Amazonas-Jungles-Beaches

The Amazonas-Jungles-Beaches tour starts in the Amazon region, where you stay in the Orinoquia Lodge, located right on the Orinoco River. There, you embark on several boat excursions and visits to Indian villages. You continue to the Caura River, where you explore the Para Fall, an impressive waterfall, surrounded by virgin rainforest. During this trip, you will discover the habits of the Yekuana-Makaritare Indians and the peculiarities of the jungle. Afterwards, you will go to the National Park Tacarigua de La Laguna, located on the east coast, where you rest the last 3 days on a lonesome beach.

Day 1: Caracas

Arrival at Caracas airport where you will be welcomed. A private transfer will bring you to the Hotel Costa Real Suites, located approximately 30 minutes from the airport. Overnight at the Hotel Costa Real Suites in double room.

Day 2: Caracas – Puerto Ayacucho (D)

At noon flight from Caracas to Puerto Ayacucho. You will be transferred to the Orinoquia Lodge, right on the shore of the Orinoco River. After arrival at the Lodge, you will have a walk to a nearby viewpoint which offers you a wonderful view over the Orinoco River. Overnight at Orinoquia Lodge in double room.

Day 3: Amazonas (B/L/D)

Today you will visit the fish market, where you can observe the every day activity of the Indigenas. Afterwards you will visit the interesting ethnological Museum at Puerto Ayacucho, which provides a very good overview about the different Indian tribes, their history, life-style and their development until today. Then you will have a walk through the Indian market where you can buy arts and crafts. On your way back to your Lodge, you will pass two immense black granite copulas. From a certain point of view both copulas appear like head and body of a tortoise, therefore, there are called "Piedra de la tortuga". These stones are so unusual that they are explained in 1992 to nationwide monument.

In the afternoon, you will visit a Piaroa village, to learn about native agriculture and various local plants. During the walk through the jungle where you might even see  the famous “24-hour ant”, whose bite hurts 24 hrs. The Indians produce a very sharp sauce of the head of the "Bachaco Culón" ant. Overnight at Orinoquia Lodge.

Day 4: Amazonas (B/L/D)

Boat trip on the Orinoco. Starting from the camp, you will go on a boat trip down the Orinoco River to explore little streams with abundant vegetation. With a little luck, you might see fresh water dolphins and otters. There is time to swim and sunbathe on the beautiful beaches, which are formed during dry season. Overnight at Orinoquia Lodge.

Day 5: Amazonas - Río Caura (B/-/D)

After breakfast you will be brought to Puerto Ayacucho. From where you will take a public Bus to Maripa. From Maripa a private transfer will drive south along a red dirt trail, through a dense jungle to Las Trincheras where you will reach the Caura Lodge. In the camp your hostesses are already expecting you. On the terrace on which all meals are taken you will enjoy the evening mood and listen to the jungle noises. Overnight at Caura Lodge in double rooms. Driving time aprox. 10 hrs.

Day 6: Río Caura  (B/L/D)

Boat trip upstream to unspoiled jungle areas. You will visit a Yekwana Makiritare Indian village to learn about their customs and traditions, such as the production of Casabe, Indian manioc bread, the production of natural pigments for baskets and their basket weaving techniques, as well as, the manufacture of other arts and crafts. You will also visit a field, where the Indians cultivate diverse fruits and vegetables. Afterwards you will go on a boat tour upriver into untouched jungle areas, passing small Indian villages along the river. You will visit one of these villages to learn about the production of Casabe, the typical Indian manioc bread. You will continue your boat trip, passing through several small rapids, until arriving at the starting point for the hike up to Cerro Cangrejo. You will hike uphill through the jungle for approx. 2 hours, observing a large variety of plants, such as, orchids, bromeliads, chinin trees and vanilla plants. Finally, you will arrive at an enormous rock, from where you have a fantastic panoramic view of the dark-green, unspoiled jungle and the river. Overnight at the Caura Lodge.

Day 7: Río Caura (B/L/D)

You will navigate 2 hours downstream towards the Orinoco River. On the way, you will visit a Guahibo Indian village, whose inhabitants migrated from the Amazon area. You will continue your boat trip and bend into Caño Mato, the second largest tributary of the Caura River, a haven for birds, manatees and river dolphins which, with luck, can be observed. Overnight at the Caura Lodge.

Day 8: Río Caura (B/L/D)

You will go on a 15 minute boat ride to a several lagoons, located in the flooded areas of the Caura, to watch the alligators basking on the banks of the lagoons and marvel at the rich bird life of the area; parrots, grey and white herons and cormorants are a few of the species you will see during this excursion. During the dry season (November - May) a short walk in the jungle is included, to observe the varied flora of the tropical rainforest. The jungle walk will not be possible during the rainy season; the tour is therefore carried out entirely by boat. In the afternoon leisure time. Overnight at Caura Lodge.

Day 9: Río Caura – Ciudad Bolívar (B)

After breakfast you will drive back to the paved road for aprox. 3,5 hrs. in direction to Ciudad Bolívar and to our Posada Angostura situated in the colonial center of Ciudad Bolívar.In the afternoon you have time to explore this contemplative small town on the Orinoco River with his very well preserved colonial city centre.Overnight at Posada Angostura in double rooms. Driving time aprox. 3,5 hrs.

Day 10:  Ciudad Bolívar – Tacarigua de la Laguna National Park  (B/-/D)

After breakfast, you will drive northwards to the Tacarigua de la Laguna National Park.  Boat trip over the lagoon until you finally reach the Tortuga Lodge, located directly on a lonesome beach in front of the sea.Overnight at Tortuga Lodge in double room. Driving time aprox. 8 hrs.

Day 11-12: Tacarigua de la Laguna National Park (B/-/D)

Leisure time at the beach. You can either relax and swim or also go on optional excursions (not included) to observe the birds of the National Park like the red ibis. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge.

Day 13: Tacarigua de la Laguna – Caracas (B/-/-)

After breakfast a boat trip over the lagoon will bring you back to the fishing place and from there you will take your transfer to Caracas.

 Services included:

-          Overnights and Meals as indicated

-          Transfers and excursions as indicated

-          All Domestic flights

-          Local guidance (Caracas: German/ Puerto Ayacucho and  Caura English)

-          Excursion with English speaking guide

 Not included:

-          Local and international airport taxes-

-          Beverages to the meals

-          Porterage  

-          Personal expenses and tips.

 2015 rates per person in US$: (minimum of 2 people)

In double room: USD 1485. Single supplement: USD 275