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Nature and discovery Travel Around Venezuela 11D/10N

Programme Overview

The Andes or Maracaibo + Llanos + Caribbean Coast

This nature and discovery Tour Around Venezuela 11D/10N is the perfect one to explore a vast area of Venezuela and its most amazing places of interests such as: Los Llanos, the Andes, and the Caribbean coast. You will be able to see everything! The Venezuelan local guides, host families, hospitable people, and wonderful landscapes will give you a proper Venezuela experience.

This detailed programme is just an overview of some of our available activities among many others. Remember you might be able to make some modifications to the current tourist programme based upon your personal preferences.

  • - Meeting local families will make you feel closer to the country.
  • - The Price-quality ratio is one of the best for this type of stay.
  • - Long roads in remote areas that are difficult to access are usual.

Detailed Programme

mérida Town Centre
Day 1: Arrival in Venezuela and Transfer to The Andes

Once your international flight arrives in Caracas, claim your luggage at the carousel. After going through customs, follow the transit flight sign until you get to the national airport, and check in at the counter; it will take you about 10 minutes to go from the international flights area to the national one. Our driver is going to pick you up at the airport in El Vígia city and take you directly to your posada (a sort of inn) in mérida (1h30- 2h).
Meals: (--)
Accommodation: Hacienda colonial Buenaventura. Hot water and electricity.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: mobile network & 3G.

Days 2/3/4: 2 options!!
Option 1: Itinerary « Adventure »

Los Nevados
Day 2: Discover the most beautiful small villages in the Andes

On this trip, you’re going to visit Los Nevados, a picturesque andean village hidden among breathtaking high mountains. Walking around this unchanged 16th century village feels like you’re back in the Spanish colonial era. For this trip, pack the necessary items for 3 days, and make sure to leave some extra ones at your posada in Mérida. Our trip starts at 08:00AM in a 4X4 Toyota vehicle. Your guide is going to take you to the most beautiful and isolated Andean villages in the Andes. After 3 hours on a rough, unpaved road (60km) and several stops to watch the magnificent scenery, you'll finally reach Los Nevados village. Once there, your guide will be willing to take you for a walk or for ride on a mule around the village.
Meals: (-L-D).
Accommodation: Posada Bella Vista, a simple, rustic and cosy inn. Thick blankets, hot water and electricity.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: Poor mobile signal.
The Paramo
Day 3 : Visit the Paramo, a Wonderful Mountain Destination in Venezuela

On this hike, you’ll be able to see the Andean paramos, one of the world’s most unique mountainous ecosystems. This place is very well-known for its exotic vegetation like the frailejón plant, for its beautiful views, and for its relatively low temperatures (18°C/-2°C). The hike starts at 07:30AM after a generous local breakfast. It’s a 4-hour ride on a mule to Alto de la Cruz, that is the highest point at 4,200 m. above sea level (The mules will carry your luggage up to this point); and then, a 3-hour walk up to your destination, a mountain hut at 2,600 m. Once there, your guide will cook something for you. It is important for you to know that altitude sickness might be an issue for some people. In this case, your guide must find you an easier path which will also be as astonishing and beautiful as the main one.
Meals: (B-L-D)
Accommodation: At Pedro's mountain hut. Cold water and no electricity.
Communication: Poor mobile signal.
Sierra Nevada National Park
Day 4 : Return to Tabay

Your return to Tabay starts at around 08:30AM; however, this may be subject to change, depending on your decision or weather conditions. The small footpath goes downhill on an amazing four-hour walk through a lush and humid forest to your final destination. On your way back to town, your tour guide may suggest an hour detour in order to see some lovely glacial lakes. Once you’re back in Tabay, a driver will finally pick you up and take you to your posada in Mérida, the same location you stayed overnight for the first time.
Meals: (B-L-)
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Accommodation: Hacienda Colonial Buenaventura. Hot water and electricity.
Communication: mobile network & 3G.

Option 2: Visit & Discover.

