WONDERFUL ADVENTURES: TREKKING TO RORAIMA TEPUY & ANGEL FALLS
12 days / 11 nights
In this wonderful expedition to Roraima Tepuy you will discover another world... The Roraima is one of the oldest, exotic and strangest places of the planet. It integrates the group of mountains of the “Macizo Guayanes” with a relief in shape of a table, which were formed about 2 billion years ago. The Roraima Tepuy belongs 80% to Venezuela, 10% to Brazil and the rest to the British Guyana. For the Indians communities that live in the area, each “Tepuy” represents a God, for them, “they are sacred places that nature has given them as a gift.” Trek across rising savannahs to the base of the mountain and to a meadow alive with multi-colored birds and fireflies, marvelous sites of tropical savannah, with a fauna and flora, preserved (70% endemic life style), thanks to the specific evolution of this formation, free from the hand of man, considered in guidebooks as being one of the best places in the world! Explore and feel the rush described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World. The Roraima wall is extremely impressive, rising 2,727 mts directly with the quartz in the rock glittering in the late afternoon sun.
"There are many men who never talk about their adventures... Because never expect to be believed.
Who can blame them? If this same, within one or two months, it will seem a dream ...”
The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Classification: Grade VI. It is a demanding challenging adventure with extensive outdoor activity. Requires excellent fitness and endurance, plus previous experience and a degree of skill in trekking. Requires also the collaboration of everyone and a good sense of cohabitation of participants.
Size of the group: MIN 4 PAX - MAX 15.
Average of trekking: 4-5 hours of trekking per day.
Temperature: Average 25 C° MIN 2°C (at night).
Personal equipment for the expedition: the max weight allowed is 15 kilos per pax.
Best Season: October - April.
- The fantastic expedition to the Roraima Tepuy.
- The prehistoric world in the peak of Roraima: The bizarre plant life (carnivorous plants). The Valley of crystals. The triple border point where Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil meet.
- The charming waterfalls in Canaima National Park.
- The stunning Angel Falls: The highest waterfalls in the world.
Day 1. Arrival to Caracas - Puerto Ordaz.
Arrival to Maiquetia International airport, assistance by our bilingual guide who will explain all the details of the expedition. Flight to Puerto Ordaz (45 min). Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2. Grand Savannah - Santa Elena (BD).
Breakfast. Departure in four wheel drive vehicles to take the route of Gold seekers and then cross the region of EL DORADO. Forest reserve of Imataca, kilometer 88 and finally Santa Elena de Uairen a gold mining town founded in 1922 by Sr. Peña, a gold prospector who named the town after his first daughter. In Santa Elena you will be able to appreciate the presence of indigenous people. It is located close to the Brazilian frontier. Overnight in Santa Elena with dinner.
Day 3. Santa Elena - Paraitepuy (5 hours / 12 km) (BLD).
Breakfast. We meet with our porters in Paraitepuy: a small indigenous community of the pemon Indian. Visit the small community. We begin our trek across rolling grassland of the savannah. Crossing several streams we ford the Tek River where we will camp having a fantastic view of the stark face of Roraima ahead and Kukunan Tepuy to its left. From here we can also see the pinnacle of rock next to Roraima, like the one by which Conan Doyle’s heroes climbed to the top. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Trekking in Roraima (5 hours / 12 km) (BLD).
Trek across rising savannah to the base of the mountain to camp in a meadow alive with multi-colored birds and fireflies at night, this place is considered in guidebooks as being one of the best campsites in the world ! The Roraima wall is extremely impressive here rising 3,000 feet directly in front of the camp, with the quart in the rock glittering in the late afternoon sun.
Day 5. Trekking in Roraima (5 hours /3 km) (BLD).
In the morning we set off up the route that leads diagonally across the face of the Roraima wall. The narrow trail winds through the mountain rainforests and crosses the small streams where hummingbirds, orchids and brightly colored flowers are abundant. Higher up, the vegetation changes to pre-historic tree ferns and the trail leads under a waterfall descending from the cliff edge hundreds of feet above. After 4-5 hours we arrive at the entrance to the summit, guarded by massive greyrocks and emerge at the top - looking back for an incredible view. We visit the Valley of Crystals, the river-valley of the Arobopo River shaped like an amphitheater, around which are grouped large dark rounded stone columns.
The river itself runs over a bed of crystals and crystal fragments. We visit the northern point of Mount Roraima for stunning views from various points on the edge.
Day 6. Trekking in Roraima (9 hours / 20 km) (BLD).
We explore Roraima’s summit trekking a long circular route to the triple border point, where Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil meet. We walk through strange rock formations, surprisingly lush valleys and places where the ground is covered with sparkling quartz crystals. There are rock pools everywhere and in them you may be lucky enough to see the strange black toads, unique to Mount Roraima.
The plant life is bizarre, as over half the species are unique to Tepuys or to Roraima alone, including several species of orchids and carnivorous plants. We also visit the Oil Bird cave (Guacharo bird).
Days 7. Trekking in Roraima - Santa Elena (6 hours / 14 km) (BLD).
In the morning there is still time to explore the surroundings of the Tepuy . Begin the descent from the Tepuy until reaching Paraitepuy, where a chauffeur is awaiting you to transfer to a traditional restaurant in the region, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. After living an unforgettable, unique experience, transfer to the posada. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8. Santa Elena de Uairen (BLD).
Breakfast. Continuation until Santa Elena de Uairen. On the road you will stop to see the highlights of this wonderful path. Lunch. Transfer to the Hotel. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 9. Santa Elena- Canaima National Park (BLD).
