Andes, Llanos Wildlife & Karibik in 13 days
The Western Venezuela Round trip 13 days take us to the Andes, Los Llanos -Hato el Cedral rich in Wildlife- and ends in the Caribbean beach of Choroni. This round trip has the best contrast of some of the regions in Venezuela, but most of it offers the best price.
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
1 Day: Arrival at Caracas internacional airport (-, -, -)
Transfer airport – hotel. Accomodation in Hotel Costa Real Suites (pool & excellent restaurant)
2 Day: Flight to Mérida (B, -, -)
Transfer hotel – airport. Flight to Mérida. The guide will be expecting the group at Mérida airport and drive the group to Posada Casa Vieja Mérida. After a briefing the group will have some time to relax. In case some of the group would like to do a short excursion or a tour, we can easily organise a horseback riding excursion or a tademflight.
3 Day: Andes: With a four wheel drive to the mountain village of Los Nevados (B, L, D)
We drive from Mérida city to the town of El Morro and from the we continue on an adventurous dirt road to the colonial village of Los Nevados. Here we do hike to theNuestra Señora river. Accomodation in a guest house in Los Nevados.
4 Day: Andes: With mules from Los Nevados to Alto de la Cruz 4200m (B, L, D)
After breakfast we ride on mules for approx four hours to the summit of Alto de la Cruz (4200m). The way take us along beautiful Paramo vegetation while regarding the view Pico Bolivar. From Alto de la Cruz we hike for two hours to the Valle de los Calderones (3200m) where we spend the night. Overnight at a farmer house.
5 Day: Los Nevados: Return to Mérida (B,-,-)
Today we hike for approx five hours through Paramo vegetation and later through a subtropical cloudforest till Mucunutan where our transport is waiting for us to take us to Posada Casa Vieja.
6 Day: Andes: Paramo Tour and Altamira (B, L, D)
Today we drive to the Paramo. We follow the Trasandina road and visit the famous stone church of Juan Felix Sánchez and
the condor valley Mifafi. After that we drive to Pico el Aguila at 4200m. Up there the vegetation adquires a different form and high. The Frailejones (Espeletia) of Pico el Aguila can grow more than three meters high. Afterwards we drive to Laguna de Mucubaji. For those enjoy hiking, we offer a 2.5 hours hike from Mucubaji to Laguna Negra Lake in the Paramo. At Mucubaji we will also have lunch.
After lunch the descend begins and arrive in the colonial town of Altamira de Caceres in Barinas state. There we spend the night at the comfortable colonial Posada at 900m.
7 Day: Los Llanos: Safari in Hato El Cedral (B, L, D)
After breakfast we drive to los Llanos and arrive at Hato Cedral for lunch. This hato is a classic ranch of approx. 56000 hectares in the heart of the Llanos that operates not only as a cattle ranch, but also as a touristic destination. Animals such as caimans, Orinoco Crocodile, anteater, capybaras, turtles and leguans live protectd on the land of Hato el Cedral.
Right after lunch we leave for a safari and observe a variety of animals gathered together in the water holes, as well as hundred of different birds species (300 approx in the Hato) like Macows, Parrots, birds of pray, owls, roseate spoolbill, Ibis, Sunbitter and Hoatzin.
Even in the rainy season there are good chances to see the tamandua or the giant anteater in the Hato. Also the biggest snake of the wolrd, the anaconda can be easily discovered lying on the mud. There are groups that have found anacondas of 7m. We spend the night at Hato el Cedral.
8.Tag: Los Llanos: Boat safari and return to Altamira (B, L, D)
Early in the morning we hike in the camp while listening and watching parrots, macows and howler monkeys. After that we have breakfast and then go for a boat ride, a great opportunity to observe sweet water dolphines. The calm water of the Matiyure and Caicara stream at the Hato are the habitat of some special and rare birds like the Agami heron as well as lots of birds of pray. Caimans, krokodiles and capybaras are usually near by during the boat ride.
At noon we go back to the camp, have lunch and get ready to drive back to the colonial town of Altamira.
9 Day: From Altamira to Choroni in the Caribbean (B, -, -)
After breakfast we drive for eight hours to the fishing village of Choroni with its Playa Grande (great beach) that has lots of coconuts palms along its coast.
10 Day: Choroni: day tour in the jungle of Henry Pittier national park (B, L, -)
At 8:30 starten we drive for a half an hour in the mountains of Choroni. Once we reach Tremaria (800 m) our tour begins. We hike through the jungle, passing by lots of banana and coffee trees. After lunch we follow a path that take us to a waterfall and to the mud houses of “ jungle lodge“ where we take a bath in a nearby river. After that we go back to Choroni.
11 Day: Choroni: day at the beach (B, -, -)
This day stands free for the group. We recommend a day at the beach between the coconut plams, a boat ride to the nearby beaches of Chuao or Sepe or a hike in through the cacao plantations and bath on the river. We help you by the organisation of your wish. Accomodation in guest house in Choroni.
12 Day: Choroni: day at the beach (B, -, -)
This day stands again free for the group Verfügung. Accomodation in guest house in Choroni.
13 Day: Transfer Choroni – Internationale Airport (B, -, -)
After breakfast we drive to Caracas international airpport.
West Venzuela / Round trip
Duration: 13 days
Level of difficulty: 0-1 (0-5)
Services: Flights, Tours and transport as decribed in the tour, accomodationmin DBL rooms, full board (meals & soft drinks)
Price: please contact us
What to bring:
- Sun glasses
- Bug repelent
- Light wear
- Water proof jacket
- Fleece jacket for the Andes
- Trekking Sandals
- Hiking shoes
- Swimming wear
- extra batteries
- adaptor (110v)