Trekking, Canyoning, Paragliding and Mountain bike
The Nevados challenge tour is a combination of Nevados Town trek, horse backriding, canyoning, paragliding and montain bike. This trip is specially for those who are in good physical condition and are looking for some challenge and adrenalin.
1 Day: With the cable car „Teleferico“ to Pico Espejo
Early in the morning we drive on the world´s highest and longest cable car. A ride that take us from Merida city (1580m) up to Pico Espejo station (4765m)
If the sky is clear we have a wonderful view of the Pico Bolivar (5007m). One station back (Loma redonda at 4045) we start our five hour trek to the colonial town of Los Nevados (3000m). First of all we ascend till Alto de la Cruz (4200m), from this point the descent begins till we arrive in Los Nevados. A colonial town of approx sixty houses that lies on a slope. Its main square „Plaza Bolivar“ and the nice decorated church are the main meeting points in town. Close to the plaza is located the guest where we spend the night.
2 Day: Los Nevados
At 2900m height it gets cold, this is particulary in the morning before sunrise. However as soon as the down breaks, it becomes warmer. Neither clouds nor mist blurs the clear view to the brown and white colors in town and the ever green mountains. After breakfast we have enough time to walk around the town. Afterwards we drive 4 to 5 hours by jeep on a adventurous dirt road along a fantastic landscape back to Tabay.
3 Day: Canyoning & Paragliding
At the momnet is canyoning the adrenalin sport number one in the Andes: first we follow the course of the river and once we reach the waterfall the descent begins. There are different ones: 12, 18 and 35 mts high. Fun follows after the descent: we slide over naturaly water slides into natural pools surrounded by the cloud fores, with its huge ferns, lianas and bromeliads. On the same day we do paragliding (Tadem flight). Depending on the site conditions, the experienced pilot can fly from 20 to 40 min. Paragliding begins at 1600m. A couple of steps are enough and the take off begins.
After that we drive back to posada Casa Vieja in Tabay.
4 Day: Mountain bike
We drive from Merida through the subtropical cloudforest of Sierra la Culata National park. In the dra season might rain at night. Our goal will be the colonial town of Jaji. Once there we continue to la Azulita till we reach the highest point of the route at 2450m. From there we get off our bikes and ride downhill through the cultivated landscape and woods till 1000m. After a good picnic and a visit the pirate cave, we ride back to the posada Casa Vieja.
Nevados Challenge/ Venezuelan Andes / West Venezuela
Duration: 4 days
Level of difficulty: 2-3 (0-5)
Service: Transportion, guide (ger/eng), 3 nights accomodation, paragliding, montainbike
Price: 300 Euro/Person
What to bring
- Sunglasses (UV Filter)
- Bug repelent
- Trekking sandals
- Wind shell jacket
- Swimming things and a towel
- For the night:
- Fleece Jacket