Catatumbo Lightning
Day 2 : Watch the World’s Most MysteRíous Lightning Phenomenon from a Village Built on Stilts

On this trip, you are going to visit three fantastic places: Jají, a very well preserved Spanish colonial village; Las Cuevas del Pirata (The Pirate’s Caves), an enigmatic eco-tourist park with interesting caves; and finally, a settlement built out of stilts over Lake Maracaibo, the largest lake in South America. At the end of the day, you’ll also be able to observe the Catatumbo lightning, a unique natural phenomenon that has won the Guinness world record for having the highest number of lightning per square kilometer per year. Our trip starts at 08:00AM First, you and your guide will be driven to Jaji village. Here, you can find arts and crafts. Then, back on the curvy road, we’ll go through dense vegetation and spectacular waterfalls in the mountains, and after some lay-bys to enjoy the astonishing scenery, we'll get to the town of La Azulita. Once here, we will visit Las Cuevas del Pirata (the Pirate’s Cave), where it is believed that pirates of the Caribbean used to come into to take refuge. Afterwards, you can have lunch at a nearby traditional food restaurant. Later, you will be taken to Puerto Concha (02h 30min), where the boat departure point is (here, you’ll also be able to see monkeys and toucans). Next, you’ll continue your trip on a boat across the lake for about two hours, dolphins might be seen leaping and swimming alongside the boat. Finally, we’ll get to the stilt village near Congo Mirador. Once here, you’ll have to set up your hammock from where you might be able to see the Catatumbo lightning, a mysteRíous symphony of rapid-fire lightning bolts that create the greatest light show on Earth, more than 40,000 bolts ripping across the night sky as many as 180 nights a year for nine hours at a time.
Meals: (-L-D)
Accommodation: Local family, on hammocks. Cold water and no electricity.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: No network.
Village of Congo Mirador, Lake Maracaibo
Día 3 : Discover South America’s Largest Lake, and Stay Overnight at a Mountain House

The next stop is the village of Congo Mirador, an unusual place where the fire station, the church and the schools are built on stilts; students literally have to get in the water and make their way to their classrooms. We will leave at 08:00AM Once you get to Congo Mirador, you along with your guide can visit some streams, and watch numerous butterflies and birds species such as: herons and ospreys. Back on the motorboat, we’ll take you back to Puerto Concha, and after two hours of sailing, you’ll be able to have lunch at a small local restaurant at midday. Then, we’ll continue our trip all the way back to the valley of Mérida, taking a detour towards the Andean villages up in the mountains of Sierra Nevada National Park (a whole 5-hour trip, 250 km). The curvy, rough dirt road that takes us to the Andean villages gets narrower and narrower all the time until we finally reach the village of Los Nevados where you’ll stay overnight at an altitude of 2,500 m. above sea level!
Meals: (B-L-D)
Accommodation: Simple Posada. Hot water and electricity.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: Partial mobile network.
Los Nevados
Day 4: Visit the Most Beautiful Villages in the Andes at 2,500 m. above Sea Level

We will start our morning in Los Nevados, a charming village that has remained almost unchanged since 1591. Along with your guide, you’ll be able to enjoy watching the magnificent Andean scenery and visit its surroundings on foot or by mule. The hospitality of its people and the incredible calm of this magical place are the two things you will love the most. Later, you’ll have lunch at 12:00PM; and finally, you have to take the local Transport and go all the way back to Mérida city (60km, 3h).
Meals: (B-L-)
Accommodation: Hacienda Colonial Buenaventura. Hot water and electricity.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: Mobile network & 3G.

You must choose either option 1 or 2!

Journey from the Andes to Los Llanos
Day 5: An Amazing Journey from the Andes to the South American Grasslands

On this trip, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Los Llanos, a vast tropical grassland plain the size of Germany. Located between Colombia and Venezuela, this savannah is very well known for its important and unique biodiversity. Here, you will be able to see several species of birds such as: scarlet ibises, herons, savannah hawks, double-striped thick-knees, spectacled thrushes; wild reptiles such as: anacondas, spectacled caimans, gold tegus, iguanas; and the largest rodent in the world: the capybara. Our trip starts at 08:00AM from mérida. We will go over the mountains to Barinas, on a paved road that reaches the 3,500 m. at its highest point (134 km, 3h 30 min). We will feel how temperatures will start rising rapidly as we go getting closer to the foothills. Depending on time schedule and weather conditions, we will make several stops and a 1-hour hike around the mountain lakes and through the pine forests. After leaving the mountains behind, we we’ll make a stop to eat lunch at a traditional restaurant where we will try “Carne en vara” (Venezuelan-style grilled beef). Later, we will continue our trip towards Mantecal. From this point on, the climate will start changing gradually, and more and more abundant wildlife can be seen as we go deeper into the Savannah. (350km, 3h 30min). Once we get to Mantecal, you are going to stay overnight with a host family.
Meals: (-L-D)
Accommodation: Viviano's family, cold water and electricity during the night.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: No network.
Red Ibis, Los Llanos Venezuela
Day 6 : Watch Caimans and Other Spectacular Wild Animals

