(Caracas, Puerto Ordaz, Gran Sabana)
The eastern part of Canaima National Park is known as the Gran Sabana, a special landscape of clear rivers, waterfalls and endless Tepuys which tower above rolling savannah and forest. We will explore this unique region by 4x4 vehicles. Explore Puerto Ordaz before returning to Caracas for your departure flight.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver.
Eurobuilding Hotel and Suites offers guests the exclusiveness and comfort of the best 5-Star Hotel in the city of Caracas. 619 Rooms divided in 4 types of service: Standard, Deluxe, Business Class and First Class. Located in the Las Mercedes area, where most restaurants and shopping malls are located. Features: 450 rooms with air conditioning, swimming pools with sun-terrace overlooking Avila mountain, gym, restaurants and bars.
Fly from Caracas to Puerto Ordaz. Flight time is approximately 1 hr.
Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
The Eurobuilding Hotel Plaza Guayana is located 15 minutes from the airport and it offers guests and visitors a beautiful panoramic view of the unique nature representative of this region. The hotel offers 144 rooms and offers restaurant services, lobby bar, room service, 3 lounges for events, an amphitheater, modern business center, swimming pool, gym, commercial stores, wireless internet, among others.
IMPORTANT DETAILS REGARDING THIS EXCURSION:
Included: professional guide (billingual Spanish/English), tents, sleeping bags, ground mats, 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, food and cooking gear, transportable toilet (no showers), first aid kit, emergency communication.
Suggested Packing List: good, comfortable hiking shoes and sandals, thick socks (2-3 pairs for river crossing), sun hat, sunscreen, refillable bottle for water, insect repellent, swim wear, towel, shorts/pants (light, quick dry) for hiking, raincoat/water durable jacket, flashlight, snacks for energy, any other items you would consider important.
Departure from Puerto Ordaz. Before heading south, we make a stop at the beautiful tropical Cachamay Park, located on the banks of the Caroní River. We then head towards the Gran Sabana, through the rubber-seeking and gold mining towns of El Callao and Tumeremo. After lunch we continue towards El Dorado with its famous prison camps, wind our way up the "Escalera", and in the late afternoon reach the northern boundary of the mystic Gran Sabana. Overnight at a basic but comfortable camp (beds). Dinner at the camp.
The accommodations provided on this 3 night excursion are basic, but comfortable. For the first and second night we will stay in basic campsites - these tented camps will have beds to sleep in. On the third night we will stay in a basic lodge in Santa Elena. Please note there are no private bathrooms, no showers on this 4 day excursion.
After breakfast we explore the Gran Sabana! We drive to the Pemon Indian village of Liworibo, and from there take a 30-minute dugout-canoe ride to beautiful Chinak Meru, the highest waterfall in the Gran Sabana. We will stop at the water holes of Pozo Escondido and Pozo de Los Enamorados, where we'll enjoy our picnic lunch and have time for a refreshing bath. In the afternoon return to our camp. Dinner at the camp.
After breakfast we head south to the Brazilian border. We will pass by clear rivers and waterfalls, driving through rolling savannah and forest, always accompanied by the impressive scenery of the Tepuys (table top mountains). We will stop at the waterfalls of Kawi and Kama Meru, the lookout point El Oso, and Arapan and Soroape falls, where we will stop for a picnic lunch. We continue south, stopping at Jaspe falls, a shallow stream flowing over a wide bed of pure, semi-precious jasper, in sheets of glowing yellows, oranges and reds. In the afternoon we arrive at the border town of Santa Elena de Uairén. Overnight in simple but comfortable lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
After breakfast we will drive across the border to the town of Paracaima for some shopping (optional; yellow fever certificate needed). We then head back to Puerto Ordaz.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
We board our boat, and navigate towards the Castillos de Guayana, two old forts located on a hilly bank of the Orinoco, overlooking the river. They were built to protect Santo Tomás, the first Spanish settlement founded on the riverbank. The older fort, the Castillo de San Francisco, dates from the 1670s. As pirate raids continued unabated, a second fort, the Castillo de San Diego de Alcalá, was built in 1747 on a nearby higher hill. At the end of 19th century, the forts were used to control river traffic. We continue to the "Meeting of the Waters", where the blackwater river Caroní meets the whitewater Orinoco River. We can admire the beautiful La Llovizna and Cachamay Falls, before returning to the dock. Duration: 5 hours.
Fly from Puerto Ordaz to Carcas. Flight duration is approximately 1 hr.
Depart from Caracas Airport. End of itinerary.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
Nick Baxevane ,
July 08, 2013
"The trip to the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and Easter Islands was exciting, relaxing, active, social, exhilarating and that is just the start.
Everything was planned out smoothly and went smoothly. The only disappointment I had with this trip was it ended too soon.
Congrats to Kensington Tours...GREAT JOB IN PLANNING."
Beth Jones ,
June 20, 2013
"Hi Cindy – just returned from our trip of a lifetime!
Thought of you several times…. The logistics were smooth, the hotel choices luxurious, the personal tour guides a highlight.
I’ve already referred you and Kensington to a few people for planning a similar trip.
Thanks again for making the trip easy and accommodating my personal preferences!
Looking forward to working with you again!
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