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Jungle Trip on The Caura River - 5D/4N

The Caura River is a tributary of the Orinoco River, located in Bolívar State in Venezuela. It drains the Guayanan Highlands moist forests eco-region. The Caura is inhabited by both the Ye'kuana and Sanema indigenous groups. On this trip, we will go through a pristine vast jungle before we finally reach the Orinoco River. Here, you are going to discover the spectacular untamed wilderness of the Amazon. You are also going to meet some indigenous tribes, observe the different species of plants and animals of this unique and beautiful place, and visit Pará Falls, a 5,608-meter wide waterfall on the Caura River, the second largest in the world. These half-moon shaped falls are formed where two parts of the river come together and drop down almost 60 meters, each side of a lush, green jungle island.

  • -This is an extraordinary place of high ecological value that you must visit.
  • -In this tour, you will observe an exuberant and well-preserved natural environment, meet indigenous tribes and learn about their culture.
  • -Rustic accommodation.
  • -Delicious meals, but not very varied.

Detailed Itinerary

video Caura Venezuela

native statue expedition amazonas Caura Venezuela
native statue expedition amazonas Caura Venezuela
Day 1: Go Deep into to the Amazon Tropical Rainforest

We’ll leave early in the morning towards Maripa that is a 3-hour drive away (230km). Once we get there, we’ll eat lunch on the Orinoco River bank. Then, we will go for a boat ride on the Caura River before reaching La Cocuiza, a simple nice camp that Mr. Julio has built all by himself in the middle of the dense tropical rainforest.
Meals: (L-D).
Accommodation: Camp La Cocuiza. You’ll sleep in a hammock with a mosquito net by the river bank.
Transport: Mid-size sedan.
Communication: No network.

Important information on gold mining: The Caura River as well as many other rivers in the Amazon are currently being victims of the negative impact of indiscriminate and widespread illegal mining. On this trip, you will realise what is actually happening there. Although there are still very well-preserved areas, there are some others that are being affected by pollution and other collateral illegal mining problems that are affecting both the indigenous communities’ lifestyle and their ancestral traditions and customs.

Camp La Cocuiza
Camp La Cocuiza
Day 2: Be Part of a Memorable Encounter with Indigenous Tribes

This morning, we will continue our 4-hour trip on a dugout canoe before we stop to eat lunch by the river bank. Here you will see many beautiful butterflies that will probably land on you. Later, we’ll keep sailing down the river and stop by a small community. You’ll get surprised to see a few children playing around the area while their parents are dealing with their everyday chores. In fact, most of adults go hunting and farming during the day, so you will not see most of them. Back in our canoe, we’ll head to El Playón, a camp inhabited by only gold miners. One hour before getting to that camp, we will pass by one of the many military checkpoints in the area, so be aware for them not to take you by surprise. Here you have to show your passport, and please don’t forget to smile. Finally, you'll arrive in El Playón, the camp where gold miners live (the gold mine is one and a half day walk from el Playón). This camp is surrounded by many waterfalls, which makes it a great place for you to swim. You can also settle into one of the huts that overlooks the river.
Meals: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Camp El Playón. Hammocks, cold water, electricity only at night, and sanitation facilities (no shower; you can bathe in the river).
Transport: Motorised dugout canoe.
Communication: No network.
Pará Falls
Pará Falls
Day 3: Hike to Pará Falls

This morning we will walk through the jungle for around three hours to see Pará Falls. On our way to the falls, we will pass through a small village and visit a house where cassava flour is produced. Going back along the path, the waterfall can already been seen through the vegetation. We’ll pass by a military checkpoint; and a little farther ahead, we’ll finally get to a place where you can take a closer look at the falls. On our way back, two options are available: you can either return along the same path or take a side route that leads to a place where you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the Caura River. In this case, going downhill will be somewhat difficult because there are many rocks, roots and lianas (woody vines). We’ll finally be back in camp after walking a little while.
Meals: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Camp El Playón. Hammocks, cold water, electricity only at night, and sanitation facilities (no shower; you have to bathe in the river). Transport: Transport: Motorised dugout canoe.
Communication: No network.
The Caura River
The Caura River
Day 4: Sail along the Caura River

After breakfast, we'll leave El Playón and continue to sail downstream through a branch of the river in order to fish and try to see dolphins. Lunch will be served on a small beach full of butterflies alongside the river. You can fish all what you wish in this place. In the afternoon, we’ll be back to camp La Cocuiza.
Meals: (B-L-D).
Accomodation: Camp La Cocuiza. Hammocks, cold water, electricity only at night, and sanitation facilities (no shower; you have to bathe in the river).
Communication: No network.
Tourists on the Riverbank
Tourists on the Riverbank
Day 5: Back in Ciudad Bolivar

We’ll sail back to Maripa early in the morning for around 4 hours. A driver will be waiting for you there. Then, he will take you back to Ciudad Bolivar, which is a 3-hour drive away.
Meals: (B--).
Accommodation: None.
Transportation: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: Mobile network, 3G and Wi-Fi.
  • Expedition 5D/4N
  • 4 people or more : 390 Euros/p
  • High season rates: +15%

The following things are included in the price:
  • - All means of transport: boat trips, 4X4 vehicles and taxis from Ciudad Bolivar and to Ciudad Bolivar.
  • - All of the accommodation facilities.
  • - Meals when specified (B-L-D) = (Breakfast-Lunch-Diner).
  • - Guides speak English & Spanish.
  • - All the excursions and safaris mentioned in the programme.
Not included:
  • - International flights.
  • - Airport taxes (about 5euros/pers/flight).
  • - Alcoholic beverages.
  • - Meals when not specified (by yourself) (--) = no meals included.
  • - Private English-speaking guide during the whole tour.
  • - Personal expenses.
  • - All sorts of insurance.
  • - Everything that is not mentioned above « is included in the price».
Travel organization:
Our programmes are individually organised in terms of dates and content. However, our tours are not fully private, so you could meet other travellers at different stages of your trip.
What to Bring?
Hat; sunscreen; water bottle; hike pants; insect repellent; headlamp; raincoat; passport copy; sleeping bag liner; you don’t need big, heavy or cumbersome shoes, but good trainers (orienteering shoes); plastic bags to keep water away from electronic devices; first-aid-kit; polar fleece jacket; bath towel.
Further Advice:
Don't forget your travel insurance! You can benefit from the travel cancellation insurance offered by your credit-card company when paying for your tourist package at our point of sale. You must get neither a visa nor vaccination to come to Venezuela. However, Franbrasil Tour’s C.A. recommends you should get the yellow fever vaccine and the preventive treatment of malaria. You also need to have a valid passport for at least six months before arriving in Venezuela, and you have to carry it with you when travelling within the country.
Means of transport are mentioned as examples of the models of vehicles used most often.
Map of the Caura river Venezuela