Adventure in the Lost World
In this regional tour visitors will have the opportunity to take in the mysterious tepuis (table-top mountains) that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write “The Lost World”. These formations are some of the oldest on the planet and they are found in the tropical surroundings of Canaima National Park (home to Angel Falls). This area is virtually untouched and its continued protection ensures its sustainability for future generations.
CARACAS – PUERTO ORDAZ – PARAITEPUI – RORAIMA – EL SAPO FALL – ANGEL FALL
Day 1: Caracas
We will meet you on arrival at Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, and transfer you to a hotel close to the airport where you will spend the night. We will also give you all the necessary documents, including air tickets and vouchers. Overnight at Hotel Miramar Suites.
Day 2: Flight Caracas – Puerto Ordaz.
This morning we will transfer you from your hotel to the domestic airport for your flight to Puerto Ordaz. On arrival you will be taken in a 4×4 vehicle to the small village of Paraitepui where you can enjoy the impressive views of the savannah and waterfalls and spend the night camping. (7-8 hrs travel by road). Meals: L, D
Day 3: Paraitepui – Military Camp.
We set off on our hike accompanied by our Taurepan porters who use woven baskets to carry the luggage. The main indigenous Pemon tribes here are the Arekuna and the Kamarakoto, who each have their own dialect.
We set up camp close to the Tek River (11km) after around 4 hours hiking across the savannah. Directly in front of us you will be able to see the vast, symmetrical bulk of Roraima whose peak, at 2,723m above sea level, rises up over the Llanos. To the north of the plateau is the 2,650m high neighbouring tepui of El Kukenan and in the distance three more tepuis dominate the skyline. We also cross the Tek River and then El Kukenan which is much larger and around 40m wide. Our guides must judge the height of the river when we cross it.
Halfway to our base camp we come to a wide and sloping area of black rocks covered with lichen where you can make out various types of lizards and Rufous-collared sparrows. Our camp is in a deserted military post and its position at around 1,000m means you can have a refreshing dip in the river. We will camp throughout our journey across the tepui. (6-7 hrs hiking). Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Military camp – Roraima summit.
At daybreak we will enjoy our first view of Roraima tepui and the significance of its many local names, such as Magnificent, Ever Fruitful, Mother of Streams, will become apparent; her waters feed three river systems, the Amazon, the Orinoco and the Esequibo. We will pass through a beautiful cloud forest covered in thick vegetation where we can see close up the huge diversity of plants surrounding us, such as bromelias, tree ferns, mosses, heliconias and much more. We climb a narrow slope which runs from right to left across the cliff face, providing easy access to the summit. The British explorer, Everard Imthurn, discovered the route in 1887. When we reach the summit we will have an astounding view of the savannah stretching out below us. We climb up to our camp on the top of the tepui (2,723m), tucked under a rocky ledge which will protect us from the strong winds, the constant showers and the cold temperature, which can get as low as 5ºC at night. This type of cave is called a hotel by the guides. We will spend some time exploring the black rocky scenery surrounding the camp. (5hr excursion). Meals: (B, L, D)
Day 5: Roraima summit.
We will spend all day exploring the fantasy world on the tepui and the tripoint where Venezuela, Brazil and the disputed area of Guyana Esequibo meet.
We will explore the valley of crystals, and the fascinating life on the summit of Roraima. Your attention will be drawn by the unique animals and plants, like the toads that roll into a ball to get away from danger. The countryside is as intriguing: the rain and the wind constantly work away to form enormous rock sculptures; stones the size of a house balance precariously on slender columns; arches and pillars form natural bridges that cross deep chasms. Everywhere you look you will see black lichen encrusting the surface of the rocks. After eating enjoy the night sky where the Southern Cross will be our companion, just like the stars and constellations of the northern hemisphere. (7-8 hrs hiking). Meals: B, L, D
Day 6: The summit – Tek River.
After a restful night, you will walk back down to the savannah and lunch at the base of Roraima surrounded by huge rocks which form a steep slope. We then cross the Tek and Kukenan rivers and continue to base camp. (6 hrs walking). Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Tek River camp – Paraitepui – Santa Elena.
After our last meal on the trek we set off towards Paraitepui, 4 hours away, where we are met by the 4×4 vehicles which will take us to Santa Elena arriving at around 1600hrs. We will spend the night in the delightful eco-camp where we will enjoy a welcome meal. (4 hrs walking; 3 hrs by 4×4).Overnight at Ecological Camp YaKoo . Meals: B, L, D
Day 8: El Sapo Fall.
At the Canaima Airport you will be met at the airport by our representatives and then transferred to Campamento Parakaupa (Jungle lodge), situated on the pink sandy shores of Canaima Lagoon with its spectacular views. After your welcome lunch and cocktail, the excursion begins! We shove off from the sandy pink beaches of the Canaima Lagoon, to tour this enchanting area, bringing us so close to the raging falls (Hacha, Golondrina, Guadaima & Ucaima) that we can feel their refreshing mist. The dramatic scenery provides for some of the best photo opportunities in the park.
We will reach the other side of the lagoon and disembark in Puerto Hacha to take a 20 minutes walk to the entrance of El Sapo fall; we will pass behind its impressive curtain of water, and continue to El Sapito fall to enjoy the beautiful scenery. After the tour we will head back to the Camp for a delicious dinner. For the evening you’ll have the opportunity for a relaxing rest on our patio with views to the Lagoon and the joy to contemplate the grandness of the Southern Hemisphere’s nighttime sky. Lodging is in double rooms with private bath. Meals: L, D
Day 9: Full day Angel Fall.
This trip is an adventure and the weather can change, so it is recommended to wear waterproof jacket, sun block, and comfortable and warm clothes for the morning. Bring also a bathing suit, sport shoes, extra clothing and camera. We get up at 04h: 30, and once we are ready, we will enjoy a delicious coffee and biscuits.
We will leave the camp in a jeep for about 15 minutes to reach the Mayupa Rapids. To avoid them, we will disembark and walk for half an hour to get to the other shore, where we will embark again to continue to navigate upstream to the Pozo de la Felicidad (Well of Happiness) and Isla La Orquídea (Orchid Island) where we stop for breakfast.
Then, we will continue the trip to enjoy the wonderful scenery along the Auyantepuy by exciting rapids of the Churun River to reach Isla Ratoncito (Little Mouse Island), from where we can begin to enjoy the wonderful and spectacular Angel Falls. As we prepare lunch, those wishing, may make a walk through a difficult and hard path (1 to 1 ½ hour going up and the same time to return) to reach the Mirador Laime, the nearest accessible point to Angel Falls. We return to the shelter to enjoy a delicious lunch, and after a short break, we will return to Camp. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10: Overflight to the Angel Fall (This will always depend on the weather conditions).
Flight Barinas – Caracas. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Miramar Suites. Meals:B
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