Sabana # 2
/ 3 Nights
Falls, Kavak Canyon and Caurama Wilderness Camp
Venezuela at its exuberant best! This four-day adventure combines one
of Venezuela's most exciting one-day excursions with a three-day stay
at Caurama Camp, a comfortable wilderness lodge ideally located between
wildlife-rich grasslands and dense tropical rainforest. Added to this
is an close-up aerial view of the stunning Angel Falls. A spirit of adventure
is a must for this !
Day 1 - Kavak, Angel Falls
Depart Caracas on a flight south towards Venezuela's Region. After a brief
stop in Puerto Ordaz, head south to Canaima National Park, over-flying
the massive Auyan-tepui mesa. Weather permitting, you will have a bird's-eye
view of Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall, cascading 3,212 feet
into the jungle below. The falls were discovered in 1936 by Jimmy Angel,
an eccentric American bush-pilot, who was exploring the area for mineral
deposits, but ended up discovering one of the eight wonders of the world.
The plane will land at an airstrip in Kavak, where you are off on a pleasant
45 minute walk from this outpost, across grassy savannah and through thick
rainforest, taking you to one of the narrowest canyons in the world. Over
millions of years, a small river has carved a cavernous gorge where the
sun shines only briefly. Guided by local Indians, you will wade and swim
through the canyon to the hidden waterfall of Kavak. A small dugout canoe
is towed to keep cameras dry and assist non-swimmers. You will have time
to swim, take photographs and explore this lost paradise. After enjoying
a grilled lunch, return to the plane and continue on to Caurama Camp.
The camp is ideally situated in the transition zone between the flat grasslands
and the hilly Amazonas rainforest. These two fascinating worlds come together
to create a truly memorable experience for guests. Accommodations for
the next three nights are in simple rooms with ceiling fans and private
bathrooms. The homemade meals are served under an open-air portico. (B,L,D)
Days 2, 3 - Caurama Camp
While staying at the camp, you will be able to explore several biological
regions. The Caura forest reserve is home to approximately 400 different
species of birds (see our Caurama Birdlist, numerous plants and trees
such as acacias, cedars, mahogany and orchids. Close to the camp is the
Rio Sipao, which flows through the protected Rio Caura Preserve. Here
you will find abundant wildlife including toucans, fisher eagles and royal
herons. You may also catch sight of capuchin and howler monkeys.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of excursions, including
a hike to the Leona Rapids. Located in an area of primary-growth forest,
the area has several small rapids and a natural spring, where you can
take a jungle swim. At the Hacienda La Faltrisquera, located in a rocky
rainforest valley, you can observe non-Asiatic buffaloes, tapirs and hundreds
of macaws flying over head.
Taking a boat trip up the Rio Caura, you will have the chance to visit
a Makiritare Indian village, see pink river dolphins, river otters, kingfishers,
turkey vultures and numerous other flora and fauna. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Caracas
At the appropriate time, return overland on a private 3 to 4 hour transfer
to Puerto Ordaz.
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