SHA-18: Eastern Venezuela Tour 7 Days
- Drive to Tacarigua National Park -
- Swimming at a Beach of Dreams in Mochima National Park -
- Visit the colonial city of Cumaná and the Guacharo Cave -
- River excursion in the Orinoco Delta -
From Barcelona to the 30 km long palm-lined beach
Day 1. Sa: (-/L/D)
In the morning we drive from Barcelona to the west along the coast. After a 1 1/2 hours drive we reach the small Village of Boca de Uchire, situated between a lagoon and the Ocean. Now we are only minutes away from the Posada where we will spent the night. In the afternoon, we go by boat in the lagoon to witness the fascinating spectacle of the hundreds of scarlet-red and snow-white ibis returning from their search for food to gather in the mangrove trees.
Note: The accommodations are double rooms with private bathrooms.
Mochima National Park
Day 2 . Su: (B/-/-)
Back in our vehicle, we drive along the coast towards Puerto La Cruz where Mochima National Park begins. Crystal-clear water and coral reefs. At various points along this hilly road, there are splendid views of the fjords of Mochima. We will drive up to the montauns where will will enjoy a 30min walk through the rain forest and coffee plantations. After a short break we go back and have lunch at familiar restaurant. After lunch we are going to visit a small coffee plantation. While sipping on a fresh brewed coffee or cocoa, we will learn somthing about the cultivation of coffee. We contiunue and have a wonderful view over the Mochima National Park passing the wonderful situated waterfall San Pedrito which cascades 30m into a natural bassin. A marvellous site to take a bath. We arrive at the village Altos de Sucre where we spend the night in wonderful located colonial style pensions. The nice garden, swimming pool and restaurant invites you to stay.
A Day at Playa Blanca Beach
Day 3. Mo: (B/-/)
Right in front of our pension are the fishing boats that take us on the 15 minute boat ride to Playa Blanca's white sands, turquoise waters, and fantastic underwater world. We have at hand everything that we may need to enjoy this beautiful place. In the afternoon, we return to our small pension after a wonderful day of sea, sand, and sun.
Note: Wooden fishing boats, equipped and licensed for tourism, make the transfers to and from the beach.
To the Longest Stalactite Cave in South America
Day 4. We: (B/L/-)
The journey continues via Cumaná to the Peninsula of Paria. Close to the village El Pilar we will visit the buffalo ranch Rio de Agua. After lunch we observe the flora and fauna of the small channels by canoa.
We continue then to drive inland through the mountains, past typical villages and small yucca, corn, and tobacco farms until we arrive at the village of Caripe. Nearby lies the famous Guacharo cave that was first explored in 1799 by Alexander von Humboldt. At dusk, we gather there to see and hear the outswarming of the shrieking, day-blind Guacharo birds (oil birds) as they begin their nightly flight. We spend the night in a simple hotel with double rooms and private bathrooms.
Note: We spend the night at a ranch in double rooms with bathrooms.
Visit the Guacharo Cave and Journey in the Orinoco Delta
Day 5. Th: (B/-/D)
Today we venture approximately 1.5 km into the Guacharo cave, accompanied by a guide. The first section has gigantic stalactites and stalagmites that have grown together over many thousands of years. The Guacharo birds make their nests in the roof of the cave and orient themselves in the darkness by ultrasound.
We leave the coastal Cordillera and drive across the prairie landscape in direction of Maturin, the most important city of petroleum industry in the eastern region, towards "Boca de Urucoa" where a waiting boat takes us along the rivers and into the heart of the delta. Typical vegetation, huge trees, monkeys, water fowl, and river dolphins are our first impressions of this region. We arrive in the afternoon after approximately 2 hours boat ride at a rustic camp that has double rooms with private bathrooms.
Excursion to the Orinoco Delta
Day 6. Fr: (B/L/D)
At the crack of dawn we travel along the river canals by boat to experience the awakening of the surrounding jungle as screeching parrots greet the day.
After a pleasant breakfast, we leave our camp and head up the Caño Manamo river. We leave the boat in a small sidearm of the river, and equipped with rubber boots, walk through the marshy jungle and learn more of the ways of life of the Warao Indians. We arrive in Tucupita in the afternoon, from where we head south by ferry across the kilometer-wide Orinoco river to Puerto Ordaz and our simple hotel accommodations with double rooms and private bathrooms.
Note: The Hotel / Residencias Tore has 24 single and double rooms with private bathrooms and showers. The facility, located in downtown Puerto Ordaz, is simple, but clean.
Day 7. Sa: (B/-/-)
After breakfast transfer to either Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolivar airport for optional connecting flight possibilities to Caracas or connection to further tours. End of our services.
* transfers and excursions as per program
* accommodations as per program
* meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
* qualified guides (English, German, Spanish)
Not included are airport tax, tips, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks in restaurants and hotels.
Number of participants : 4 - 12 people
Departure Dates 2002: monthly every first Saturday
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