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Gran Sabana # 3
7 Days / 6 Nights
Canaima, Devils Canyon Auyantepui, Angel Falls
(6 days/5 nights available on request)

For the truly adventurous, journeying to the base of 3,212-foot Angel Falls offers the experience of a lifetime. Travelling on scenic rivers, your motorized dugout canoe winds past vast savannahs, jungles and table-topped tepuis. Overnight lodging on the rivers is in rustic shelters, with hammocks for sleeping.
Note: This expedition normally operates only from June through October according to seasonal fluctuations in river levels.

Day 1 Saturday - US / Caracas

Welcome to Venezuela! Upon arrival at Caracas' Simon Bolivar International Airport, you will claim your luggage and clear immigrations and customs. You will be then be met and assisted by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel. Currency exchange is available in the airport lobby.
Venezuela ("Little Venice" in Spanish) was inhabited mostly by Carib and Arawak Indians before the Spaniards landed here in 1498 on Columbus' third voyage. The first permanent settlement was established at Cumana in 1520. The country was relatively poor and predominantly agrarian until 1914 when oil was discovered near Maracaibo. Caracas (elevation 3,105 ft) was founded in 1567 and has become the fastest growing capital in Latin America since World War II.
Overnight accommodations at Hotel Caracas Hilton, includes continental breakfast served in the Tower Lounge. The Hilton is located at the city's center and is within minutes from the city's cultural and commercial districts. The Hilton offers tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a health club with gym, sauna, and massage. Dining options include three restaurants, a lobby lounge, sushi bar and a gourmet bar.

Day 2
Sunday - Caracas / Canaima
Hotel pickup and transfer this morning to Caracas' national airport. Pay domestic airport tax (approximately $1 US) and check in for your flight.
Upon arrival in Canaima, pay National Park fee (about $10 US) before proceeding to front desk to check in (patience is advised). Accommodations are at Camp Canaima in comfortable private bungalows with hot running water and ceiling fans. Meals are included and served buffet-style in the large open-air dining area overlooking Hacha Falls and Canaima lagoon.
Included in your stay is a spectacular overflight of Devils Canyon, Auyan tepui and Angel Falls in a specially equipped, converted DC-3 as well as a short boat excursion in the Canaima lagoon for an up-close view of Hacha Falls. You will be advised of departure times for these excursions when you arrive. While here, your time is free to spend as you wish to relax or arrange for additional activities. The beautiful white sand beach at Canaima lagoon is a perfect place to sit back and enjoy the unique backdrop of Canaima National Park, and the lagoon's cool, dark and clear water offers refreshing respite from the Gran Sabana's midday heat. In the evening, video documentaries on Canaima National Park can be viewed in the lounge area adjacent to the dining room. See separate briefing for more trip details. (L,D)

Day 3 Monday - Canaima / Isla Ratoncito
After breakfast, hike about 1/2 mile above Hacha Falls to Puerto Ucaima where you'll embark in motorized dugout canoes up the Carrao River to Angel Falls. Be sure to have your camera handy to capture what you will see--but don't for get a rain poncho, should the rainforest live up to its name. En route you'll marvel at the spectacular scenery of this "Lost World." Giant tepuis or "table top" mountains loom over the savannah and jungle below, while countless waterfalls gracefully descend the face of the Auyan-tepui mesa. Along the way pass the Sabana (plain) de Mayupa, the Arautaima rapids, Pozo de la Felicidad (fountain of happiness) and Orchid Island.
Continuing on, the expedition will leave the Carrao and navigate the Churun River where rapids, giant rock formations and exotic vegetation dominate this ancient landscape. Arriving at Ratoncito Island with its spectacular view of Angel Falls, you will be served a cold lunch. In the afternoon, set off with your guide to explore the island including an introduction of the unique flora and vegetation present here, a hike across the island and an evening view of the area's fauna. Dinner and overnight on the island. Lodging is in primitive shelters along the river, with hammocks for sleeping. (B,D)

Day 4
Tuesday - Angel Falls
Today, you'll have plenty of time for exploring the rainforest and swimming. From Ratoncito Island, you can hike about one hour to El Mirador, a lookout point offering superb views and photographic opportunities (weather permitting ) to capture the massive rocky face of Auyan-tepui and "Salto Angel" in the warm morning sun. You may also venture further to the base of the falls, but take caution as the rocks are often very slippery and sharp, and the air displacement from the falls itself can create gale-force winds. You can even swim in the pool at the base of the falls before returning for dinner and overnight on the island. (B,L,D)

Day 5
Wednesday - Canaima
After breakfast, embark on the return journey. The return downstream is usually much faster, and groups normally are back in Canaima by early afternoon. (See separate briefing for more trip details). (B,L,D) Overnight accommodations and meals at Camp Canaima

Day 6 Thursday - Caracas

After breakfast your morning is free to arrange for a short excursion or explore the camp area on your own. After checking out you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight.
Upon arrival to Caracas, airport reception, assistance and transfer to your hotel. Overnight accommodations at Hotel Caracas Hilton includes continental breakfast served in the Tower Lounge.

Day 7 Friday - Departure (or trip extension)

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Note: Also during your visit, arrangements for additional excursions (not included in trip package) can be made on-site. Prices vary from $30-$200 US, and depending on weather conditions, water levels, availability and your own adventure level.

Optional Excursions Include:
Half-day excursion to Mayupa - Beginning with the 20-minute walk to Puerto Ucaima, this morninng you will load into motorized dugout canoes for a trip up the Carrao River to Caño Moroco to explore Sapo and El Sapito Falls. If river conditions permit, you'll also visit the Mayupa rapids and Caño Mayupita for a swim.
Half-day excursion to Yuri Falls - Depart Canaima by vehicle for a 20-minute drive across the savanna to Puerto Verde where you will board a motorized dugout canoe and head down the Carrao River. Arriving at Puerto Yuri, a 15-minute walk through the jungle will bring you to the falls and beaches of Yuri where you will have plenty of time for swimming and exploring.

Prices available upon request.
Hotel pick up and transfer to the International Airport. Pay Venezuela's departure tax; check in at airline ticket counter to depart.

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