SHA-20: Three Highlights
Airsafari Tour 7 Days
Airsafari Delta del Orinoco - Canaima National Park - Los Roques
-River excursion on the Orinoco river-
-visit of Indian communities and wildlive watching-
-Flight over Canaima with overflight of the "Angel Falls"-
-Daytrip to Kavak Cavern-
-Flight to the Archipel "Los Roques" -
Arrival at the Orinoco delta and visit of the Bird Island
Day 1. (-/L/D)
From Porlamar we start early in the morning and fly to Tucupita, located in the east of Venezuela. Reception and transfer to the embarking place. After a 1 1/2 h trip by boat we reach the Camp Orinoko Lodge , guided through the labyrinth and small channels of the Orinoco delta passing the small communities of the native people living in small hut at the shore of the river, through the dense flora and fauna of the jungle. You are welcomed the Camp and check-in your rooms which provide private bathrooms and mosquito net. Then we travel by boat through the canyons of the Orinoko Delta and experience the sunset in the tropical jungle. Dinner and Overnight stay in the Camp.
The Orinoco Delta is one of the biggest delta regions of the world, covering 40,240 square kilometers of swampy surfaces and multiple streams that end up in the Atlantic ocean. In the area, thanks to the junction of the waters of the Caroni river, with the giant load of nutrients that it brings all along its run, and the salty waters of the Atlantic ocean there exist a dense forest vegetation denoted for its typical mangroves of our coasts. This rich atmosphere is inhabited by an abundant and varied tropical fauna constituted among monkeys, "Capuchinos" monkeys, araguatos, alligators, iguanas, water snakes, water dogs and fishes like the piranhas.
The main inhabitants of this region are the Waraos Indians, that form small communities at the borders of the "caños", where they built their palafite housing. These natives are still living as their ancestral and they are dedicated to the fishing, hunting, fruit collection and artisan work as hammocks, baskets and wood made figures, world famous due to its beauty and quality.
Towards the east and near the Atlantic you will find small fishing villages and to the west, near the capital of the state, from where the streams separate from the plentiful Orinoco, there are small agrarian and cattle communities. Even though the intense traffic of ships proceeding from the Orinoco loaded with iron and bauxite, this remains one of the most virgin areas of Venezuela.
Wildlife watching and Excursions in the Delta of Orinoco
Day 2. (B/L/-)
Early in the morning just after sunrise you will navigate by the caños appreciating the thick forest vegetation prevailing in this area and observing the typical fauna of the region. After having breakfast in the Camp you start an excursion of Artisan Fishing of Piranha.
It is done from a boat with a cane made of the tender trunk of the moriche palm. The fishing is baited with a piece of beef meat and making light movements in the water. You also visit the Community of the Warao Indians to appreciate their way of living, housing and buy the typical handicrafts of the region. In the afternoon navigation to San José de Bujas and transfer to Maturin where we take our flight to Porlamar. You spend the night in the Hotel Hilton Margarita.
Over Flight of the Angel Falls and Excursion to the Antabares River
Day 3. (B/L/D)
You take an early morning flight with an 5 seat propeller plane to Canaima with over flight of the Angel Falls . After arrival to our Lodge which is situated on the oscine of the Canaima black water Lagoon. In Canaima, where the Carrao river falls down into the lagoon with its seven cascades. We'll see this spectacle by near when we drive by boat nearly of this waterfalls. After a little walk through the jungle we'll have an enchanting experience, visiting the Salto Sapo. This is a small waterfall which lets us cross behind the curtain of water and gathers into a black lake. Overnight in a nice Lodge with private atmosphere and tasteful food.
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 magnified 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 3.5 million years of antiquity. The peculiar ecosystems at the top of the Tepuyes are inhabited by animal and vegetable species unique in the world (endemic). 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 the Auyantepui & Angel Fall/ Visit of the Kavak Cavern
Day 4.: (B/L/D)
Today a spectacular excursion with a propeller-driven DC 3 airplane awaits us. We fly up the Carrao River and enter into the "Cañon del Diabolo" (Devil's Canon). We pass the steep cliff walls of the 2700 m high Auyantepui; below there is the Churún River, which gets its waters from the table-top-mountain. At the end of the canon we see, if weather permitting , the "Salto Angel", which is with almost 1000 m the longest free-falling waterfall in the world.
During the dry season especially the surface, with 700 sq. km, of the table-top-mountain is impressing, while during the rainy season (with good view and a lot of water) the Salto Angel is the absolute highlight.
We continue on and land on the base of the Auyantepui, in the small Indian village "Kavak". The village, built up in the typical style, is the ideal place for a small walk to the Kavak-Cavern. A narrow path takes us to the high-walled gorge, and the last part of the way we must swim. After about 20 minutes we arrive at the end of the gorge, where a glorious 20 m high waterfall plunges in the pool below. In the afternoon we fly back to our Lodge in Canaima.
Lagoon of Canaima and flight to Los Roques
Day 5. (B/L/D)
After breakfast flight or navigation to the Canaima Lagoon, where you will take a ride to the lagoon visiting the water falls that fall into the Lagoon from the Carrao river. Return flight to Porlamar in the afternoon and connection flight to Los Roques. Check-in at the typical nice Hostel/Posada on Los Roques
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 sand banks, 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 corralling growth on a submarine rocky plateau landing that started after the last glacé. 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 tourist 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 6. (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Excursion on fisher boat to different islands of the archipelago, after the navigation there are snorkeling and beach activities, non alcoholic drinks and lunch. Dinner an overnight stays in the Posada.
Return flight to Porlamar
Day 7: (B/-/-)
In the morning you take your return flight to Porlamar or Caracas
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Duration of the tour: 7 days.
Number of participants: from 2 persons.
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