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Trekking to the Auyantepuy
A SPECTACULAR TREK TO THE SUMMIT OF THE AUYANTEPUY
One of South America's Most Impressive natural displays. The Auyantepuy is a high sandstone plateau that belongs to the Roraima formation, one of the oldest in the world (2.000 millions years), already existing during the time when Africa and America were one big continent. Its flat top has an area of approximately 700 km2, as large as to fit many of the Caribbean Islands on it. The Angel Falls, the Highest Waterfall in the World, drops from the mysterious Auyantepuy, name given by the Pemon Indians meaning "The House of the Waters". This Tepuy's major feature is the diversity of habitats and the endemic forms of life. The flora and the fauna on the top are completely different from those at the bottom and many species still remain unrecorded. On the top we can find swamps, sandstones fields, volcanic rock formations and pink rivers.
•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.
•Size of the group: MIN 4 PAX-MAX 12
•Averages of Trek: 6 hour/day
•Altitude: 1800 feet above sea level, ascending to 8,000
•Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
•Temperature: Average 25 C° MIN 2°C (at night)
•Personal equipment for the Expedition: the max weight allowed is 15 kilos /pax
•Season: October-April **Ask for departure dates
9 Days/ 8 Nights
Day 1. Caracas
Arrival to Maiquetia International airport, assistance and 45 min transfer to the hotel in Caracas. Overnight.
Day 2. Ciudad Bolivar – Kavac (LD)
Transfer to the airport. Flight Ciudad Bolivar-Kavac in a Cessna airplane (1 hour). Marvelous view of the underlying savannah and jungle landscape. With good weather we fly over Auyantepuy between the steep cliff walls of the "Devil's Mountain" and finally arrive to the longest free falling waterfall in the world. The "Angel Falls" plunges 979 mts down to form the Churun River. We land in Kavac, an idyllic village of palm-thatched huts that lies at the base of the massive tabletop mountain: The Auyantepuy. Arrive to the Indian Community of the Pemon Group in Kamarata, to breathe in the tranquility of this unique Indian village. This is the starting point of the trek. Trekking toward Guayaraca Camp, a beautiful camp located besides Guayaraca River. This journey is through an impressive opened plain and forests of the Uruyen Valley. The trekking will take about 6 hours, including stops for drinks and lunch. Overnight.
Day 3. Trekking (BLD)
Breakfast. We will continue up hill to reach the base camp at "El Peñon". It is a journey through pristine and dense cloud forest. Overnight.
Day 4. Trekking (BLD)
Breakfast. Non-technical ascent to the summit through dense forest, with a lot of endemic species (bromelias, orchids) with about seven places with the support of a fixed rope (no climbing). Arrival to Libertador Camp. The exploration on top will begin. Overnight.
Day 5. Trekking (BLD)
Enjoy a nutritious breakfast and prepare yourself for a delightful full day exploring on the top. The Auyantepuy is 700 square kilometers on top. Hike across a rugged plateau following an undulating, unmarked trail to the Orange River. Look for endemic wildlife and the most unique plants in the world.
Day 6. Trekking (BLD)
Breakfast. Descend to the Guayaraca Camp (about 8 hours including stops for drinks and lunch). Camping by the River. Overnight.
Day 7. Trekking (BLD)
Breakfast. Trek from Guayaraca Camp to our starting point in Kavac. Experience the adventure of Kavak's Cave. Under the natives guidance we will start a twenty minutes trek to the impressive Canyon. We begin walking along a wide savannah, with the amazing view of the rock wall formed by the Auyantepuy. As we walk toward the gorge the vegetation changes abruptly into dense jungle. The hiding places of ocelots, anteaters, macaws, parrots and toucans. You will enjoy the Kavak River and its many swimming holes, formed in the cavities of reddish shining rocks, which invite you to plunge. We will swim through a narrow gorge where cascading water fall down with great force creating a natural pool, where you will enjoy a relaxing bath.
The view of the waterfalls turns the adventure into a truly mystical experience; you will be surrounded by rock walls, which are formed by the tepuy's deep crevices, which open the visitors to the sight and sounds of the magnificent Kavak falls: a violent white water fall roaring through the middle of a gigantic circle of shiny stones. Return to the lodge. Dinner and overnight in this secluded and exotic place.
Day 8. Trekking (BLD)
Breakfast. Flight to Canaima. During your flight you will be taken thru the Tepuys and will have time to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Reception at Canaima Airport by the local bilingual guide, transfer in 4X4 jeep until the camp. Welcome cocktail. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the terrace just in front of the Lagoon. In the afternoon your guide will pick you up at the camp to take a canoe ride to the falls at Canaima Lagoon, short walk thru the forest up until Sapo and Sapito Falls. On your way you will walk under the water curtain that forms from the falling water. Once being up the mountain the view will left you breathless, in the middle of Canaima National Park, your local guide will give you detailed stories about the ancient rock formations, once considered the gods and goddess of the Indians. Time to enjoy a bath on the beach in front of the fall. Return the lodge. Exquisite gastronomic menus and sophisticated beverages are served by well-trained staff. It stretches out around the banks of the lake; the cabins are charmingly decorated, furnished with private bathrooms, hot water and all the amenities suited for the environment. Dinner and overnight
Day 9. Canaima- Puerto Ordaz-Caracas (B)
Breakfast. Free time until transfer to the airport to continue to Caracas or to another beautiful destination or flight back home...
• Airport Assistances.
• All Private transfers .
•1 night in Caracas Littoral with breakfast, taxes and services
•6 nights in rustic camps in hammocks and tents and full board and soft drinks.
•1 Night in Canaima Lodge with full board.
•Guide: English-speaking guide is provided during trekking.
•Entry fee to Canaima National Park
•Domestic Airport taxes
We Recommend Bringing
•A good pair of hiking boots as well as solid sneakers
•Sweat suit and T-shirts, swimsuit, towel, toilet articles
•Flashlight, camera equipment, films.
•Lightweight sleeping bag and light weight back pack
•Light shirts, light pants, long and shorts
•Light hat or cap, protection: mosquitoes, sun, rain
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