Los Roques National Park is a Venezuelan archipelago, located 160km north of La Guaira, in the Caribbean Sea. It’s made up of more than 350 islands, cays and Islets set in an oval shape around a shallow central lagoon. It’s protected by two barrier reefs that run north-south protecting the archipelago from eastern currents and another that runs east-west. The park is renowned for its isolated, white-sand beaches, diving, windsurfing, fishing and sailing.
Beginning in the vibrant capital of Caracas, travel to Orinoco Delta. Traverse the tropical waters on a boat and visit Indian settlements of the Waraos. From Puerto Ordaz, journey through the old gold mining villages into the fascinating Gran Sabana, where the legendary ‘tepuis’ create alluring landscapes. In Canaima National Park, view the spectacular Angel Falls. Finally, end tour in the magical archipelago of Los Roques National Park and relax on its white sand beaches.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY VENEZUELA JOURNEY…
And, travel across the great plains of the “The Lost World”.
Caracas, Orinoco River Delta, Gran Sabana, Canaima and Los Roques National Parks
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Caracas Arrive in Maiquetia International Airport. Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 – Transfer
Orinoco River Delta Depart by flight to Maturín and meet with your guide. Then travel by boat to our camp in the Orinoco River Delta. The 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.
Overnight: Orinoco Delta Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Experience Local Communities
Orinoco River Delta Today is assigned for invigorating activities in the delta. Navigate via fast boat through the most remote and primitive areas of the Orinoco, and take various breaks to visit the Warao communities, walk in the jungle, discover the local flora and fauna and to adventure along the narrowest canals.
Overnight: Orinoco Delta Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Transfer
Puerto Ordaz After breakfast take a canoe trip around the camp and attempt a spot of piranha fishing.
Transfer by boat to Boca de Uracoa and then travel by car to Maturín.
Depart by flight to Caracas. (B)
Day 5 – Transfer
Gran Sabana Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Ordaz. Meet with our guide and 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 reasons; the maximum security prison of El Dorado was built there and from where 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 on to our camp for overnight stay.
Overnight: In a simple lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Explore Tepuys & Savannas
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 – Ancient Towns
Gran Sabana Enjoy a brief exploration of the town of Santa Elena de Uairén, followed by visit to gorgeous waterfalls and visit the Indigenous community of San Francisco de Yuruaní. Then to Suruape waterfall for a refreshing and relaxing natural hydro massage.
After lunch, spend some time at the Piscina de Pacheco waterfall, then return to our camp.
Overnight: Ya-koo Camp (B, L, D)
Day 8 – 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 9 – Optional Private Touring
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 10 – Transfer
Los Roques National Park Private transfer to the airport for an optional flight over the Angel Falls, which at 979m high is considered the world’s tallest waterfall and has been nominated as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The sound of the water falling and the surrounding forest make it one of the most fascinating spots in Venezuela! Later, return to Canaima for your flight to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz.
Upon arrival take your flight to Los Roques and transfer to your Posada.
Overnight: Posada Piano y Papaya or similar (B, L, D)
Days 11 & 12 – Explore Neighbouring Islands
Los Roques National Park These two days are completely dedicated to excursions to the neighbouring islands (Fransisqui & Madrisqui).
Trips to other islands in the archipelago or sports activities such as diving, snorkelling and windsurfing can also be organised.
Overnight: Posada Piano y Papaya or similar (B, D)
Day 13 – Depart
Caracas After breakfast, depart by flight to Caracas. Upon arrival, meet your guide for airport assistance to connect with your onward flight. (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There 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.
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 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.
In Los Llanos, wildlife spotting is 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. Also Guayana region is more comfortable during this dry season, though Angel Falls tends to be fuller and more spectacular during the wet season.