Tailor-Made Holiday

Highlights of Venezuela including Angel Falls

18 days

from £3,995pp

A comprehensive journey that encompasses many of the highlights of Venezuela, including Angel Falls, the Llanos and the idyllic islands of Los Roques.

  • Discover the highest waterfall in the world: Angel Falls
  • Spend time in Los Llanos an area inhabited by more than 50 mammal species
  • Cross the Gran Sabana, a grassy plateau interspersed with dramatic table mountains
  • Relax on the powder white sands of Los Roques

This holiday idea to Venezuela takes you on a wonderful journey to the colonial town of Merida in the foothills of Pico Bolivar the highest snow-capped mountain in Venezuela.   Visit coffee farms and cocoa plantations before leaving the high Andean mountains behind for the fertile plains of Los Llanos.  The Llanos is comparable to Brazil’s Pantanal and wildlife is plentiful including the elusive anaconda, giant anteaters, capybara and caiman.  

Swapping the flood plains for the grasslands of Gran Sabana, a 3 day drive through this dramatic landscape home to Jurassic table top mountains follows the route of the gold and diamond mining industry.    The area is also a prime bird watching location.

Whether you trek to, or fly by, Angel Falls does not fail to impress as it drops 979 metres to the tropical rainforest below.  This area is home to a number of cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation, orchids and the trekking and bird watching is superb.

Your holiday concludes on the picturesque island of Los Roques. A more sophisticated island than neighbouring Isla Margarita, Los Roques and the nearby deserted islands with their powder white sands and glass- like water offer fantastic snorkelling, diving and sailing experiences and delightful boutique accommodation.  

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Caracas


Caracas can initially be a daunting sight, with its imposing and gravity-defying skyscrapers. But this fast evolving, cosmopolitan city can entertain even the most discerning traveller with its many museums, parks, galleries, restaurants and most famously it's memorial to Simon Bolivar the son and founder of its independence.


You will be staying at Hotel Olé Caribe, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Fly Caracas to Merida, Venezuela


You will be staying at Posada Casa Sol, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

You will be staying at Posada Casa Sol, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Full day exploring the surrounding area
Full day trip to visit the surrounding villages and local coffee, cacao and sugar plantations. Visit the pretty colonial village of Jaji, with its attractive architecture and main plaza. El Carmen is a 17th century coffee hacienda, that still produces coffee and cacao. The day incorporates wonderful views, beautiful countryside and an opportunity to see how the locals live and work.

Day 5

Drive from Merida to Los Llanos


Home to the country's main cattle ranches, known as hatos, and the Venezuelan cowboys, llaneros, the Llanos is a fascinating area to visit. Situated to the east of the Andes and to the north of the Orinoco, these vast grasslands are drained by a tangle of tributaries and are home to an abundance of wildlife.


You will be staying at Hato El Cedral, Full board

Day 6

Several Days of Activities
Excursions out into the Llanos to see a variety of animals that could include; capybara, crocodiles, deer, iguanas, possums and even anacondas; the longest snake in the world . Los Llanos is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.


You will be staying at Hato El Cedral, Full board

Day 7

You will be staying at Hato El Cedral, Full board

Day 8

Fly Barinas to Caracas

Fly Caracas to Ciudad Bolivar


You will be staying at Posada Casa Grande, Half board

Day 9

Gran Sabana Route Day 1
You will meet by your private English speaking driver/guide for departure in a 4x4 vehicle to the Gran Sabana.

Along the way you will pass villages such as Upata which during the gold rush was an important crossroads for transport of the precious metal between El Callao and Ciudad Bolivar: the golden post was the name given to the wagon pulled by mules that hauled nearly 3.000 kg of gold annually.

Guasipati was the administrative and political centre of a great part of the gold and diamond mining area. Anyone could search for gold in the rivers. El Callao, the main gold mining village, attracted all types including fugitives from French Guyana, Venezuelans escaping civil war, others in search of a better life or fortune hunters escaping from Trinidad and English Guyana. Tumeremo represented the point of departure for the impenetrable jungle. Errant searchers for gold and diamonds would delve in the jungle and return to sell or to buy supplies for the journey.

Nowadays, little is left of the glorious past, only sleepy towns that keep the fascination of adventure and an extraordinary past. As your journey continues, you'll pass the Cuyuni river, whose waters, it was believed, were populated by electric eel.

