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.
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)
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.