Discover the remarkable diversity of Venezuela, once an inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World". This private journey discovers the amazing array of wildlife in the lowland plains of Los Llanos, explores the channels of South America's second largest delta and ends in a mysterious land of tabletop mountains and waterfalls, including the world's highest, Angel Falls.
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Fly to Caracas, via Paris, with Air France. Stay 1 night at the Marriott Playa Grande Hotel on the coast. (N)
Fly to Barinas. Transfer through the savannas of Los Llanos to Hato El Cedral for 3 nights. These vast seasonally-flooded plains, stretching between the Andes and the Orinoco Delta, are home to abundant and varied wildlife.
Local guided excursions by vehicle or boat to spot capybara, caiman, giant anteater, armadillo, anaconda, pink dolphin and birdlife including ibis, heron and egret. (B, L, D)
Return to Barinas and fly to Caracas. Stay 1 night at the Marriott Playa Grande Hotel. (B)
Transfer to Boca de Uracoa dock and continue by boat to the Orinoco Delta Lodge for 2 nights. The vast delta of Venezuela's mightiest river consists of numerous canals and islands and is a habitat for giant otter, howler and capuchin monkey, Orinoco dolphin, hummingbird, toucan and various other species. (L, D)
Take a boat trip and a jungle walk to explore the local flora and fauna, and visit Warao Indian communities to see their typical "palafito" dwellings. (B, L, D)
Return to Boca de Uracoa and transfer by road to the old port of Ciudad Bolivar. Short tour of the colonial centre and stay overnight at Posada Casa Grande. (B, L, D)
Fly to Canaima, a remote region of lush savannah, eerie Tepuys and numerous waterfalls. Stay 2 nights at Waku Lodge on the shores of the red-coloured lagoon. Afternoon excursion in a curiara canoe. (B, L, D)
Take a scenic flight over Angel Falls (subject to weather conditions). The world's highest falls plummet 979 metres from vertically rising cliffs and turn into mist before reaching the savannah floor. This afternoon visit Sapo Waterfalls by boat. (B, L, D)
Fly to Caracas, via Puerto Ordaz, for 1 night at the Marriott Playa Grande Hotel. (B)
Afternoon flight to London, via Paris, with Air France. (N)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This journey can be extended with a visit to the stunning Los Roques archipelago, the Andean region, the Henri Pittier National Park cloud forest and Choroni, or the Dutch Caribbean Islands. Please inquire for details.
Tourist infrastructure is relatively undeveloped in most parts of Venezuela, internal flights are often subject to delays and standard of services may vary. Accommodation at the Orinoco Delta Lodge is simple with no hot water. Cox & Kings has chosen the best accommodation available and feel that any deficiencies are compensated by the unique experiences and the country's natural wonders.
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