take a flight over the majestic Angel Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, to then end the exotic adventure in the tropical setting of Choroni.
Choroní village sits between the Caribbean and the mountainous cloud forests of Henri Pittier National Park, west of Caracas. Its pastel-painted houses of colonial times are now restored and made into guesthouses - with some chic new ones of excellent quality. In the neighbouring fishing village of Puerto Colombia are palm tree-lined beaches, some of the most stunningly beautiful in the country.
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 Family Adventure
Caracas, Orinoco River Delta, Gran Sabana, Canaima National Park
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Caracas Arrive to Maiquetia International Airport. After a reception, transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 – Transfer
Orinoco River Delta Depart by flight to Maturín. On arrival meet your guide travel by boat Orinoco Delta.
Overnight: Orinoco Delta Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Explore
Orinoco River Delta Travel by fast boat to the most remote and primitive areas of the delta with various breaks to visit the Warao communities Indian communities who inhabit the shores of the canals in typical wooden and thatched houses built in stitches over the water. 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 4 – Transfer
Ciudad Bolivar This morning enjoy a boat and road transfer and to Ciudad Bolivar, on the banks of the Orinoco River. Explore the streets of the historic city centre, and admire the city’s colonial past that is well-preserved in its cobblestone streets and architecture.
Overnight: Posada Casa Grande (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Explore with Private Guide
Gran Sabana With your private guide, depart in a 4x4 vehicle to La Gran Sabana. En-route, we will pass through old gold mining towns and cross rivers that were believed to be invaded by electric eel. It was one of the reasons that El Dorado, one of the maximum security prisons was built here and yet from which the famous Papillon escaped.
On approach to the Gran Sabana, the vegetation will suddenly change from a dense clutch of vegetation to the great plains of the “The Lost World”, as coined by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We will continue to our camp for overnight stay.
Overnight: Chivaton Camp (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Experience Local Culture
Gran Sabana In the morning, visit the Indigenous communities and explore the surrounding forest and waterfalls.
After lunch, we will continue to Santa Elena de Uairén, and along the way admire the savanna - a green tapestry interrupted by Moriche or Kuai palms, of great economical importance to the local Pemon community; for making hammocks, baskets and roofs from the fibres; doors and bridges from the wood and flour from the marrow.
Even more charming is the picturesque setting- glimpse the magical tepuys, meaning “mountain” in Pemon, and the Kama Merú waterfall- one of the most beautiful in the Gran Sabana. And from the Nak’piapo view point, you will enjoy the imposing view with several tepuys in the skyline. Continue to Santa Elena de Uairén, next to Brazil, and stay overnight in a simple lodge.
Overnight: Ya-koo Camp in Santa Elena (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Private Transfer
Canaima National Park Take a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Canaima. Upon arrival, transfer to your lodge.
After lunch, enjoy a fabulous excursion in a local motor canoe, along the Canaima lagoon. Visitors are struck by the immense beauty of the Angel Falls, named after its discoverer the pilot Jimmy Angel. The water and surface foam in the neighbouring rivers and lagoons are usually pink, a phenomenon generated by the presence of tannin, an organic acid produced by vegetation decomposing under the sun.
Overnight: Tapuy Lodge or similar (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Optional Activities
Canaima National Park Today is free for your individual activities with an optional tour to the base of the Angel Falls, Orchid Island, Kavak or Salto El Sapo, all of which are highly recommended.
Overnight: Tapuy Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Angel Falls Flight & Transfer
Caracas/ Choroni Transfer to the airport for your optional flight over the Angel Falls, which at 979 meters high is considered the world’s tallest waterfall. The sound of the water falling from Cañón del Diablo and the surrounding forest make this one of the most fascinating spots in Venezuela!
Later, return to Canaima and fly to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz. Upon arrival, transfer by car to Choroni, crossing semi arid forests and evergreen rainforests in the Henri Pittier National Park.
After a four hour trip, check-in to your Posada. (B, D)
Days 10 & 11 – Optional Excursions
Choroni Enjoy free days to enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful country. Choose from a variety of optional excursions- a visit to the cocoa plantation in Chuao, or a boat trip to the magnificent beaches, are highly recommended. (B, D)
Day 12 – Depart
Caracas After breakfast, depart by Car to Caracas. Transfer to your hotel or connect with your onward flight. (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