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Angel Falls and Orinoco AF

Visiting: Venezuela
Tour Duration 15 Days
  • Waterfalls of Canaima
  • Canaima National Park
  • Orinoco Delta
  • Anteater
  • Venezuela Birdlife
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Simple
 

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10 , 08/11/13

Name

Clare

Tour Name

Angel Falls & Orinocco

Tour Code

AF

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Chance to get up close to lots of wildlife.

Tour Leader Name

Carlucco.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

An exceptional cook and a master of world music. Very friendly and helpful.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Cover up to avoid being insect bitten. The animals are here and so are the bugs. Cushion is essential for boat travel, up to angel falls the canoe is basic and you sit on a plank for several hours. Even though explore recomend a raincoat I think a poncho is best. Theres water on floor and when you enter the rapids its like someone throwing buckets of water over you.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

We only saw a handful of tourists which makes this remote and adventurous. It probably also means relatively unspoilt. Some facilities are basic but intertwined with good standard hotels. If you swim the gorge at kavac the guides bring proper drybags for your valuables but you may like to take your own to cover rainy showers elsewhere and on the canoe. If you've never seen a flock of scarlet ibis gathering in a small round tree to decorate it like a Christmas tree its well worth it. If you like spotting birds you'll be blown away. I'm more into mammmals and was in awe at the two families of wild giant otters we got close to.

 
9 , 08/11/13

Name

Steve Gilbert

Tour Name

Angel Falls & Orinocco

Tour Code

AF

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

See Angel Falls from the bottom as the sun was on it. The misty clouds of vapour creating a rainbow. Or maybe (but I'm not a birdwatcher) seeing the wildlife at Los Llanos. I had no idea there were big flocks of birds all Unnatuarlly or impossibly Bright Red (scarlet Ibis)flying across the deep blue sky.

Tour Leader Name

Carlucco

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Carlucco was full of enthusiasm and energy. He was in his element camping away from cities and airports. He was the best camp cook I've had on any tour, inventive and tasty were all his meals. His pitfall was the stress he encountered at airports when the officials are too quick to be intimidating bullies who change the rules to suit themselves.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Firstly watch the exchange rate. There was an official rate of 6 bolivars to the dollar or an unofficial rate of 20-36 to the dollar. Research first so you don't get ripped off. It's also relevant that at time of us going they accepted bolivars in airport duty free at a rate of about 6. So things listed in bolivars (which was everything) were cheap but items bought in dollars were extortionate. No cigarette duty free. Secondly and maybe more importantly - you will get bitten by bugs. Deet was effective against mosquitoes but they were few. Sand flies, ants and horsefly types were many and very hungry. Take more tan one repellent see what works, but preferably keep covered up.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

The Bavarian town at end was very pleasant, very chocolate boxy but weather is cool. It rained when we visited and perhaps would have been outstanding if it were sunny.

 
0 RMD, 15/05/12
Venezuela – not exactly on the tourist trail but this is one of the world’s hidden gems! (Shush don’t tell everyone!) I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect - the trip notes sounded exciting and I was keen to see Angel Falls but the holiday went far, far beyond my expectations. Venezuela is stunningly beautiful and every day of this trip was an adventure. If you are looking for something different away from the crowds then this could be for you. Each part of the trip had a different flavour – the Delta offered a gentle start exploring the waterways and meeting the Warao tribe. There was plenty of time to relax, try out some piranha fishing with the local kids, watch the local wildlife or practice your hammock technique! The journey to the remote Angel Falls was, for me, the highlight of the trip. We flew south to the Gran Sabana in small 6 seater planes so had our first view of the Falls from the air – breathtaking! Landing at a small Indian camp, we spent a magical day swimming, canyoning, cheering on the local kids in footie and feasting on the wonderful food produced by our hosts. The camp is surrounded by mysterious, strange shaped tepuis (mountains) shrouded with constantly changing clouds – walking out onto the plain at sunrise surrounded by these sacred peaks was very special. Then onward to the falls by boat through the jungle, sleeping in hammocks at night with campfires and neverending skies full of stars. And at the end - magnificent Angel Falls! A hot, sweaty, slippery climb brought us to a pool at the base of the falls and a welcome cooling down dip. Los Llanos in the east was completely different – vast, flat wet plains with big skies and teeming with wildlife, particularly birdlife. And then, the final part of the journey brought us high into the mountains to a typically Bavarian village! Bizarre, but just another element to this fascinating country. This is NOT a luxury holiday. Prepare to get wet – rain, waterfalls, and spray from the river while on the boats; prepare for bugs – you will be in the jungle after all; prepare to be patient – things don’t always run on time but relax, unwind and drink in the atmosphere. Most of all, prepare to be stunned at every turn by nature in all of its glory. Fall asleep in your hammock to the sound of the jungle, wake to the deep rumblings of howler monkeys and the splendour of a Gran Sabana sunrise. Six months on and my longing to return to this spectacular country has not waned. It’s an amazing place and Explore make the experience unforgettable – don’t miss it!
 
 
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