In this region, there is a large number of majestic wide slow rivers that are home to countless species of animals such as: red ibises, white and black storks (Jabiru), kingfishers, herons, eagles, turtles, dolphins and tapirs. So, after having breakfast, we will go for a safari boat ride on one of the most well preserved rivers of Los Llanos; you will be able to enjoy bird-watching, seeing dolphins and giant river otters, and photographing wildlife in general. After this pleasant activity, you will return to your camp for an outdoor meal. You will go on safari in a 4X4 vehicle in the afternoon. You can sit on the roof of the vehicle and enjoy a 360° panoramic view. This day ends with the capture of alligators and the observation of wild anteaters.
Meals: (B-L-D)
Accommodation: Viviano's family, cold water and electricity during the night.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication : No network.
Caiman catching, Los Llanos Venezuela
Day 7: Anacondas Search, Horse Riding and Piranhas Fishing

Horseback riding, searching for anacondas and fishing piranhas are three experiences you simply cannot miss this day. After breakfast, you'll be able to ride a horse and go even deeper into the savannah. Horseback riding is the best way to get closer enough to watch and photograph wild animals. It’s also possible to go walking in the Savannah if you wish. After finishing these activities, you will go back to your camp for an outdoor meal. The afternoon will be devoted to looking for anacondas and fishing piranhas you could eat for dinner!
Accommodation: Viviano's family, cold water and electricity during the night.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication : No network.
Picture of Los Llanos, Venezuela
Día 8: Transfert from Los Llanos to the Caribbean coast beaches

We leave for Barinas at 8:00 a.m. (300km; 3h 30min). Once there, you’ll have lunch and in the afternoon, you will be driven to the town of Maracay (250km, 03h30). It’s a scenic 2-hour drive over steep mountain roads from Maracay to Choroní (80km).
Meals: (*B-L-)
Accommodation: Posada Turpial (Puerto Colombia); hot water and electricity.
Communication: Mobile network, 3G & Wi-Fi.
Transport: Middle-sized Sedan.
* Small and Simple lunch depending on your departure time.
Beaches in Choroní, Venezuela
Days 9 & 10 : Have fun on the Caribbean coast beaches, and visit the Cacao farms

These two days, you will visit the Choroní beach, considered one of the best beaches in Venezuela. There, you’ll find the fun and relaxation you need. Your posada will be located in the heart of the small colonial-style village of Puerto Colombia (Choroní). You could arrange a fishing boat for you to visit Cepe or Chuao (Not included, it might cost up to 30 euro/day).
Meals: (B--)
Accommodation: Posada Turpial (Puerto Colombia); hot water and electricity.
Communication: Mobile Network, 3G & WiFi.
Day 11 : Return to the Airport, and Take your International Flight

You’ll be driven back to Caracas Airport (4-5h; 220km). Once you get there, you’ll be able to board your international flight. We recommend you should be at the check-in counter 5 hours before your flight.
Meals : (B*--)
Accommodation: none.
Transport: Middle-sized Berline.
Communication: Mobile network, 3G & Wi-Fi.
* Depending on your departure time.
  • Double and triple accommodation in regional cities:
  • Options 1 or 2 : trip 11D/10N
  • 4 people or more : prices start at 790 Euros/p
  • 2 people : prices start at 1190 Euros/p
  • high season rates: +15%

The following things are included in the price:
  • - All means of Transport: flights, boat trips, 4X4 vehicles and taxis from Caracas and to Caracas.
  • - 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, except for those mentioned in Choroní.
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.
  • - Optional excursions (Choroní).
  • - 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.
Ecoturism map 10 days Venezuela