Continue to Gran Sabana through the village of Las Claritas and Sierra de Lema, surrounded by dense evergreen rain forest, which can be viewed from the viewpoint of Piedra de la Virgen where you will take a break. Continue to the Lost World of the Gran Sabana, described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, characterised by a landscape of soft hills covered by savanna, interrupted by forests and waterways, one of Venezuela's most fascinating landscapes.

Today you will travel approx 400 km on tarmac roads and 50 km on dirt roads.


You will be staying at Chivaton Camp, Full board

Day 10

Gran Sabana Route Day 2
After breakfast, depart to the Indigenous community of Iboribo (Liwo-riwo) set on the right bank of the Aponwao river. Travel on a local curiara to cross the river and admire the Chinak Merú falls, a 105 meter high waterfall on pink sand surrounded by gallery forest and groups of tubular bromeliads that stick out from the river banks.

After lunch, continue south, admiring the savanna along the way, a green tapestry interrupted by groups of Moriche or Kuai palms, of great use to the local Pemon community as they are employed in making hammocks, rope, baskets and roofs with fibre extracted from the leaves; wood for doors, windows and bridges are extracted from the trunk; the marrow offers an edible flour and it produces edible fruit too.

Even more charming is the background where you can catch a glimpse of the magical tepuys, meaning mountains in the Pemon tongue. A break to visit the Kama Merú cascade, one of the most beautiful in the Gran Sabana with a 50 meter fall and to the lookout nak'piapo from which, weather permitting, we will be able to enjoy the imposing view of the Macizo del Roraima with the tepuys Ilu-Tepuy, Yuruani-Tepuy (or Iwarkarima-Tepuy), Kukenan-Tepuy and Roraima.



Today you will travel approx 80 km on dirt roads and 200 km on tarmac roads.


You will be staying at Yakoo Camp, Full board

Day 11

Gran Sabana Route Day 3
After breakfast, continue on the Ruta de la Gran Sabana with a break to visit Quebrada de Jaspe, a waterfall with clear water falling on pink and yellow jasper rocks. Following is a visit to Yuruani or Arapena Mer where the water is tinted with pinkish and yellowish hues from the rocks bellow. Break in Suroape for a refreshing swim under the small cascade. After lunch, visit to Quebrada Pacheco or Arapan Merú, characterised by a clear waterfall in the middle of a very green forest. A final visit to the Indian community of San Francisco de Yuruaní with time for shopping for typical Pemon handicrafts. Return to Santa Elena de Uairén in the evening.

Dinner and overnight stay.

Today you will travel approx 200 km.


You will be staying at Yakoo Camp, Full board

Day 12

Fly Santa Elena de Uairen to Canaima


You will be staying at Waku Lodge, Full board

Day 13

Boat Trip and Trek to Angel Falls
Early departure from the hotel and transfer to Puerto Ucaima, on the upper part of the waterfalls of the Canaima lagoon. Continue in a 'curiara' (dug out canoe) navigating the Carrao and Churun rivers to the base camp of Isla Raton. On the way you can catch glimpses of the Auyantepuy, the park's largest rock formation where the Angel Falls begin.

From base camp begin a trek through the jungle to view the Angel Falls in their full splendor.

On your return stop at El Sapo waterfall for a walk under the cascade and a swim.


You will be staying at Waku Lodge, Full board

Day 14

Fly Canaima to Caracas

Fly Caracas to Los Roques


You will be staying at Posada Caracol, Bed & Breakfast

Day 15

Several Days of Activities and Excursions
There are many activities available if you do not want to spend your entire time relaxing on the beaches. Sailing, snorkelling, diving, bone and deep water fishing as well as windsurfing are just some of the activities available.


You will be staying at Posada Caracol, Bed & Breakfast

Day 16

You will be staying at Posada Caracol, Bed & Breakfast

Day 17

Fly Los Roques to Caracas

Fly Caracas to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Waku Lodge

Waku Lodge

Waku Lodge is within the Canaima National Park and has an enviable position overlooking the falls and lagoon....

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Hato El Cedral

Hato El Cedral

Hato El Cedral is a wildlife focused lodge set within a 130,965 acre (53,000 hectare) working cattle ranch near the town of Mantecal in Central Llanos....

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Posada Caracol

Posada Caracol

Posada Caracol is a charming property located in the Los Roques archipelago and is one of the few posadas located directly on the beach....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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"John Faithful was wonderfully helpful and conscientious in arranging the itinerary and was always ready to suggest alternatives or rearrange matters without any hesitation; this and his detailed knowledge gave one great confidence."

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