Why book this tour?
Simply because you cannot do a trip like this with anyone else! Relationships cultivated over many years with the Shirian Tribe allow us to bring you this pioneering tour.
"Explore has certainly raised the bar by introducing this extraordinary trip, blurring even further the fuzzy line between adventure tourism and genuine exploration" Chris Haslam, Tribal adventure in Venezuela
2011 Standard Itinerary
- 14 Breakfasts
- 12 Lunches
- 11 Dinners
- 2 nights Hotel (Standard)
- 1 night Jungle Hut (Basic)
- 8 nights Jungle Shelter (Basic)
- 3 nights Camping (Basic)
Motorised Canoe/Bus/Flights as itinerary.
Approx 10 -
Minimum Age: 14
Explore Tour Leader/local guides/boatmen/drivers.
Conditions are basic and the going will be tough, but the reward is immeasurable. This tour operates in the wet season when water levels should be at their highest, allowing for easier navigation along the rivers, however, please be prepared to walk and help carry equipment around shallow areas and rapids.
Cultural Discovery Tour In Venezuela
The glistening waters of Angel Falls knife downwards in a single unbroken cascade, leaping some 975m off the vertical escarpment of Auyan Tepui (Devil's Mountain, 2400m) - the tallest waterfall in the world. When water levels allow, our launch will carry us over the rapids to the base of the falls. Then, with the sound of the falls fading behind us, we head downstream for the next leg of our adventure.
Journey to the Tribal Lands
From the frontier town of La Paragua our journey into the hinterland begins in earnest. Three days by motorised dug-out canoe, traversing raging rapids and spectacular falls, sees us emerge from the jungle-lined banks of the Paragua river to Kavaimaken Village, home to the Shirian Indians. The Shirian Indians are a little known sub-group of the Yanomami Indians whose lands are limited to the upper reaches of the Paragua river and the head waters of the Uraricaa river in Brazil. Their settlements are all along the banks of these rivers and, although they are traditionally jungle hunters and gatherers, recently they have adapted to using the river for fishing and communicating with the outside world.
Shirian Village Life
Our time in the village is spent with the Shirian tribe, learning about their way of life. We hope to join them on a fishing excursion and with luck they will guide us up the Ichun River to Ichun Falls where we will make an overnight camp. Returning to the village for the final time, we leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of this small community and their ancestral lands.
Itinerary [+] Detailed Itinerary
Join tour Caracas
Motorised canoe down Akanan River to Iwana Meru
Canoe to Arenal; swimming and jungle walks
Launch to Angel Falls. Walk to Alexander Laime’s lookout
Launch to Canaima. Optional boat trip to Sapo Falls
Fly La Paragua. Motorised canoe to Uraima Falls
Motorised canoe to Carapo rapids
Canoe and walk to Kavaimaken Village
Canoe to Ichun Falls
Canoe to Kavaimaken Village
In Kavaimaken village and environs
Canoe to Uraima Falls
Canoe to La Paragua and bus to Cuidad Bolivar
Drive Puerto Ordaz, fly Caracas. Tour ends Caracas Airport.