(Caracas, Puerto Ordaz, Santa Elena de Uairen, Mount Roraima)
Arrive into Caracas for an overnight stay before travelling south to the Gran Sabana. You will spend 6 days hiking through the area that inspired the novel "The Lost World". Breathtaking scenery, exhilarting hiking trails and a true "off the beaten path" experience awaits you at Venezuela's Mount Roraima! Return to Caracas for a final night and city tour before departing this untouched part of the world.
Upon arrival you will be met by our 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 Roraima Inn is conveniently located within easy reach of to the city centre by metro, railway, underground or bus. The hotel is close to major tourist attractions and landmarks. The hotel offers 73 rooms with private bath, telephone, television, tea - coffee making facilities, ironing board and a safe. also features breakfast hall, gym, business centre, wireless internet and airport transfer service.
Transfer by private vehicle and driver to Ciudad Bolivar (airport or hotel). Duration is approximately 1 hour.
Fly from Ciudad Bolivar to Santa Elena. Flight time is approximately 2.5 hr.
Enjoy a private airport transfer
Los Pinos Posada is a highly comfortable Posada in Santa Elena, owned by Eric and Yari Buschbell, created with love, patience and effort. Not only a hostel in Santa Elena, but also a jewel of hospitality. Intricately detailed and stylish with great service, encouraging you to relax completely and making you feel at home. Posada Los Pinos has 11 rooms, all high-quality comfortable accommodation.
IMPORTANT DETAILS REGARDING THIS HIKE:
Included: transfers from your hotel in Santa Elena, professional guide (billingual Spanish/English), tents, sleeping bags, ground mats, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, warm meal and cold drinks at your arrival to Paraitepui on the last day (day 6), porters for tents, food and cooking gear, transportable toilet (no showers), first aid kit, emergency communication.
Not Included: Porters for your baggage,you are responsible for carrying everything you bring with you to hike with (additional luggage can be stored at the hotel in Santa Elena for a small fee), Porters can be hired to carry your baggage however there is an additional cost and you must advise your travel consultant at time of booking you would like to hire a porter. Should you choose not to hire a porter it is strongly recommended you carry no more than 10kilos (22lbs) of baggage in one pack for this excursion.
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, shorts/pants (light, quick dry) for hiking, raincoat/water durable jacket, flashlight, snacks for energy, any other items you would consider important for a 6 day hiking trip.
In the morning we leave Santa Elena for a 2 hours drive to the last Indian Village before Roraima. Paraitepuy is 1600 m above sea level and will be our starting point for the trekking to the Lost World. We will walk about 5 hours trough open savannah before reaching the Tök Camp at a height of 1050m.
There are 3 different campsite locations throught this 5 night hike; Tok Camp (2N), Base Camp (1N) and Camp (2N) These are camps are not permanent and are set up by our porters upon arrival at the end of each day. Tents are deisgned for a maximum of 2 people.
After a good breakfast we start a five-hour walk to the base camp, which is 1870m above sea level. In order to reach it we need to cross two rivers, which can be tricky because the Kukenan River grows after rainfall to a respectful stream. Our experienced guides will help with the first adventure crossing the river. The walk also requires 2 hours uphill walking. On our way we will cross smooth hills in the savannah and beautiful landscapes covered with orchids and carnivores. Here starts the jungle so we should use the late afternoon light to find some attractive shots for our cameras.
After having breakfast in the camp we start off to the tough part of the day: a 2-hour steep hike in the jungle. Afterwards we will be exhausted but amazed by the beauty and the overwhelming number of bromeliads, ferns and other rare plants. Finally we can touch the wall of the Roraima Mountain and a small waterfall will bring us our much needed refreshment! From there we need another hour to ninety minutes to reach the top, which is 2700 meters above sea level. The path leads us through the jungle and over stones of different forms and shapes. Stones looking like sea turtles or dragonheads welcome you finally at the top. Now we have the whole afternoon for discovering the closer area around the camp.
The whole day we will discover the mystical top of the Roraima and feel the magic related to the mountain. We will find thousands of faces and sculptures in bizarre stone formations, some might remind us of lizards or Fidel Castro, others will seem to us like fantasy creatures or fairy tale witches. We will be amazed by the valley of crystals and the fantastic view from the top of Roraima to the valley. When the fog rises up the mountain we can feel the mystery. And do not be surprised when you feel like you are walking on the moon because the surface looks just alike.
In the morning we will have a last chance to take some pictures before you descend the mountain again to reach the campsite at Rio Tök. Today we have to walk about 7 hours downhill that means from 2700m down to 1050m above sea level. Shortly before the camp we have to cross the two rivers from the first day again. A light lunch is given on the way and at the camp there will be served a warm meal. At the end of the day we can enjoy a great swim in the river with a fabulous view to the Kukenan and Roraima mountains.
After the last four hours of walking we will reach the Indian village Paraitepuy again. Please watch out! Every tourist is searched for crystals by the park rangers. The crystals are a lot more beautiful on the top of Roraima then in your apartment at home! Our Toyotas are already waiting for us with cold drinks and lunch. After lunch we go back to Santa Elena. In agreement of the group there is a short stop at the Quebrada de Jaspe with its brilliant red shining Jaspe stones.
Fly from Santa Elena to Ciudad Bolivar. Flight time is approximately 1 hr.
Transfer by private vehicle and driver to Puerto Ordaz (hotel or airport). Duration is approximately 1 hour.
Fly from Puerto Ordaz to Carcas. Flight duration is approximately 1 hr.
We will discover Caracas' colonial roots, proudly displayed in its historic center. We will visit the Birthplace of Simón Bolívar "El Libertador", with its typically discreet and austere colonial architecture; the Concejo Municipal, where the Act of Venezuelan Independence was signed; La Casa Amarilla, the former Royal Prison and now the Foreign Office; El Capitolio, where two notable historical records can be found: the Act of Independence and the epic mural by Tovar y Tovar representing the battle of Carabobo; Plaza Bolívar, where the history of Caracas began. We continue to the Panteón Nacional, the most sacred building in the city. It is the last resting place for eminent Venezuelans. The vault of the pantheon is covered by paintings depicting scenes from Bolívar's life, all done by the important Venezuelan historical painter Tito Salas in the 1930s. We then continue to the colonial museum Quinta Anauco, built in 1797, laid out around a charming patio and surrounded by gardens. A long and illustrious line of marquises lived here until the death in 1837 of the last Marquis del Toro. This charming country house also welcomed Bolívar on his last visit to Caracas. Return to hotel or drop-off at a typical restaurant or one of Caracas' modern shopping malls.
Hotel Altamira Suites, where you will feel at home, comfortable, safe and well taken care of. The facilities include beautiful works of art, a carefully thought-out decoration and furniture, a preview to a broad variety of services that will make your stay a pleasant and unforgettable one. The Hotel Altamira Suites offers 233 standard and premium suites. Every suite has its own distinct personality, merging the privacy of a welcoming environment and excellent space distribution, designed based on the activities the space is suited for. The suites are fully equipped and include a living room, an eating space and a kitchen area.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Venezuela for the most up to date visa information.
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