The Eastern Venezuela tour leads you first along the coast of Venezuela. You will stay in small, quaint hotels in or near national parks. Near Cumaná, you leave the coast to explore the famous Guacharo Cave, discovered by Alexander von Humboldt. Your journey continues to the Orinoco Delta, an amazing natural phenomenon formed by Venezuela’s biggest river dividing into thousands of small branches. You will observe an amazing variety of flora and fauna. Your trip ends in Pto. Ordaz. Here you can join other excursions such as, the Rio Caura Tour, Salto Angel Trip or a Gran Sabana Tour.
Day 1 Drive from Caracas to National Park Tacarigua de la Laguna (L,D)
In the morning, you will drive east; crossing mountains covered by varied vegetation, passing Caucagua, one of the largest cocoa cultivations in Venezuela, until you finally reach Tacarigua de la Lguna. At the entrance of the National Park you will take a boat for approx. 20 minutes for a ride over the lagoon until you arrive at the Hotel Tortuga Lodge, situated on a 30 km beach. This Hotel can only be reached by boat. The National Park is famous for its mangles, the red ibis (and more than 150 species of birds) the Caiman “de la Costa” and three different species of marine turtles.
Day 2 Drive to Mochima National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast you will take the coastal route towards Barcelona/Puerto la Cruz. Behind this “double” city lies the national park of Mochima. The road leads you over several hills with fabulous views over the bays of Mochima and the islands near the coast. You will stay at Villa Majagual, a beautiful seafront Posada.
Day 3 Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Cumana. (B)
In the morning, you might just relax at the beach or take an optional boat tour in the National Park. In the afternoon, you will drive to Cumaná, for a short city tour. Overnight at the Posada San Francisco near downtown Cumaná.
Day 4 Drive to Caripe. (B)
After breakfast, you will drive to Caripe. After lunch (not included) you will visit the Guacharo’s Cave, once explored by Alexander von Humboldt. The cave is inhabited by the guacharo, a sort of nightjar, dweller of the darkness and unique in the world. In the first section of the cave, there are enormous stalactites and stalagmites, which have grown together forming interesting shapes. In the Hall of Silence, these formations glitter and gleam in thousands of colors reflecting the light of the lanterns. Deep down below we hear a roaring river. At twilight, you can watch the birds leaving the cave with loud shrieks to go on their nightly flight. You will stay in the Hotel Pueblo Pequeño.
Day 5 Drive to the Orinoco Delta. (B,D)
After breakfast, you continue your journey to Maturín, the most important city of the oil-industry in the east of the country. Heading southeast from there, you will drive through the open savanna crossing Tucupita to Palo Blanco. You will embark on a boat ride through the branches of the river, bordered by dense tropical rainforest and inhabited by monkeys, birds and other animals. At sunset, you arrive at Flotel Warao Lodge for overnight.
Day 6 Drive to Ciudad Bolívar (B,L)
After breakfast, you will take a boat excursion to observe monkeys, a variety of birds like tucans and parrots and, maybe even fresh water dolphins. On a small river branch, you will disembark to go for an adventurous walk on swampy ground into the virgin delta forest. You will learn about the endemic vegetation, such as the Moriche palm-tree, the Natives´ “tree of life”, its multiple using possibilities, and its delicious taste. You will also visit one of the Native families that live on the river banks and are known for their beautiful work in arts and crafts. You continue your journey to Boca de Uracoa and drive across endless pine forests which are planted for producing cellulose. Finally, you will reach the banks of the Orinoco and embark on a ferry cross Venezuela’s longest river into Puerto Ordaz. From here it is one hour to Ciudad Bolívar. Overnight at Posada Angostura
Day 7 Transfer to the airport. (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of services.
- Accommodation as indicate
- All transfers and excursions as indicated
- Entrance Fee Guacharo Cave
- Meals as indicated
- English speaking guide
Does not include
- Personal expenses and tips
- Beverages with the meals
Tour starts any day with a min. of 2 people
2012 Price per person in US$: (minimum of 2 people) $1590 per person double, $1790 in single rooms