Venezuela Gran Sabana
La Gran Sabana or the great plain, is a region in southeastern Venezuela. Its known for its unusual landscapes with waterfalls, gorges and savannahs. The region is dominated by unique table top formations, that the Pemon Indians called Tepuys, believed to be dwellings of their gods. Mount Roraima the highest with a 41sq km top, can be climbed in a strenuous eight-day trek. La Gran Sabana forms part of the Canaima National Park that encompasses Angel Falls.
The Gran Sabana terrain along with Amazon form the dominant rainforest terrains, that play host to an exotic myriad of flora and fauna, as well as native, tribal communities. Explore the eastern edge of this terrain from Puerto Ordaz to Santa Elena, a small, friendly town and a good base for treks to Roraima. Next fly to the centre of Canaima National Park that spreads across the south-eastern Venezuela along the border between Guyana and Brazil.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 7-DAY GRAN SABANA ADVENTURE…
And, view Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world.
The Andean mountain range traverses the Caribbean coastline and majestically frames the idyllic white, largely unspoilt, tropical beaches. The central plains are composed of endless flat grasslands, rivers and are abundant with birds and animals. The Gran Sabana is a Spanish name given to these plateaus developed in the high basin of the Orinoco River.
The Gran Sabana terrain along with Amazon form the dominant jungle and rainforest terrains, that play host to an exotic myriad of flora and fauna, as well as native, often primitive, tribal communities. You will explore the eastern edge of this terrain from Puerto Ordaz in the East to Santa Elena in the South-east. Santa Elena is a small, friendly town and a good base for exploring the Gran Sabana and treks to Roraima.
Next fly to the centre of Canaima National Park that spreads across the south-eastern Venezuela along the border between Guyana and Brazil. This location is of unsurpassed splendour – home of the highest waterfall in the world, the Angel Falls, more than 15 times higher than Niagara Falls, spectacular flat-topped mountain plateaus, known as 'tepuis', a unique bio-geological entity of great geological interest and grand, surging rivers.
From Canaima, you can either fly back to Caracas or fly directly to Margarita Island for a beach extension.
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 Gran Sabana
Puerto Ordaz, Gran Sabana, and Canaima National Park
(7 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Caracas/ Puerto Ordaz Meet and greet on arrival and assistance ted with your check-in for the flight to Puerto Ordaz. Meet and greet and private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Roraima Inn.
Day 2 – Private Transfer
Gran Sabana Take a private transfer to Gran Sabana, passing through some significant ‘Gold Rush’ towns, including El Dorado, famous for its prison camps including the one where the famous Papillon was imprisoned.
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. In the late afternoon reach the northern boundary of the mystic Gran Sabana.
Overnight at camp in Rápidos de Kamoirán (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Private Touring
Gran Sabana After breakfast we explore the Gran Sabana! We drive to the Pemon Indian village of Liworibo, and from there take a 30-minute dugout-canoe ride to beautiful Chinak Meru, the highest waterfall in the Gran Sabana. We will stop at the water holes, where we'll enjoy our picnic lunch and have time for a refreshing bath. In the afternoon return to Kaimorán.
Overnight at camp in Rápidos de Kamoirán (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Adventerous Transfer
Santa Elena (Brazilian border) Today we head south to the Brazilian border, driving along clear streams and waterfalls, through rolling savannah and forest, always accompanied by the impressive scenery of the Tepuys (table top mountains).
We will stop at the many waterfalls enroute and at view points for amazing views and picnic lunch. Then continue along shallow streams flowing over a wide bed of pure, semi-precious jasper, in sheets of glowing yellows, oranges and reds. In the afternoon we arrive at the border town of Santa Elena de Uairén.
Overnight in simple Yakoo Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Transfer
Canaima Fly to Canaima village, in the middle of Canaima National Park. Enjoy an amazing and active 2-night stay at Waku Lodge, inspired by Pemon Indian architecture, located on the banks of Canaima Lagoon.
Overnight at Waku Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Private Touring
Canaima 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 Waku Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Depart
Canaima 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.
Today you can either fly from Canaima via Puerto Ordaz to Caracas for your connecting flight back home, or you can fly directly from Canaima to Margarita Island for a beach extension.
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