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GREEN VENEZUELA: THE BIG PLAINS, AMAZONS, AUTANA TEPUY EXPEDITION AND ORINOCO DELTA

Natural Sanctuaries, The Autana Tepuy on the Amazons - The mighty Orinoco Delta - Pristine beaches in the Venezuelan Caribbean

11 days / 10 nights


Day 1. Caracas - Barinas (D)
Arrival and assistance at the airport in Maiquetía. Welcome by a representative of Alborada Venezuela. Transfer to the National Airport to take the flight to Barinas. Arrival to the Plains, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 2. The Pains - Ranch (BLD)                               

Wildlife Sanctuarys
The Plains, in the heart of Venezuela, are one of the largest natural wildlife reserves. This region abounds in history, culture and an unforgettable folk music. Its climate, vegetation and rivers make this area an attractive heaven for wildlife from the surrounding areas. Life in the Venezuelan savannas constantly change dramatically in the cycle of drought and rainy, so the rivers during floods seemingly endless, turn to dust during the dry season. The reserves, with areas of hundreds of hectares of pastures, forests, savannah and rivers, provide shelter to a wide variety of animal species. The Venezuelan Plains are an unique blend of the American West and Safaris in the African Savannah. There, people still hunt and gather, preserve traditional customs. And the “llaneros”, dusty cowboys, try to tame their so wild and uncontrollable land.

Breakfast. Transfer to the Ranch, located in Apure State in the Southwest plains of Venezuela, where a refreshing tropical cocktail will be waiting for you. Lunch. Unforgettable trip along the River, a perfect opportunity to observe the Orinoco Goose, the Baguarí Stork, the American Herons, the King Vulture, Great Horned Owls, Brazilians Ducks, Macaws and more than 300 species of birds ...
You'll also be exciting close encounters with capybaras (the world's largest rodent), caiman, anacondas, freshwater dolphins, armadillos, tapirs, jaguars and giant anteaters. In the middle of the river lies “La Isla de los Chácharos”, where you can see a large number of birds. At night, dinner and overnight.

ay 3. The Plains – Ranch (BLD)
After enjoying the breakfast, excursion to discover the flora and fauna, combining hiking and horseback riding or surfing the lakes and rivers in the company of a naturalist guide. Return to the Ranch for lunch and to recover energy for the evening depart to other excursions.in the evening If you're lucky, you will have fun with performances by a local folk group, playing traditional instruments of The Plains: Arpa, Cuatro and Maracas, and dances presented by local companies wearing the costumes of the region. Dinner and overnight.
                   
Day 4. The Plains – The Amazonas “Puerto Ayacucho” (BL)
Breakfast and enjoy the last minutes in the Ranch, exploring the natural surroundings or just relaxing in one of the great beds while awaiting the departure time. Lunch. Land transfer to Puerto Ayacucho, the capital of Amazonas State and located on the right bank of the Orinoco River, at the state northwest. Currently, a warm but lively river port was located in front of the picturesque Colombian population of Casuarito, what motivates an interesting movement of passengers and trade between the two locations. The landscape on the outskirts draws a lot of attention with its large black stones, grassy savannas and green “morichales”, through which sparkling streams run. Accommodation.

Expedition to the Autana Tepuy
In The Autana Tepuy you will have the chance to enjoy tepuy formations rising from the amazonian jungles, together with metamorphic granite formations. There, you can board a canoe along the Sipapo river until the Autana river, passing floodable forests, sandy beaches, a few rapids and weird rock formations. You´ll also have the chance to meet Piaroa and Wahibo indians at the camp of Ceeguera, which offers a spectacular view of the 1.300 m high Autana tepuy. In the Wahari mountain, where you can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding jungles, rivers and mountain formations.

Day 5. Puerto Ayacucho – Autana (BLD)
Breakfast. Jeep tour to Samariapo Port. During the tour (45min), crossing of the Orinoco River floodplains and passing through the Maipures and Atures non-navigable torrents. Beginning of the navigation in motored bongos with roof down the Orinoco River to Mouse Island, after a break on the island continue to go up Sipapo River. Lunch at a small waterfall (Caldron rapids) and enjoy a refreshing swim. The navigation continues to Autana River. Arrival to the Indigenous community “Boca de Autana”, where you will dine and sleep in hammocks with mosquito nets. We sill spend the night sharing with the indigenous and with the shaman of the community.