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Canaima National Park with Overflight to Angel Falls the Highest Waterfall in the world (in option you can request the overflight to Roraima and Kukenan Tepuys on your way to Canaima). Arrival to Canaima, this ancestral and mystic place is a land of tepuys, magic and sacred mountains of the Indians. Lunch. In the afternoon, we will cross the Canaima lagoon in Indian canoes conducted by Indians. We pass the Ucaima, Golondrina and Hacha waterfalls that fall spectacularly into the lagoon. We take a short walk through the light tropical forest and savannah to the base of the Sapo waterfalls. Here we have time for a short bath in the refreshing waters. We continue the excursion walking behind the curtain of water (some 200 meters) that descends from the dashing Carrao River. Climbing to the top of the falls, we have an excellent view of the savannas, surrounding tropical forest and the tepuys: unexplored majestic and prehistoric tabletop mountains considered the oldest rock formations of our planet. We return to the Camp facing the Hacha waterfalls and the pink sandy beach of Canaima Lagoon. Dinner and overnight at the selected Canaima lodge.
Day 10. Full Day to Angel Falls (BLD).
Breakfast. Transfer to Ucaima Port to take a curiara through the Carrao River. At the Mayupa rapids it may be necessary to walk for about 20 min. and let the crew haul the empty canoe through them. Short time after beginning your journey, you will be dazzled by the majestic Auyantepuy, home of the Angel Falls, standing still as medieval fortress of gigantic dimensions. Its impressive walls shelter the river from both sides. Once inside the Canyon, the Angel Falls appear in all its majesty when the boat approaches Ratoncito Island. Lunch in the open forest. Once in the lodge board another curiara up until the point where you will walk to Laime lookout point. Enjoy a nice bath on the pool formed by the waterfall on its way down. Relax going swimming in the Churun River. Return to the lodge in Canaima. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11. Canaima - Caracas (BLD).
Breakfast. Transfer to the airstrip to take your flight to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz. Arrival to Caracas, the Capital city of Venezuela. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 12. Departure (B).
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take the international connection flight.
- Assistance at the airport in Caracas.
- All private transfers.
- 1 night in Puerto Ordaz with breakfast and taxes.
- 2 nights in Santa Elena with full board.
- 5 nights in Roraima Tepuy in tents with all camping equipment, porters for food and equipment while trekking in Roraima. Full board and soft drinks.
- 2 nights in Canaima National Park with full board.
- 1 night in Caracas Littoral with breakfast and dinner.
- Trekking to Roraima Tepuy.
- Boat ride in Canaima Lagoon.
- Excursion to Sapo Falls.
- Overflight to Angel Falls.
- F/D to Angel Falls.
- Professional bilingual guide.
- Caracas - Puerto Ordaz.
- Santa Elena de Uairen - Canaima (charter flight with overflight to Angel Falls).
- Canaima - Caracas (via Puerto Ordaz).
- Domestic Airport taxes ($3 per person/ per flight).
- Entrance fees to Canaima National Park ($5 per person).
- Total travel distance: 40-45 km trekking up and the same for the descent.
- You will be able to leave some luggage in Santa Elena. We recommend bringing lock or security device to close the bags.
- The return is made walking to Paraitepuy and then by car to Santa Elena.
- About the visit to Piedra Pintada y Valle de los Cristales: Are located about one hour away (walking) and the group have to start the descent before noon. This can be done if the group is not too tired, most people usually just walk a little around.
- People can bath in rivers and streams along the way; the higher you are, the cooler is the water. (Jacuzzis are the only bath option in the top).
- Food during the trek: 5x breakfast with cereal, bread, arepas (typical corn bread), cheese, ham, jam, coffee and juice. 6x light lunch with bread and various salads. 5x dinners.
- Carriers have the equipment and food. We strongly recommend that you carry a food supplement (chocolates, cookies, candies, to recharge).
- Sleeping bags: We recommend people to bring their sleeping bag and padding. Sometimes the ones rented are not in very good condition.
- There is always humidity and nights are cold. The weather at the top of Roraima has been calculated at 4 degrees at dawn. During the day it is usually windy with 21 degrees and humidity. At night, down to 10 or 9 degrees.
- You cannot throw garbage in any area of the National Park.
- In case of a serious emergency of one passenger, the only way out of the national park by helicopter.
- The passengers should have a good physical condition, since some days there are up to 7 or 8 hours of hiking.
- It is possible to hire indigenous carriers to have the backpacks and personal effects. Each one can carry up to 15 kilos at a price of $ 30 per day per carrier. It can be a carrier for 2 people while not exceeding 15 kg luggage.
We recommend bringing:
- internal or external armored backpack, waterproof in case of rain.
- good sleeping bag.
- resistant pair of trekking boots.
- pair of light shoes or sandals.
- bathing suit, cap and towel.
- sweater (thermal sweater or similar).
- poncho or jacket for the rain.
- set of warm sleeping clothing.
- moisturizer, repellent for insects.
- pair of sun glasses.
- some batteries.
- personal medicaments.
- sweets or chocolates to re-gain energy.
- plastic bags to keep everything dry inside the backpack.
- large plastic bags (or backpack cover) to protect your backpack from the rain.
- All kinds of ecotourism activities depend on adequate weather conditions and accessibility. So, the above mentioned program is subject to modifications if the conditions could endanger the security and comfort of the travelers.
- Doesn’t need vaccine for this expedition because there is not Paludismo in the zone.
- This excursion requires good physical condition and a friendly, cooperative team of participants.
- Special Roraima and Kukenan Tepuys Overflight.