SHA-16: Canaima - Los Roques 6 Day
The National Park of Canaima is located at the southeast of the Bolivar State at approximately 225 km from the Orinoco River, in the area denominated "Gran Sabana". Due to the relevant and quality of its scenic and environmental resources, this area was decreed National Park on 1962 and its surface was expanded to 3 millions hectares on 1997. Has been proposed as Natural Patrimony of the Humanity by the International Union for the Preservation of the Nature.
In the great area of magnific landscapes, there are combined forest and savannas with the spectacular Tepuyes grandiose staircase landings of tubular shape with height up to 2.800 ms.. and with more than 3.500 million years of antiquity. The peculiar ecosystems at the top of the Tepuyes are inhabited by animal and vegetable species unique in the world (endemics). From one of these "The Auyantepuy" sprouts the Angel Fall, the highest water fall in the world, with 1.005 ms. height. The region is crossed by numerous rivers which more to the north and often coming down from the "Gran Sabana" feed the big hydroelectric plants. All the way through the savannas of the region there are small communities of Pemones Indians which live of agriculture, hunting, fishing, handicraft and work related with tourism.
Flight over of the Angel Falls and Excursion to the Las Babas fall
Day 1 (-/L/D)
You take an early morning flight from Porlamar to the Arekuna Camp with overflight of the Angel Falls . After arrival in the Lodge, we will take our bungalows, which are located on a small hill fifty meters far from the beaches of the Caroni river.
After lunch you undertake a first excursion by boat on the Caroni River to enjoy the magnific landscape of the sacred mountains, the Tepuyes.
After Lunch in the Camp you get to know the "Las Babas" fall, which splits the Caroni river in two. After unloading starts a walk with stops in different sight seeing spots to enjoy the visual and auditive spectacle that produce the successive water falls along 2 km.. Along the river you may also find a spectacular sandy beach bathed with the reddish waters typical of the area. After a refreshing swim and sun bath begins the return going by another path that borders the Caroni. During the dried season and due to the lower down level of the water, during the navigation it may be appreciate the carved petroplyphs that dates from the Pre-Columbian epoch. Later you visit the Community of the "Pemones" indians, that live from hunting, fishing and agriculture, fruit picking and manufacturing of the handicrafts. Dinner and overnight stay in the Lodge.
Excursion on the Antabares River
Day 2 (B/L/D)
After breakfast you start a navigation of approximately 20 minutes by the Caroni river , you will find at your left hand side the Nonoy Tepui. There you will take a walk of approximately 40 minutes, going through savannas, forests and "Morichales", until arriving to the slopes of the tepuy. There you will find a canyon where emerges the "Nonoy Meru" water fall.
The natrual pools that are located at the foot of the water fall invites you to have a bath and to relax. In the afternoon you take a walk along a small path that goes from the camp to the Antabares river. During the way you may see and hear a variety of animals typical of the area: periwigs, macaws, toucans, as well as different kinds of monkeys. You spend the night in the Arekuna Camp.
Walk through the jungle and flight to Los Roques
Day 3 (B/L/D)
We enjoy our breakfast having a wonderful view over the river. Afterwards we make a stroll through the jungle and learn more about its flora and fauna. Then we fly to our next destination the Archipelago Los Roques via Porlamar. After landing at the main island Gran Roque, we check-in at the Posada on Los Roques. All rooms provide private bathroom and fan. The afternoon is at your disposal. The typical island village invites you to get to know the life style and the the poeple who live there.
In the Caribbean Sea, at 176 km. to the north of Caracas is located the Archipelago of Los Roques, one of the largest marine national park of the Caribbean with the exceptional landscapes of white sands, multicolor waters, crystal, warm and immense environmental richness.
The Archipelago Los Roques has an extension of 221.120 hectares and is conformed by 300 islands, islet, keys and sandbanks, beside countless corralling reefs, shaping a ring that borders the main lagoon of shallow waters, with mangroves and corralling formations. The creation of the Archipelago is due to the coralling growth on a submarine rocky plateau landing that started after the last glace. The Grand Roque" island constitutes the only emerged part of this plateau and it is there where is settled the permanent population of the "Archipelago Los Roques" since 1910. The inhabitants of Los Roques, around 900, are dedicated to the artisan fishing of lobsters, snails and tropical water fishes. Moreover, they are starting to work on public service activities and every time more with the growing tourism that begins to visit the area.
Los Roques has been visited since Pre-Colombian times by the Caribbean Indians and after the discovery by the Spanish, Dutch, British and French, who went there in search of protection when there were storms, for finishing or to extract salt. The archipelago was decreed National Park the 9th of August 1997 due to its extraordinary natural resources and escenics. Thanks to this decree and to the dedication of the National Park Institute sole authority. The conservation of the ecosystem of the park is guaranteed. The touristic activity is regulated and the number of visitors is limited. It was allowed only a limited number of lodgings in the town, which should maintain the architectural type typical of the coasts and islands of the east of the country.
Excursions on sail Catamaran
Day 4. and Day 5. (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Excursion on sail Catamaran to different islands of the archipelago, after the navigation there are snorkeling and beach activities, non alcoholic drinks and lunch. Dinner and overnight stays in the Posada.
Return flight to Porlamar
Day 6 (B/-/-)
In the morning you take your return flight to Porlamar or Caracas
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Excursions may change depending on weather conditions, level of river and other circumstances.
Number of participants: 1- 12 persons
Departure Dates 2002: daily
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