Day 6. “Piaroa” Indigenous community– Autana River (BLD)
A good breakfast energizes the traveler to walk in the jungle around the community. Then take the boat to sail up the Autana River. Visit to some “Piaroa” communities in the area and continue the journey to reach the “Blindness Torrent” in front of the awesome Autana, where Indians await the visitors to lunch. After a break, walk 2 hours to the top of the Wahari Hill. From this magical place you can contemplate the vastness of the Amazon jungle with the Autana in front. We can fish and swim in the clear waters. Dinner and overnight in hammocks with mosquito nets in the Piaroa Community, on the banks of the river facing the Grand Autana.

Day 7. Samariapo Port – Puerto Ayacucho (BL)
After breakfast we continue down the river to reach Samariapo port. Lunch along the way to continue sailing until Puerto Ayacucho. Visit to the ethnological museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8. Maturín (BD)
Breakfast. Visit to the Indian Museum. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Puerto Ayacucho - Maturin via Caracas. Transfer to a cattle ranch with more than a million hectares located in the plains near the Orinoco Delta. Enjoy the contact with nature in the east of the Venezuelan plains and the Delta. If time allows, we will be able to ride horses, see the work of farmers, admire the vast plains or just relax in the hammocks. Dinner and overnight.
              
Day 9. Excursion to the Orinoco Delta (BLD)                      
Breakfast.  Transfer to the heart of the Orinoco Delta, arrive to the pier to take the Indian boat and navigate till the Camp in Orinoco Delta.
The Orinoco River, which goes along the inner side of the country, and which in the Indian language means “father of our land”, has formed over the millennia one of the largest deltas in the world. This is a vast region of wild forest, damp jungles and mangrove swamps through which flows an intricate system of rivers, estuaries and channels carrying the waters of this great river to one or another of its more than 70 major mouths. In this labyrinth lots of very small bayous grow in size and the great channels turn into swamps. This primitive land is inhabited by the Warao Indians whose adaptation to an amphibious life and utilization of the limited resources of a world strange to most people has fascinated visitors to the Delta since the 16th century.
Jungles activities to discover this strange world, the heart of the Orinoco Delta. Fantastic adventure through the green jungle of the Delta. Departure from Maturin to the pier and take a "canoe" to navigate to the camp. The tour is approx. 1 hour from the port of Boca de Uracoa. Installation in double cabins with beds and private bathroom. Lunch. Visit to the Warao indigenous community. Then experience the adventure of an exotic jungle walk where you will have close contact with the flora and fauna, and possible piranha fishing. Sometimes night trips are made by canoe. At night you can buy a drink at the bar in the riverbank. Dinner. Accommodation.

Day 10. Orinoco Delta (BLD)
Breakfast. Tours and several activities in the delta: navigation through different channels, observation of flora and fauna, walking in the middle of the forest and learning about certain plants and their uses; fishing of the terrible piranha, visit one Warao indigenous community. Lunch, dinner and overnight.

Day 11. Orinoco Delta – Caracas (B)
Breakfast. Early in the morning enjoy the lush beauty of the fauna of this region. Free time to relax. Waterway transfer to the pier. And then to the Maturin Airport. Fly back to Caracas to take some of the Caribbean beach extensions or our international flight back home.

Included
•Assistance at the airport.
•Private transfers in/out
•1 night in Barinas with breakfast.
•2 nights in The Plains with full board and excursions.
•2 nights in Puerto Ayacucho with half board.
•2 Nights Autana´s expedition in hammocks, full board and soft drinks
•1 night in Maturin at the Ranch with breakfast and dinner included.
•2 nights at the Orinoco Delta with full board and excursions.
•Local guides
•All domestic flights:
•Caracas - Barinas
•Puerto Ayacucho - Caracas
•Caracas – Maturín - Caracas

Not included
•Domestic Airport taxes
•Waterproofexpedition to Canaima, ending in the beautiful beaches of Mochima National Park.
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